FROM PULLMAN — But it's Thursday in the world of Washington State football. Yes, it's another odd week on the Palouse, with the team practicing one last time in Pullman today before departing for Las Vegas tomorrow. Read on for links. If you don't, Lane Kiffin will ban you from practice.
We usually conduct live chats on Wednesdays, and we'll do everything we can to get one up today, too. But there are a few things to sort out on that end before that becomes possible, so we'll keep you posted. … We have a couple of stories in today's newspaper — one detailing Deone Bucannon's one-half suspension on Friday, and another taking a look at Pac-12 teams having trouble against FCS teams. We also recapped practice on the blog last night and passed along some quotes from Mike Leach's segment on the Pac-12 coaches call. … Howie Stalwick has a feature on WSU kicker Andrew Furney. … Interesting bit from the Dallas Morning News about the link between Mike Leach and Billy Gillispie's current situation at Texas Tech. Probably worth noting, however, that evidence exists to support Leach's claim that he never abused anyone. Not sure that's going to be the case with Gillispie.
Around the Pac-12 (and UNLV) … Washington's biggest linebacker had a nice game against LSU, though few of his teammates did. … Arizona's kicker bounced back well last week. … An Arizona State player's position switch is also a chance for him to heal. … USC is ready to end its three-game losing streak against Stanford, and if you read toward the bottom of that story, you'll see that Lane Kiffin is doing his damndest to be declared the most paranoid, power-tripping coach in the nation. … Bill Plaschke writes that UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley just “gets it.” … Stanford might have to worry more about the USC game than it does about the Big Game. … California hopes for a turnaround against Urban Meyer University. … Oregon is going to look right past Tennessee Tech and take that game lightly — err, never mind. Apparently they're doing the opposite. … Sean Mannion went from young to old in a hurry. … Jordan Wynn has no regrets about his injury-plagued Utah career. … Believe it or not, Colorado's coach sees progress in his team. … It ain't going real well for UNLV and Bobby Hauck at the moment.
That's all for now.