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Final thoughts from Oregon State

Let's get this out of the way early. Yeah, quarterback Luke Falk looked really good in his first start. He threw well, he scrambled well, was poised in the pocket, calm on the road and was a guy that a lot of schools probably wish they'd given a scholarship offer to.

Last week against USC we saw him scramble and avoid sacks, but he added an element to his pocket presence today, using the extra time to find his fourth or fifth read and hitting that final option for a big gain a couple times.

I'm going to keep the Falk thoughts brief because his performance is going to get plenty of attention. Trust me, it will be in all the papers tomorrow.

More postgame thoughts are after the jump.

Falk gets his chance for Cougars

A GRIP ON SPORTS

A new era in Washington State football begins today in Corvallis. It may be a three-game “era” or it may last longer. Today's game won't completely determine that, but it will go a long way in the decision. Read on.

WSU basketball wins, football to be determined

The Cougars basketball team won its exhibition game last night behind a dominant performance from Josh Hawkinson.

I couldn't be there because I'm here, in Oregon, but we covered the game all the same. Will the football team follow suit? We won't know until later today, but in the meantime we have our advance, keys to a win, and projected starting lineups for both Oregon State and Washington State.

More links are after the jump.

Yes, the college football season is nearing the end

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I know this can be hard to swallow, but the college football season is winding down. Really. Read on.

Morning links: A former Cougar lines up against WSU

Rahmel Dockery wanted to play wide receiver in front of Washington State football fans, and he will, but they won't be cheering for him. That's because Dockery will be playing for WSU's opponent tomorrow, Oregon State. We have a story on how Dockery ended up with the Beavers in today's paper and we have more links after the jump.

Young defenders impress during Thursday Night Football

There were impressive performances on both sides of the ball during WSU's weekly underclassmen scrimmage.

Peyton Bender showed some initial promise before the offense bogged down, and Gabe Marks and Keith Harrington were steady as always. But it was individual standouts on the defensive side of the ball that stole the show on Saturday, particularly a pair of emerging linebackers and a defensive lineman that has dominated all year long.

More on Thursday's practice and scrimmage after the jump.

Singleton finally a Cougar

Deion Singleton was expected by many to be an early contributor from Washington State's 2014 recruiting class. He played his senior year at Pasco High after transferring from Godby High in Tallahassee, Florida where he was recruited by a number of prominent southern programs. He eventually signed with WSU last February.

But he wasn't with the team at fall camp and never enrolled. He'll still be a Cougar, however, as the team announced Thursday evening that he signed a financial aid agreement and will enroll in January. He can participate in spring practices and will be a true freshman next season.

The press release from WSU Athletics is after the jump.

Cross country races can stay with you for a while

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Of all athletic endeavors, running seems to be the most basic. Just about everyone has done it at some point in their life, whether it was in competition or just to get to the fridge quick enough to get back in time to watch a game-winning field goal. Basic. But running, as is practiced in a cross country race, is anything but. There's more strategy than the average Joe imagines. And more drama. Read on.

Morning links: basketball returns to the Palouse

The Ernie Kent era will officially tip off on the road at UTEP on Nov. 14, but you can catch a preview of the Washington State basketball team this Friday at 7 p.m. when the Cougars host Azusa Pacific for an exhibition game in Beasley. There won't be any television for this one so if you want to see the Cougars you better get out to Pullman.

In that game we preview the season with a story on the new attitude Kent is bringing to the team, five keys to the season and some fast facts about the Cougars.


Now let's get back to football with some WSU and Pac-12 links after the jump.

WSU practice just a little too chippy

By and large, the Washington State football coaches don't worry about the normal practice scuffles that inevitably occur.

Over the course of a season, 100 adrenaline-fueled football players compete and are bound to get on each other's nerves, occasionally, and the skirmishes are typically over in seconds.

But on Saturday, three major fights broke out between the scout team offense and the regular defense with more animus and far more players than usual getting involved.

Gabe Marks and Sulaiman Hameed began the first brouhaha, with their teammates quickly converging on the pair. The conflicts were large enough and long enough to detract from practice as coaches spent more time than they'd like pulling frustrated players away from each other.

Still, defensive line coach Joe Salave'a is glad his team still has some fighting spirit.

“Yeah, you never want to lose reps,” Salave'a said. “That's what you can't have. But part of that, I'd rather have guys flying around and have that competitive spirit than not and we'll make (the reps) up tomorrow as we get going.”

We have more from Wednesday's practice after the jump.

Correction: Tracy Clark remains on the team, absent at practice

(Correction: An earlier report said that Tracy Clark had left the Washington State football program as confirmed by Mike Leach. We have been informed by WSU that the earlier report was incorrect and that Leach misunderstood the question.) 

 

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Is Mike Leach looking to make more changes?

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Has Washington State's football season been disappointing? Yes. This was the season the Cougars were supposed to turn the corner, remember? Last year, when WSU earned the right to blow a late lead in the New Mexico Bowl, was a surprise, a season ahead of schedule. This was supposed to be the year of the revival. Nine games in, we all know it didn't happen. So will there be repercussions? Read on.

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