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A busy Tuesday begins with links


FROM PULLMAN — There's plenty to do in the next 48 hours. But Tuesday's morning post is always like the calm before the storm — not a ton of reading material, but just enough to prepare myself for another busy week ahead. Read on, if that's your thing.

Did anyone watch “Safe House” and not notice that it's the exact same movie as “The Bourne Identity?” Still a good film. I'm just sayin'. … Not much on the WSU front today, but as usual, that will change this afternoon. Ken Bone will speak with local reporters at 11:10 before making his weekly appearance on the Pac-12 coaches teleconference. Then, we'll get busy writing our weekly profile on a WSU assistant football coach — this week it's Paul Volero, outside linebackers coach — and hopefully speak with another assistant or two before the day is over. Then, we'll sleep, get on a plane for Los Angeles and set up camp for the foreseeable future. The Cougars aren't returning to Pullman in between their regular season finale against USC on Saturday and the opening game of the Pac-12 tournament the following Wednesday. Wouldn't make much sense, being as they'd have to return to the Palouse that Sunday before hopping right back on a plane on Tuesday. So WSU is hoping it will have a lengthy stay in Southern California. We'll be with them as long as they're still playing. … Speaking of the Pac-12 tourney, I'm wondering who Cougar fans would rather earn the No. 1 seed between Washington, California and outside contenders Oregon and Colorado. I ask because WSU is guaranteed the No. 8 vs No. 9 game, and should they win that one, they'd be matched against the No. 1 seed. Of course, nobody on the WSU side will be looking past its first-round opponent (or the upcoming weekend, for that matter), which figures to be Oregon State, but just as a point of conversation, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the matter. … This is a day old (I didn't see it yesterday) and I'm sure you all are ready to move on from Saturday's game, but Jim Moore wrote a column about it in the Kitsap Sun. … The WSU baseball team completed its double-header against Nebraska-Omaha yesterday, winning both games. … Mike Leach is mentioned in this Sporting News column with burning questions from around the conference. … Tweeted this Sunday and meant to link it on Monday morning, but had a good look at WSU basketball signee Richard Longrus a couple days ago.

Arizona's Kyle Fogg was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, and Bruce Pascoe breaks down some Pac-12 tournament seeding scenarios. … Bob Clark previews what could be a wild final weekend. … Still high from its big win over Stanford, Utah wants to take its act on the road. The Utes' coach isn't sure how his team will react to actually winning for once. … Carlon Brown picked a bad time to start slumping for Colorado. … Oregon is on the NCAA tournament bubble, according to the Sporting News. … More on Stanford's quarterback competition this spring. … Some West Coast weekend action and reaction from Jon Wilner. … WSU ranks eighth in this week's conference power rankings from … Ryan Divish makes a case for Lorenzo Romar as Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

We'll be back later  with news from Bone's press conferences.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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