FROM PULLMAN -- It's that special day when a bunch of teenagers sign their names to pieces of paper, then fax those pieces of paper to institutions of higher learning across the nation to indicate their intent to play football at those institutions. We'll be here to monitor said activity throughout the day. Read on.
First, a programming note: we'll be back on the blog not long after this post publishes, and will update a running signing day thread as each WSU letter-of-intent is faxed in. After they're all in, Mike Leach will meet with the media later in the afternoon, and we'll report back with his comments and such, along with his evaluations of each player who signs. ... Our story today focuses on the improvement and extra time that went into this year's signing class. We also have a basketball post on the blog with comments from Ken Bone's weekly press conference. ... Faisal Aden had a kind of decent, record-setting game playing for the Somalian national team. ... Ryan Leaf might be facing additional prison time in connection with his probation violation in Texas. ... WSU is still be in the running for 3-star cornerback Marcellus Pippins, who decommitted from Utah yesterday. ... CougCenter breaks down WSU's expected signing class in a few different ways. ... Former (insert school here) coach Dennis Erickson is apparently looking into a job with Utah.
Around the Pac-12 ... First, on the recruiting front ... Washington assembled a talented defensive line class. ... A San Diego running back is excited to sign with Arizona. ... Arizona State's recruiting class still has some mystery to it as signing day looms. ... First-year coach Sonny Dykes is expected to sign a solid class at California. ... Stanford's class is small in numbers, but it sticks to the Cardinal blueprint. ... USC continues to hemorrhage commitments from talented players. ... UCLA hit the road to do much of its recruiting this season, and it's working. ... Oregon State's class won't rank highly, but the Beavers have made quality teams out of low-rated groups before. ... Oregon's first class under new coach Mark Helfrich might not be as deep as in years past. ... Colorado is still having a hard time recruiting in-state. ... Utah thinks its needs will be met by this year's class. ... In basketball news ... Arizona's odd schedule this week has the Wildcats waiting three days between games. The Wildcats host Stanford tonight (6 p.m., ESPW/ESPN3). ... Oregon State insists it hasn't yet reached the point of desperation as it hosts Utah tonight (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks). ... Washington is searching for consistency at the conference's halfway point. ... It's still hard to say how many conference teams might reach the NCAA tournament. ... Bill Walton spit some knowledge at a group of Arizona State students yesterday.
That's all for now. We'll keep you posted as those letters roll in.