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Back to game preparations with a Sunday night practice

The Cougars returned to game preparations with their weekly 8 p.m. practice on Sunday night. Washington State only practiced for about 45 minutes or so but we've still got a practice report, and some quotes from defensive coordinator Mike Breske, 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.

Keith Harrington, running back

Freshman running back Squally Canada was one of the players absent during today's football practice. So during the Cougars' third and final Thursday Night Football scrimmage of the week, Keith Harrington got all the work between the tackles.

He's doing so well that running backs coach Jim Mastro won't give him back to the receivers. Mike Leach wouldn't go so far as to make the switch permanent for the receiver, who did play running back in high school, but admitted that “we're heading in that direction.”

More on today's practice is 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.

All sorts of shuffling at WSU’s practice

By my count there were 11 limited players at WSU's practice on Thursday and a few more appeared to be absent. That led to a number of players getting reps at new positions or with new units. Afterwards, the Cougars held a Thursday Night Football scrimmage for the second week in a row.

Our practice report is 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.

The Cougars return with an intense practice

Washington State hadn't taken the field since Friday and has no opponent coming up this weekend so the Cougars had a spirited practice on Wednesday with the ones on offense going against the ones on defense and capped it off with a Thursday Night Football scrimmage.

The Cougars had a team meeting before practice where coach Mike Leach spoke to the importance of not letting a lackadaisical attitude set in with no immediate opponent upcoming.

“You've got to maintain the intensity and make sure that guys come in focused to get better every day,” Leach said. “Just push them hard. But they did a good job today I thought.”

More on practice after the jump.

Grading the Stanford game

We hand out game grades for Washington State's 34-17 loss at Stanford, after the jump.

Connor Halliday added to the Maxwell Award Watch List

One of the byproducts of the types of record-setting numbers the Washington State offense has been putting up is that the Cougars are starting to get some attention from the various national awards. Already receivers Isiah Myers, River Cracraft and Vince Mayle have been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list and now quarterback Connor Halliday has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the country's college football player.

More information on the award and the statistical numbers Halliday has put up are in the press release from WSU, which is after the jump.



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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 basketball adds junior college guard


It's been a long grind and I been at the game for so long but it's just the beginning just wanna thank all the people who have been supporting me my whole life and special my parents and my siblings love all you and I'm proud to be committed to Washington state university!!! #holdthat #pac12 #family 🙌🙌🙌

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Shooting guard Rendard Suggs out of Gillette College in Wyoming, broke the news on Instagram that he intends to play basketball for Ernie Kent at Washington State in 2015. If his commitment holds Suggs will be the fourth known member of WSU's 2015 class, joining high school seniors Jeff Pollard and Robert Franks, as well as fellow junior college player Derrien King.

Suggs is the first backcourt player in WSU's 2015 recruiting class.

The guard is a sophomore this season so he will have two eligible seasons at WSU with a redshirt season available. He averaged 14.2 points per game last season while shooting 43 percent from the field.

The 6-foot-2 Suggs is originally from Woodbury, Minnesota.

Here are some highlights from his high school days.

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.

Video: Mike Leach after Stanford

Washington State coach Mike Leach addresses the media after the Stanford game. Sorry for the fireworks. The video is courtesy of WSU Athletics.

Final thoughts from the Stanford game

Ow, that one hurt just to watch. Stanford is big, mean and pretty violent for a bunch of eggheads that live in paradise. That actually brings me to my first thought, which is after the jump.

WSU at Stanford: pregame chat


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