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Morning links: WSU is probably already playing

Good morning. Washington State plays at Arizona State in just four hours (probably less by the time you are reading this) so let's get right to those links.

Links are after the jump.

Unloading the quote book: Ernie Kent wins first as WSU coach

It wasn't pretty, but Washington State men's basketball coach doesn't expect many wins to come in that fashion in his first year at the helm in Pullman. 

Friday night's 80-68 win over Idaho State at Beasley Coliseum showed as much. 

I unload my quote book from Kent and players after the jump. 

Morning links: WSU takes on former player

You might remember a freshman during Paul Wulff's final season as Washington State football coach named Jordan Simone.

Or you might not. Simone only really played on special teams and didn't have a scholarship. Well, he's got one now at Arizona State and has emerged as one of the Pac-12's leading tackler just a couple years after deciding to quit football. Our story in today's paper looks at his path back to the gridiron.

More links are after the jump.

Morning links: Can the WSU women crack the Top-25?

The WSU women's basketball team is receiving votes in the AP poll after blowouts of No. 22 Dayton and Idaho State.

Win tonight against No. 16 Nebraska and the Cougars will surely be ranked themselves. The game tips off at 8 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum. Here is the school's release.

More links are after the jump.

Not the start they were hoping for

After last night's basketball game Ernie Kent called Washington State's opening stretch the toughest he's ever dealt with, and it's hard to doubt him after watching the second of two lopsided losses to begin the season.

We have a story from the 81-54 loss to TCU and I've got some postgame thoughts to go with the final statistics.

The links for football and all that are after the jump.

Morning links: Arizona State on the docket

Washington State's second bye week is over and so another game week begins. The Cougars will hold their weekly press conference this afternoon and we will have coverage from that.

Until then, we have links after the jump.

Morning links: a surprisingly wild Saturday

This was supposed to be the Pac-12's quiet weekend. There were no matchups between ranked teams, Oregon didn't play and every favorite in conference matchups was favored by at least a touchdown.

Instead all three games played on Saturday were tight, with an average final margin of just four points. At least things were relatively quiet at Washington State, where the Cougars held a morning practice indoors.

We have links for the other games after the jump.

Morning links: Cougars fall to UTEP on the road

Turnover and rebounds cost the Washington State men's basketball team, which fell to 0-1 on the season with a loss at UTEP. Here is the story from the game, as well as a box score and some final thoughts.

It was a good day for the women's team, however, which opened the season with a big win over a ranked team.

More links are after the jump.

The Ernie Kent era officially begins tonight

After tonight Ernie Kent will no longer be Washington State's new basketball coach. He'll just be the coach.

The season begins tonight in Texas as the Cougars take on UTEP. We've got a story advancing the game, which on paper could be a tricky matchup for WSU. The Miners are receiving votes in both major polls, and while KenPom isn't as high on UTEP, he's not too high on the Cougars, either.

But it's a new year with a new (for now) coach and if Kent and the Cougars can pull out a road win in the season-opener then it will be a great sign for the program moving forward.

More links are after the jump.

Morning links: four new Cougars

Yesterday four athletes signed letters pledging their intent to play basketball at Washington State.

We have a story on WSU's basketball class of 2015, as well as a blog post with player descriptions and overall thoughts from coach Ernie Kent.

Follow the jump for more links.

Morning links: signing day and a live chat

The National Letter of Intent signing period for men's basketball begins today and runs through Nov. 19. The Cougars are expected to sign at least four players in the coming week – Robert Franks, Derrien King, Jeff Pollard and Renard Suggs – so keep an eye out today for some good basketball news.

Also keep an eye out for our weekly live chat, which we'll hold here on SportsLink at 11 a.m.

The links are after the jump.

WSU gets early kickoff for ASU

The Pac-12 released kickoff times for games during the Nov. 22 weekend on Monday and Washington State has the undercard.

The Cougars will have the 11 a.m. game (10 a.m. PST) when they take on Arizona State in Tempe.

The conference also announced its players of the week and Luke Falk was the offensive honoree. We have stories on both events in today's paper.

More links are after the jump.

Morning links: rounding up Saturday’s results

We've got lots of links from Washington State's big win and the rest of Saturday's Pac-12 action, after the jump.

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.

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.

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.

Morning links: news from around the Pac-12

The Pac-12 coaches had their weekly teleconference yesterday so we have plenty of news to pass along from around the conference.

We'll start with our Pac-12 notebook, which takes a look at a pair of two-way players that will try and best each other on offense and defense this weekend.

Morning links: Halliday’s “whole ankle” broken

Yesterday Washington State held its weekly press conference so we were able to find out the exact nature of Connor Halliday's injury and it's unfortunately a season-ender. We have a story and blog post on that, and it also leads today's notebook.

There was more that came out of yesterday's press conference of course. We have more WSU and Pac-12 links after the jump.

Morning links: Preparing for OSU

It's a week for the Cougars as Washington State begins preparing for the first game of its second-season, a three-game sprint to the finish with Luke Falk at quarterback. The Cougars can't make a bowl game but they can increase still increase the optimism around the program and send the seniors out on a good note with a couple more wins. And Falk has a chance to make an early case that he should be the starting WSU quarterback for the next three years or so.

That's the gist of the first story we'll pass along but we've got plenty more after the jump. 

Morning links: the day after devastation

So much was written about WSU's 44-17 loss to USC yesterday, and so little about the game itself.

The game itself consequential only in that it was Washington State's seventh loss and officially knocked the Cougars out of the postseason. But Connor Halliday's first quarter injury will go down as the salient moment in a season that hasn't gone seen for more disappointments than achievements.

There's a lot to dissect from yesterday. Hopefully we hit it all with the following links.

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