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A brief basketball interlude

Tomorrow the Pac-12 will hold its annual men's basketball media day. Unfortunately, I'm in transit now so we won't have any more football practice reports this week. We'll replace them, however, with the start of our coverage of Ernie Kent and the Cougars basketball team, which will ramp up as the season approaches.

We'll still hold our weekly WSU football live chat today on the blog at 11 a.m. Until then we have links, which are after the jump.

USC at WSU to kickoff at 1:30 p.m.

Yesterday the Pac-12 announced that Washington State's home game against USC will kickoff at 1:30 p.m., making it the earliest WSU game of the season. It comes on the heels of WSU's first day game, this weekend's contest against Arizona, which starts at 3 p.m., a time that Mike Leach said on Wednesday is “probably the perfect time to play, really.”

The Cougars put a badly-needed bye week behind them yesterday by getting back to the normal game week routine and that meant a Monday press conference. We have video and highlights from Mike Leach's appearance as well as video of players Cole Madison, Jamal Morrow and Destiny Vaeao. We also have game notes and a first look at Arizona.

More links are after the jump.

Cougars return to the grind

The bye week is over and that means a return to our weekly Monday press conference. Washington State began their on-field preparations for Arizona last night with a short practice at Martin Stadium.

But that's not all. More links are after the jump.

Oregon rises, Stanford does not

Oregon's offense was unstoppable on Saturday night and Stanford's never got started. Another wild Pac-12 weekend is in the books and we have links to the highlights, after the jump.

Lots of Pac-12 intrigue today even without WSU

Washington State doesn't have a game today but a lot of other Pac-12 schools do. Follow the jump for previews of todays' action.

Morning links: Utah outlasts Oregon State

The weekend's Pac-12 football action got an early start last night when Utah traveled to Corvallis to avenge last season's overtime loss to Oregon State. It was another close one, but this time the Utes came out on top after two overtimes. John Canzano says the Beavers began celebrating too early, and it cost them.

Road teams are now 15-4 in Pac-12 games.  More links are after the jump.

WSU takes a break from recruiting for practice

Yesterday the Washington State coaches flew back to Pullman to hold a practice. The Cougars spent the first part of the week on the road recruiting, and they'll likely head out one more time but last night they took a break from the attempted accumulation of players to put the current players through their paces.

Here is our report from last night's practice.

More links are after the jump.

Morning links: Pac-12 road warriors

Conventional wisdom and common sense indicate that more often then not the home team will win, right? But that hasn't been the case this year for Pac-12 teams. In fact, the road teams have dominated. We look at that and more in our Pac-12 notebook.

Other links are after the jump, and don't forget we'll hold our weekly WSU football chat at 11 a.m.

Tuesday morning links

It's Tuesday morning. We have links. They're after the jump.

WSU’s bye week begins

Washington State has the first of two bye weeks this weekend so Cougar news will be a little light this week. There's no Monday press conference and the team won't practice until Wednesday, so naturally there won't be any practice reports to pass along for a couple days.

We'll still have our picks and power rankings, of course, and our live chat on Wednesday.

Links are after the jump.

One weekend later, Oregon back on top

The Ducks didn't stay down for long after last week's shocking loss to Arizona. Oregon likely put itself back in the College Football Playoff conversation with a big win at UCLA, while the Wildcats' stay in the Top-10 will be brief after losing to USC because of a missed field goal at home.

More links are after the jump.

A physical test awaits WSU

Tonight at 6 p.m. Washington State will try to knock off the two-time defending heavyweight Pac-12 champs. We'll kickoff the coverage an hour early with a live chat here on SportsLink.

In the meantime, links are after the jump.

Pac-12 officiating official resigns

Last night the Pac-12 announced that Coordinator of Officials, Tony Corrente, resigned for personal and professional reasons and that Larry Blackwood will fill in as interim coordinator.

Jon Wilner tweeted that a Pac-12 source said that Corrente was not forced out, and that in fact the league had been hoping to extend his contract. Officials are rarely popular with fans but this year in particular has been has seen a number of controversial calls. It's unlikely that much will change in the near future as a result of Corrente's resignation but it will be interesting to see who the permanent replacement ends up being. 

More links are after the jump.

Halliday for Heisman?

