This feature wasn't supposed to start until Tuesday. Really haven't figured out a name yet – thanks for all the suggestions by the way, but want to run them by the boss and see what sticks – or a format, but what is the blogosphere better for than innovation and change? So what you see today may not be what you see tomorrow or next week or beyond. But for now, it is what it is, a bunch of question marks. Read on.
• Locally: Most of the SR's remaining sports department – sports editor Joe Palmquist had a nice column in today's paper explaining the changes – is probably taking a well-deserved day off, and the new folks don't begin until Tuesday, so we'll make sure we cover all the local stories today, starting with an especially well-written game story (sarcasm is our bread-and-butter) on Washington State's victory over Oregon State yesterday at the Spokane Arena. The Cougars started fast and held off the Beavers, 81-76, to even their Pac-12 record at 1-1. Besides the game story, we (I will still use we when referring to the S-R as the paper is still paying me, albeit not nearly as well as previously) also had John Blanchette's column focused on Reggie Moore's solid job of leading WSU from the point-guard spot. ... If you want more on the Cougar game, there is freelancer Howie Stalwick's piece in the News Tribune, Dave Trimmer's game coverage for the Oregonian and this story from the Corvallis paper. ... Gonzaga traveled most of the way across the country and handled a highly thought of Xavier team, 72-65, before 10,250 Cincinnati fans. Our Jim Meehan, who didn't make the trip, put together this game story and blog post from last night. ... For more on the Zags big win behind San Dower's double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds), there is this piece from Cincinnati.com. ... In women's action on Saturday, Washington State moved to 2-0 in Pac-12 play with a double-overtime win at Oregon State. ... Yahoo Sports lists the Cougars' Marquess Wilson as one of 2012's breakthrough athletes. Not just college athletes, all athletes. Seems like a pretty big deal.
• There is video from yesterday's Cougar game available, including highlights ...
• ... and interviews of coach Ken Bone ...
• ... and players Reggie Moore, Brock Motum and DaVonté Lacy ...
• Around the Northwest: The Seahawks will finish out the 2011 NFL season today against the Arizona Cardinals in Phoenix. Both Seattle and the Cardinals have a chance to finish the year 8-8 but neither is headed to the playoffs. ... Washington pulled away in the second half last night to defeat Oregon 76-60 and start Pac-12 play 2-0. ... The Huskies said a 5 p.m. Friday night there were no changes in their football staff. At 11 a.m. Saturday morning they announced the firing of defensive coordinator Nick Holt and two others. So what's next for UW after the big shakeup?
• That's it for this morning. FYI, the idea is for each of the beat writers to continue to delve deeply into their schools or beats each day with this feature helping to supplement that coverage. After having talked with Christian Caple, who begins his Cougar tenure this week, I know he wants to carry on the tradition established here of the morning WSU posts. We're looking to add features like chats, any video we can access, commentary and other items. But what would you like to see? As I said to start, this is a work in progress, well down the evolutionary scale as of yet, so input is welcomed – after a while, I'll get set in my ways and never want to change, so act fast. ... That's it for this first day. Hope we didn't underwhelm you too much. We'll be back tomorrow with a look ahead at the college bowl games and the week ahead. Until then add some suggestions ...