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No LaRue at WSU’s practice

Tomorrow will be a Thursday Night Football underclassmen scrimmage, Wednesday will be a walk-through and travel day and on Thursday the Cougars open the season in Seattle against Rutgers.

So, today was the last “typical” day of practice, complete with drills, more drills, some passing drills and even the far-off echoes of electric drills from last year's constant construction reverberating around the Palouse.

Our practice report is after the jump.

Rutgers game at 26,000 tickets sold

As of early Monday afternoon Washington State's game in Seattle against Rutgers has sold around 26,000 tickets. WSU officials were hopeful that ticket sales would pick up about a week before kickoff and that the Cougars could still approach 40-45,000 in ticket sales but it appears now that could be difficult.

More after the jump.

Cougar Calls with Bill Moos highlights

Bill Moos joined Bud Nameck for his weekly call-in show earlier today. In case you missed it you can listen to the podcast later on iTunes and if you can't wait I've written down some of the highlights below.

Moos will also be joining the Seattle Times for a live chat at noon today on its website.

Highlights are after the jump.

DISH subscribers could miss WSU game

As Bud Withers of the Seattle Times pointed out yesterday, Washington State's season-opener against Rutgers on Thursday night is one of six Pac-12 games that are going to be televised on FOX Sports 1, which is in the middle of an apparent dispute with satellite TV provider DISH.

DISH claims that it already agreed to pay an “inflated price” for FOX Sports 1 content, and that FOX is now asking for an additional charge. If the two sides can't come to an agreement this week then DISH subscribers will miss Rutgers at WSU on Thursday, Colorado at Colorado State on Friday, North Dakota State at Iowa State on Saturday and Southern Methodist at Baylor on Sunday.

In addition to the two games this week, the Pac-12 games between Arizona and UTSA, UCLA and Arizona State, Utah and Oregon State and Oregon and California are scheduled to be televised on FOX Sports 1. The matchup between UCLA and ASU in particular could have major conference implications, and the contest between Utah and Oregon State will likely be a big game for fans of those teams as well.

Now we’ve seen it all

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Like a lot of you, I've been following the Mariners for a long time. We've seen most everything, from the improbable comeback of 1995 to the nearly flawless 2001 regular season. We've seen awful defeats – way too many of those – and heart-stopping victories. We've seen great pitchers, terrible pitchers, marvelous hitters and Mario Mendoza. Heck, we've even seen a player try to blow a ground ball foul. But, until yesterday, we hadn't seen the M's sweep a three-game-or-more series in Boston. Read on.

A different sort of Monday

Today's the first Monday of the 2014 WSU football season, but don't expect the usual press conference. Because the Cougars play on Thursday, they're considering today a Wednesday.

Confused? So are we. But hey, we can look forward to Thursday Night Football tomorrow.

Links after the jump.

Singleton and Ware off the WSU roster

Washington State just finished up a two-and-one-half hour practice on Rogers Field, their last in full pads before opening the season against Rutgers in Seattle. There were some roster changes today.

For starters, Dylan Hanser is now No. 43, Darryl Paulo is No. 99 and Peyton Pelluer is No. 47, so mark that down somewhere. Of more interest to you, in all likelihood, was the omission of freshmen Barry Ware and Deion Singleton from today's roster.

Singleton, a defensive back, and Ware, a receiver, never joined the team after signing letters of intent with WSU back in February. However, both were listed on the roster and coach Mike Leach said early in fall camp that he expected them to join the Cougars at some point.

Singleton is a plus athlete who could potentially have contributed at either corner or safety. Ware originally committed to UCLA and at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds has great size for a receiver. Here is what Leach had to say about each when they signed:

(Ware) “Big target, great receiver skills both physical and explosive.”

(Singleton) “Tall, rangy secondary player. Can do a lot of things and just an incredible athlete. His brother plays Arena Football there in the Tri-Cities.”


Classes start tomorrow, however, and neither has enrolled at WSU, likely prompting the removal of their names from the roster. That's not to say that they'll never play for WSU, however, just that they almost certainly won't this season. The players could greyshirt and enroll in January like Hanser, Marcellus Pippins and Nick Begg did last season. They could also go the junior college route. However, in either scenario Singleton and Ware will no longer be bound to WSU by their letter of intent, opening the door for other schools to recruit them.

Leach said after practice that he was unsure if he could comment on their absence, but “we're only worried about the guys that are here.”

Follow the jump for a report from today's practice.

Eastern breathes new life into college football scene

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You want to know one thing that made me really happy about watching Eastern Washington's win over Sam Houston State yesterday on ESPN? Not once, as far as I could tell, did the self-proclaimed world-wide leader show the tired old shot of the Spokane Falls roaring in downtown. That seems like a win to me. Read on.

