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One more time with feeling


FROM PULLMAN — Pittsburgh and Washington State enjoyed the first two games they played so much, they're going to go ahead and play another one on Friday. Also, they have to. Read on for today's links.

Both teams were without their respective offensive leaders last night — Brock Motum and Ashton Gibbs each sat with sprained ankles — and it showed in the final score. The Cougars — particularly Reggie Moore — were more aggressive in the second half and forced the issue instead of forcing jumpers, the biggest reason why they were able to close the gap. We'll see how they respond on Friday. They'll still likely be without Motum, as noted in this game story written by a correspondent that appeared in today's newspaper. … We recapped the game in this blog post. … And posted a short video of WSU defensive end/linebacker Logan Mayes. … Here's the take on last night's game from the Pittsburgh side. … And the AP story.

There's one Pac-12 team in action tonight. Stanford is facing Minnesota in the NIT championship game. This short preview from the Mercury News is all I could find.

Elsewhere … Arizona's McDonald's All-America duo needs to fit the team-first credo. A wise-cracking wideout is too winded to crack wise this spring. Ken Griffey Jr. watched football practice in Tucson, where his son will be a freshman receiver this season. … Arizona State fired athletic director Lisa Love yesterday, naming former Portland Trail Blazers GM Steve Patterson as her replacement. … Chip Kelly doesn't know who his quarterback is going to be. … Oregon State's basketball season was a relative success. … Taking a look at OSU's receivers and tight ends. … Tad Boyle wants to bring in more top-level talent. … Matt Barkley might be too nice. I doubt it. … Which BYU quarterback will redshirt this season? Can Riley Nelson sling it like the BYU greats of the past? Bronco Mendenhall won't make the mistake of naming team captains at the end of spring like he did last season.

All for now. We'll be back later with plenty more from WSU's fourth football practice of the spring.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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