FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State heads into this Tuesday with a bit different perspective than usual, given the bye week. But the Cougars still continue their routine today with practice (though we won't be there, for the first time this season) and the Pac-12 coaches call looms, as well. Read on to start the day with links.
In today's newspaper, we wrote a brief item about Mike Leach calling out his receivers for their lack of toughness. We also blogged about that with some video from Leach, added a transcript of Jeff Tuel's press conference, and passed along the news that WSU's game against Stanford on Oct. 27th will be televised on Pac-12 Networks and kick off at 3:30.
Around the Pac-12 ... Washington's coach expects improvement in the season's second half, and thinks the Huskies are on the right path. ... Arizona needs a strong finish to make a bowl game. ... Arizona State needs its fitness to show these next couple weeks. ... Utah wants to get its star running back more involved this week against Oregon State. ... Colorado gets another game in California this week, and it's hoping things go better than the last couple times. ... Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is progressing ahead of schedule as he recovers from surgery. ... Nobody's quite sure about Oregon's kicking game yet. ... USC's schedule is about to get a lot tougher. ... UCLA is relishing its break. ... California's tight end is the son of a former Bears player involved in one of college football's all-time greatest plays. ... Stanford won't have a hard time shifting its focus forward with the Big Game this week.
That's all for now. We're heading out of town for the night, but will alert you to any breaking news and return tomorrow morning.