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WSU freshmen must prepare for raucous OSU crowd

PULLMAN – Last year at this time, Deone Bucannon was prepping to play his last football season for Vanden High in Fairfield, Calif. The opponent in the opener? Armijo High, …


Nevada downs EWU despite Eagle’s effort

RENO, Nev. – Coach Beau Baldwin found out a lot about his Eastern Washington University football team Thursday night. Some things – like Taiwan Jones being a budding superstar – …


Idaho defense stars as offense errs in season opener

MOSCOW, Idaho – Maybe this was to be expected for a weeknight season opener. Penalties, bungled assignments, miscommunication – all came in bunches for the University of Idaho on Thursday …


Blanchette: At the zero hour, Idaho defense puts one up

MOSCOW, Idaho – Before the Humanitarian Bowl went all wild-hairs-and- whoopie-cushions last December, Idaho coach Robb Akey had the play of the day – fixing his stare directly into the …


Vandals look to get team off to quick start

MOSCOW, Idaho – It wasn’t until October last fall that the University of Idaho football team’s identity – potent, if slow-starting, on offense and vulnerable on defense – fully materialized. …


Blanchette: WAC has that finger-in-the-dike feel to it

When the Idaho Vandals are done hanging their Humanitarian Bowl banner tonight, can they please pass the duct tape to Karl Benson? The commish needs it to try and keep …


Transitioning Wolf Pack hard to read as EWU prepares for opener

RENO, Nev. – Listening to Eastern Washington University’s football coaches, it becomes difficult to determine what concerns them most about tonight’s season opener against the University of Nevada – what …


Pac-10 picks by Vince Grippi

If you were smart enough to use this feature as a reverse barometer last season, it was a good move for your pocketbook, as we finished nine games under .500 …


Road wins elude Huskies

SEATTLE – Alameda Ta’amu has done and seen a lot since he arrived at the University of Washington in the fall of 2008. Now in his third year as a …


Schedule could be Cougars’ undoing

PULLMAN – When the 2010 Pac-10 football schedule was first coming together, Washington State’s was daunting, but not impossible. The Cougars were scheduled to play their three non-conference games, then …


Alabama’s Ingram will miss opener

Mark Ingram’s run for a second Heisman Trophy has been put on hold, and possibly even derailed, before the Alabama tailback had a chance to gain a single yard. Ingram …


BYU throws in with WCC

Here are some nuts and bolts of Brigham Young University’s withdrawal from the Mountain West Conference to accept an invitation to join the West Coast Conference: 1 BYU will begin …


Blanchette: Greeted with missionary zeal

In case you never thought you’d see it, a Catholic family just invited a door-belling Mormon missionary into their home. Such is the influence of college athletics.


Whitworth football team begs to differ

If the Northwest Conference football coaches preseason poll is correct, the Whitworth Pirates will do something this fall that hasn’t happened in the last six seasons: Finish below third place. …


Comparisons to Roos aside, senior could be big impact guy

PULLMAN – Given that only 189 miles separates Tallin, Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia, college football coaches might want to start making stops at both on recruiting trips. You never …


WSU at Oklahoma St. game details

Time: 4:10 p.m. PDT Saturday TV: FSN


EWU players, coaches thrilled about new field

Taiwan Jones felt faster, which has to be a bit unsettling for Eastern Washington University’s Big Sky Conference football foes. Bo Levi Mitchell simply felt better about everything football, in …


WSU D-line to test mettle on Saturdays

Note: This is the final position preview of Washington State University’s 2010 football team. Today: Defensive line. PULLMAN – Click on your dictionary, type in the word savage and such …


Vandals linebackers connect on field and at home

MOSCOW, Idaho – Come Thursday night, Idaho football fans will have a better sense of how the Vandals’ starting linebacker crew has coalesced. Already, though, this much is certain: They …


Boise St. changes course in effort to prove pundits right

BOISE – As he stood before his team ready to address goals and expectations in preparation for Boise State’s season, Chris Petersen grabbed the attention of his players and changed …


Huskies feel they’re on ‘brink of a pretty big season’

SEATTLE – The Washington Huskies haven’t done anything yet. Not for a long time. Seven years have passed since the University of Washington football program went to a bowl game. …


Switch suits linebacker

Note: This is the seventh of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2010 football team. Today: Linebackers. Sunday: Defensive line. PULLMAN – Ask Washington State University linebackers coach Travis …


UW coaches pleased with progress

SEATTLE – Steve Sarkisian kicked off Washington’s training camp three weeks ago by reiterating what he’s said since the day he took the job: “It’s not going to take us …


Last WSU scrimmage wind-aided

PULLMAN – It was perfect preparation for Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain – and the football fans pride themselves on their vocal ability. Washington State University’s …


WSU’s secondary young but experienced

Note: This is the sixth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2010 football team. Today: Defensive backs. Saturday: Linebackers.


WSU’s Forrest crafts himself into fine punter

Note: This is the fifth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2010 football team. Today: Special teams. Friday: Defensive backs. PULLMAN – Reid Forrest has had one of …


UW linebackers impress despite changes

SEATTLE – There are times when it feels like Cort Dennison has been the University of Washington’s starting middle linebacker all his life. The way the junior struts around the …


Plenty of variety among WSU running backs

Note: This is the fourth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2010 football team. Today: Running backs. Wednesday: Special teams. PULLMAN – If you wanted to put together …


Big changes bring positive feelings about WSU’s line

Note: This is the third of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2010 football team. Today: Offensive line. Wednesday: Running backs. PULLMAN – When the curtain fell on last …


Newcomers add depth at wideout for Cougars

For a guy who has been on Washington State University’s football coaching staff for the past 19 years, Mike Levenseller had thought he had seen it all.