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday's passing numbers right now are absurd. He's leading the country in passing by nearly 1,000 yards and he's thrown for four more touchdowns than any other quarterback. Halliday's 252 passing completions are more than any teams other than Bowling Green, Texas A&M and Western Kentucky have even attempted.

Want more? OK, he's passed for 3,052 yards already, that's more passing yards than 67 FBS teams finished with last season.

The inimitable stats are one thing, but is Halliday a candidate for the Heisman Trophy?

At least one voter seems to think so. USA Today publishes an anonymous survey of Heisman voters (sports journalists and former winners) asking who they plan to vote for, and Halliday received a vote for third place. That gets him one point and ties him with Baylor's Bryce Petty for eighth place.

I should also credit Lisa Horne who began lobbying for Halliday's Heisman candidacy before anybody.

For anyone to seriously consider the WSU QB the Cougars need to go on a long winning streak. They're 2-4 right now, and the last time the Heisman Trophy winner failed to make a bowl game was Oklahoma's Steven Owens in 1969 and that team was still 6-4 (In 1989 trophy-winner Andre Ware didn't play in a bowl game because Houston was on probation but the team finished 11-2 and ranked No. 14 in the country).

More links are after the jump.

WSU goes back to the Santa Margarita well

Evidently there are a lot of crimson and gray sweatshirts walking up and down the halls at California's Santa Margarita High. And why not, a pair of graduates start for Washington State – center Riley Sorenson and receiver River Cracraft – and a third, Nick Begg is being groomed to play offensive line, or maybe receiver, unless he switches to defense.

Well a fourth Santa Margarita prospect appears to be on the way to Pullman, and maybe someday they'll all see the field together. Austin Maihen verbally committed to play football at WSU on Monday. He's recruit No. 13 to add his name to the Cougars' 2015 recruiting class and the third that is projected to play on the offensive line.

According to the recruiting websites, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Maihen chose the Cougars over scholarship offers from BYU, Kansas State and San Diego State.

The new recruit wasn't the only WSU football news yesterday. In fact, there was quite a bit of it, which means we have lots of links to pass along, after the jump.

Cougars begin an abbreviated week

The Cougars will hold their Monday press conference today and they'll also have practice this afternoon. Normally they don't practice on Monday but with a Friday game this week they took Sunday off instead.

That game, against Stanford at 6 p.m., will mark the start of the second half of WSU's regular season.

Links from around the conference are after the jump.

Links from a crazy day in college football

It turns out Oregon's loss to Arizona on Thursday was simply foreshadowing of weekend in which five of college football's top eight teams would lose. As if that wasn't enough, no Pac-12 home team won. That includes the Cougars, who lost by the slimmest of margins in the conference's highest-scoring game..

Links to all that craziness are after the jump.

Saturday morning links

Washington State will take on California tonight at 7:30 p.m. In the meantime we have links, right after the jump.

WSU men’s basketball about to tip off

The Washington State men's basketball team holds its first practice of the season today. It's not open to the public, but fans will have a chance to get an early look at the team on Saturday, Oct. 11 when the team is holding the inaugural (and subtly-named” PREseason FUNKtion. The event will be a dance party, giveaway and of course a scrimmage. There will also be prizes and $3,000 donated to charity, courtesy of new head coach Ernie Kent.

From the school's release:

A red carpet entrance and photo area will greet the fans, as those that arrive early will experience the VIP area with pizza and beverages provided. The 2014-15 men’s basketball poster will be revealed, as it, t-shirts and noisemaker thunderstix will be given away.

First-year head coach Ernie Kent will provide some of the prizes for the evening, including a 42” television, an Xbox 360, a Playstation 4, Beats by Dre, an Apple iPad Mini and $500 for textbooks.

The event will also feature a half-court shot worth $10,000, a Greek dance-off worth $1,000 in prizes to Chapter Philanthropy, donated by Kent, and a WSU Greek Philanthropy Challenge worth $2,000, donated by Kent.

We'll get back to football after the jump with our Pac-12 links.


Pac-12 proposes pay for play

Yesterday the Pac-12 announced that it has notified the NCAA of its intention to provide new benefits for student athletes, including an increased stipend with some extra spending money included.

Washington State's Mike Leach says he's in favor of the idea, saying,” I think it's good, I think it's definitely a positive move and so I'm happy for our players.”

There is one proposed reform he's not in favor of, however. Find out what that is in our story for today's paper.

More links are after the jump.

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