FROM PULLMAN – In Seattle, they’re losing their minds over the forecast of a few inches of snow. Here? The roads are coated and it’s business as usual. That applies to your morning links, too, so have at ‘em.
For today’s paper, we wrote about WSU’s struggles in the rebounding department – specifically on the offensive glass. The Cougars face another challenge this week against Stanford, the best-rebounding team in the Pac-12. … We also had this blog post summarizing Ken Bone’s press conferences. … CougCenter chimes in with some commentary about WSU’s rebounding woes. … Mike Smith, who coached under Mike Leach at Texas Tech and reportedly turned down an offer to work for him at WSU, appears as if he’s headed to West Virginia to coach linebackers. … Bill Moos spoke at the Yakima growers meeting yesterday, and the Yakima Herald-Republic has this story with some of the athletic director’s comments. ... The WSU women are still looking for a way to beat Stanford -- and, also, to rebound.
Around the Pac-12: Can’t find very much at all about Stanford, though we'll have a Q-and-A with a Cardinal beat writer later on today. ... More action on the football coaching front on Tuesday, as Washington hired another one of California’s assistants. … The Huskies aren’t getting much out of their bench this year. C.J. Wilcox is dealing with a stress fracture. … Oregon players say they can’t win without senior transfer Olu Ashaolu. Don’t call the Ducks conference title contenders just yet. ... Bud Withers details Oregon State's disappointing Pac-12 start. … Arizona coach Sean Miller took some shots at his team yesterday. … Arizona State will likely be without Trent Lockett this weekend. … Colorado still needs to prove it can win on the road. … It's one step forward and another step back for Utah. ... USC coach Kevin O’Neil is just as frustrated by his teams’ losses as the fans are. … Former players speak out in support of Ben Howland, who said he's going to help one of his players transfer. The Bruins’ hired a new defensive coordinator. … Home court advantage isn't as much of an advantage during weekend games. ... Jon Wilner has some interesting stuff on the conference’s business dealings.
All for now. We'll be back with a scouting report on Stanford from Mercury-News beat writer Elliott Almond.