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USC: The Trojans have six new players this season, including highly-touted freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin. Head coach Andy Enfield expects McLaughlin, ranked No. 4 nationally among point guard recruits by ESPN, to contribute immediately.
“Jordan is a terrific student-athlete,” Enfield said. “He's a student of the game. He understands where his teammates need to be. He lead's by example, he's a very hard worker, he has an amazing attitude … We're expecting big things from him. I think he came to USC for that opportunity, to be relied upon as a freshman. He'll have that opportunity as a freshman.
WSU: DaVonte Lacy is known for feeling a kinship with the jungle's king. He has a huge lion tattoo on his left arm that reads “Soul of a Lion” and his philosophy on social media is that a “lion does not concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”
It sounds like new Cougars coach Ernie Kent may have found his spirit animal as well.
“Having been out of (coaching) for four years, the definition I use, I feel like I've been a big bear in hibernation and now you get a chance to come out and eat!” Kent said.
We have more Pac-12 media day highlights after the jump.
Ambassadors of the Game, a documentary about the Pac-12 All-Stars trip to China last summer, premieres on the Pac-12 Networks tonight at 7 p.m. We just got done watching an advance screening, and it was pretty cool. Washington State's DaVonte Lacy was on the team and is the most prominently featured player in the documentary. Highlights for WSU fans are lots of Lacy cameos, a few dunks and an impromptu singing of “I believe I can fly.”
However, you're not going to like what happens after he loses a game of H-O-R-S-E to Washington's Andrew Andrews.
Here is a transcript of Washington State basketball coach Ernie Kent and senior guard DaVonte Lacy's remarks to the media at Pac-12 media day:
The Pac-12 is having its annual media day get together of men's basketball coaches, players and media today and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can watch the action live on the Pac-12 Networks or right here.
At some point in the next few hours we'll also get the official results from the preseason Pac-12 media poll. This will consists of Arizona followed by the other 11 teams in one order or another.
For the record, here is how I voted: 1. Arizona 2. Utah 3. Colorado 4. UCLA 5. Stanford 6. Cal 7. Washington 8. Washington State 9. Arizona State 10. USC 11. Oregon State 12. Oregon
The schedule of player and coach appearances we'll be working off of today is after the jump.
Eric Mele, Washington State's interim special teams coordinator, has rarely trod the obvious path. He let the opportunity to wrestle at West Virginia pass in favor of playing football at a Division-III school. His father and brothers are police officers and he graduated with a degree in criminal justice, so of course he quickly became a part-time assistant at a school that takes eight-hour bus rides to playoff games and gives its assistant coaches less free gear than the lowest manager at a Pac-12 school gets.
Our story in today's paper looks at Mele's unique path to WSU and what his plans are for the Cougars special teams.
More links are after the jump.
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.
After practice Mike Leach said that turnovers weren't any particular point of emphasis on Tuesday, but the defensive ones and twos seemed to make it a priority forcing three consecutive fumbles at one point in practice.
Taylor Taliulu got things started with a big hit on a wide receiver, then the next two were forced by group of defenders all converging on the ball carrier.
“(Upcoming opponent Arizona is) the Indy 500 of offenses,” defensive line coach Joe Salave'a said. “Tempo never slows down one bit so I think our tempo in our practices is going to be critical and our work this week is going to be critical. We don't half-step anything and we're trying to keep up with the pace of the offense.”
Lineman Darryl Paulo capped a solid day for the defense with a pair of consecutive sacks and Darryl Monroe, who was recently passed on the depth chart by Peyton Pelluer, had the hit of the day on running back Austin Hall as the ball carrier tried to bounce a run outside only to be met by Monroe in the backfield.
We have more from practice after the jump.
(6:15 p.m. Update: After Tuesday's practice Mike Leach confirmed that Canada has left the program. The running back was not listed on the practice roster.)
Chris Shaw, who covers Washington State football for Cougfan.com, reported on Twitter that freshman running back Squally Canada has left the WSU program. Canada's departure is surprising given that he has played well for the Cougars during underclassmen scrimmages and has drawn a lot of praise from the coaches. Canada, along with some other players including regular contributors, was absent from Saturday's bye-week practice.
I haven't been able to confirm Shaw's report but the Cougars practice at 3:30 so we'll ask the coaches after that.
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.
Washington State's game notes for this week's matchup against Arizona are out, along with a new depth chart that shows Peyton Pelluer as the starting Mike linebacker over incumbent Darryl Monroe. Monroe, a junior, has started every game following a redshirt season his first year on campus but has been somewhat limited in practice this week. While no other significant changes are listed on the depth chart, it will be interesting to see if players like Kalafitoni Pole and Charleston White are available after not practicing last week.
Destiny Vaeao has practiced at nose tackle in Pole's place, and today said that Pole “is down” during a press conference. Cornerback Kevin Griffin is not listed on the depth chart but practiced with the twos on Sunday.
The notes are after the jump, the depth chart is on page 11.
Here's running back Jamal Morrow at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics:
Here's defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU athletics.
Here's offensive lineman Cole Madison at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics:
Washington State football coach Mike Leach addressed the media during his Monday press conference. The video above is courtesy of WSU Athletics and the highlights are transcribed after the jump.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.