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Tue., Jan. 29, 2013, 6 a.m.

Cougs lose Pettway, plus links


FROM PULLMAN -- Today's morning post brings some unfortunate personnel news for the Washington State football team. Read on.


Khalil Pettway, a linebacker brought in last season as part of Mike Leach's first recruiting class at Washington State, has been forced to give up football and will be placed on medical scholarship this season. Concussions, reportedly, were the cause. Pettway sat out almost all of last season with an undisclosed injury, watching practice from the sidelines every now and then. Pettway's size and length -- 6-foot-3, 213 pounds -- made him a promising prospect as an outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Mike Breske's system. Though Pettway remains on scholarship, players who retire for medical reasons don't count against the team's scholarship limits. ... A reader passed along this New York Times story that is worth a read for anyone who has followed Steve Gleason's battle with ALS. ... Ken Bone ranks fifth on Forbes' list of the best college basketball coaches in terms of cost-per-win. ... Howie Stalwick caught up with former WSU coach Paul Wulff, who is coaching in the Super Bowl this weekend, and wrote this story. ... Jayson Jenks, the Seattle Times' preps reporter, explains that his leaving WSU recruit Peyton Pelluer off the state's top 100 list was simply an oversight. Heaven forbid someone makes a mistake, right? ... Arizona State, WSU's first  opponent this week, continues to get Pac-12 Player of the Week recognition. Or, at least Carrick Felix does.

Around the Pac-12 ... Colorado's leadership has keyed a recent surge for the Buffaloes. Or maybe it's the fact they played two inferior teams at home. Just a thought. ... Arizona dropped two spots in the AP poll after losing at home to UCLA. ... Utah's coach promises his team will play harder the rest of the season than it did in Saturday's embarrassing blowout loss to Stanford. ... Oregon hasn't had much success in the Bay Area recently. ... Some football stories ... Utah plans to add some heft to this year's recruiting class. ... Colorado added another commitment yesterday. ... Oregon will play a home and home series against Virginia in the coming years. ... Looking at a player committed to Oregon State.

We'll be back later today after Ken Bone's press conference.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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