Pac-12 morning links: Now it’s WSU’s turn

Eastern Washington kicked off the college football season in style yesterday with a fun win over visiting Sam Houston State. With that game out of the way, all eyes on this side of the state will be on the Cougars, who are just a few days away from their own season-opener against Rutgers.

Links are after the jump.

EWU vs. Sam Houston State

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Eastern Washington University's victory over Sam Houston State, 56-35, in the NCAA college football game at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., Aug. 23, 2014. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos! 

A closer look at WSU’s week one depth chart

In yesterdays' game notes we got a look at WSU's first depth chart since the start of fall camp and while it was mostly as-expected, there were a few surprises.

Read on after the jump.

The M’s rallied and so did the fans

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Like a whole bunch of you, I was torn last night. Watch the end of the Mariners' game or the first part of the Seahawks, when the starters would be playing? After Yoenis Cespedes' three-run, sixth-inning home run seemed to seal the M's fate, I decided on the Hawks. But I made sure I turned back for the ninth inning. I'm sure glad I did. Read on.

Pac-12 morning links: Nugent remains undefeated

So, about that new Washington State soccer complex … the lights work, so does the drainage system. All the new equipment got a workout last night thanks to some pouring rain and lightning storms that pushed back new WSU soccer coach Steve Nugent's debut by nearly three hours.

But the Cougars ops guys really wanted to make this game against TCU happen and they pulled it off with just 10 minutes to spare before the mandatory cancellation time.

It's a good thing they did because the Cougars won handily. Here's our story in today's paper on the WSU victory.

Pac-12 links are after the jump.

No practice report, but some game notes

I wasn't able to make it out to Washington State's football practice today because lightning storms and rain delayed the start of the women's soccer game I was covering by nearly three hours. But hey, the soccer team won, so keep an eye out for that story in tomorrow's paper. 
  

The football team is less than a week away from opening up its season against Rutgers in Seattle. The game notes are after the jump.

Some things matter tonight, others don’t

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The Seahawks take to the CenturyLink turf again tonight, the third of four preseason games. As always there is one overarching goal for Pete Carroll and his team: stay healthy. Read on.

Eastern and Big Sky links

Game day is almost here, and I'm as excited as anyone. I love my job, especially when I have a chance to write feature stories on Eastern players. Ever wonder what it's like to be Vernon Adams? This morning's story offers a glimpse behind the helmet. … We had a great live chat yesterday, and here is the full transcript. … Want all the details on Saturday's EWU-Sam Houston State game? Eastern has it all right here. … The Eagles are also hosting a kickoff celebration tonight in downtown Spokane. I'll be there, but not until I interview a certain national sports radio personality (and EWU alum) who's flying into town this afternoon - look for that tomorrow, along with my game preview. Did I mention that I love this job? … Elsewhere, Montana Western has updated its football home page, but that's all for now. … The Washington Huskies get a tad more media coverage, including this Seattle Times story on the Husky freshmen. … Montana State names a kicker and punter - and it's the same guy.

Pac-12 morning links: The offensive line carries a heavy burden

Mike Leach says that the offensive line is the most important offensive unit no matter what scheme you run. That's especially true for Leach's Cougars, who will rely on a young offensive line to protect Connor Halliday, the only quarterback on the roster who has ever played in a college game.

That's the story of today's position preview. More links are after the jump.

Chiefs’ camp loaded with plot lines

Who will become the No. 1 goaltender? Whose offensive game will blossom to fill the void of departed Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani? What defensive players will step in after Reid Gow and Jeremy McIntosh decided to step away from hockey? These and other questions are on the minds of Spokane Chiefs fans as the Western Hockey League season approaches. Thursday was the initial step, the first day of camp at the Arena. Read story

Sanders honored by AFL

Spokane's Terrance Sanders, recently selected to the All-AFL first team as a kick returner, was named playmaker of the year at the league's awards ceremony Thursday night..

More below.

Gabe Marks could redshirt

The Cougars consider today to be a Saturday – they're one week from playing a game, after all. Because there is no game today they had a contact practice, albeit a very short one.

Because practice was only about an hour, there isn't much of a report to pass along. There is some news, however, as coach Mike Leach acknowledged after practice that receiver Gabe Marks could potentially redshirt this season.

“Well we'll just look at it and see how it goes,” Leach said. “It's a possibility but nothing's been decided on it.”

Regular readers will know that Marks, who lead the team in receptions and receiving yards last season, missed spring practice and has been limited for most of the fall. Marks has been playing recently, but mostly on scout team.

A couple more practice notes after the jump.

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