FROM PULLMAN — It's game week again in Pullman, as Washington State holds its usual media availability later today to preview Saturday's game against Stanford. First, we have links and such. Read on.
WSU practiced last night, and we have some notes from that session on the blog. … An interesting take here from John Feinstein on Mike Leach and Charlie Weis in their new coaching paths, which includes the following passage regarding Leach's “empty corpse” comments:
Reached by phone, Leach didn’t back off what he had said. “I don’t regret saying it,” he said. “I was actually trying to make a point about how great some of the seniors have been and I singled out several of them. But for some guys it’s very hard. One of the things you try to teach is that you and your team can make progress on every play — regardless of score, regardless of record.
“I know that can be tough to buy into when you’ve been losing and you’ve been disappointed in the past. These guys started every single season of their careers thinking they were going to win and then it crashed on them. We’re struggling and they can see that the end isn’t that far away. Some have handled that great, others haven’t. I can tell the difference by the way they look in practice, in meetings, in games. That was the point I was making. I wasn’t saying any of them are bad kids. I was saying it’s very tough for all of them which is why I admire the guys who have been able to avoid that mentality so much.”
Around the Pac-12 … Washington's season is at a crossroads, and there is much consternation regarding the Huskies' quarterback. … California is trying to move past Saturday's rout. … It will be a challenging road ahead for USC. … A note from UCLA about a pair of highly-rated freshmen who still must be cleared by the NCAA. … Utah and its opponent this week have had similar seasons. … Colorado might have a problem defending Oregon this week. Maybe. … Oregon's dominance hasn't done the Ducks any favors with the computers. … Oregon State is still dreaming. … Arizona's running back has been pretty efficient this season. … Arizona State's big man in the middle is expected to recover quickly.
We'll be back later today after Leach, Travis Long, Jeff Tuel and Deone Bucannon speak at media day.