FROM SEATTLE — Heading back to the Palouse this morning, but wanted to put this post together first because there are a few links out there worthy of your attention. Read on.
The biggest news item isn't really news yet, though it very likely will become official in the near future (and has been discussed for quite some time). Bill Moos said on his Cougar Calls radio show Monday that WSU's opener against BYU could be played — and nationally televised by ESPN — on a Thursday (which would be August 30) instead of the opening Saturday (Sept. 1). It's a move that would make plenty of sense for ESPN. You've got the obvious angle of Mike Leach coaching his new team for the first time, and he's doing it against his alma mater (for whom he did not play football, but it's his alma mater nonetheless). So learn your lesson from the UNLV game, and wait to book your travel if you're planning to go. … Last week, Vince asked what you thought of some of the less-than-wholesome news items to which Leach has found his name attached. He might ask the same after reading this bit from Deadspin, which again contains some fairly raw language. … Jeff Tuel earns a nod in Ted Miller's best-of-spring rundown. … Some discussion here of how Leach's presence might impact the Cougars and the Pac-12 this season. … The WSU baseball team continued its downward spiral on Monday by losing a non-conference game to California, 13-8. That's four consecutive losses now for the Cougars during a stretch when they really couldn't afford to drop more than one or two. … I realize I passed this along on Twitter on Saturday, but haven't posted on the blog since then — WSU has officially confirmed the transfer of Jordan Pu'u Robinson. Not exactly a secret that he intended to leave, obviously — if you're privy to his Facebook profile, you had an idea weeks ago, and Cougfan conducted this interview with him, too — but he was just recently granted his release from his scholarship.
All for now.