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From Pullman — Some sterling defense in the second half wasn't enough for the Cougars to overcome Anthony Brown's stellar shooting in the first half as WSU fell to Stanford in men's hoops on Saturday. We've got the game story here and some post game video of the players … It was still a banner day for Washington State, however, as the Cougars upset the country's top-ranked baseball team … Cal beat Washington on Sunday … Utah's late-season run hit a speed bump against UCLA.
From Pullman — With all due respect to Mrrs. Bielema, Calhoun and Saban, there does not seem to be groundswell up support arising for their proposal to guarantee college football defenses time to substitute.Yesterday morning we put up a blog post that quotes WSU head coach Mike Leach who uses no uncertain terms to profess his disdain for the idea, and the Seattle Times' always excellent Jerry Brewer calls the idea “inane” and “laughable.”
Not so long ago Mr. Brewer said the same thing about my skills as a bus boy, so you can be sure he knows what he's talking about.
The WSU women beat Utah, giving June Daughtery her first 7th Pac-12 win as the WSU coach. The Cougars are within shouting distance of March Madness, but still have a ways to go. Charlie Creme projects just three Pac-12 teams will make it to the women's NCAA tournament in his latest Bracketology, and Stanford and Arizona State seem like sure bets. The Cougars also have to overcome their 13-12 overall record, despite some impressive out of conference performances.
The WSU men will take on Stanford today … Arizona State beat rival No. 2 Arizona in double overtime in one of the best games of the year thus far .. The baseball team lost its season opener against top-ranked Cal State Fullerton.
*We regret not being able to bring you Ted Miller's Pac-12 Mailbag. It's Vince's thing, and he jealously guards it like a mama bear whose only cub is the rightful heir to the entire Grizzly Kingdom.
From Pullman — For a day with no game, Thursday was surprising eventful in Cougar country. The Washington State football team is in the middle of Midnight Maneuvers and the athletic department released a video with some highlights from the late night workouts … Former WSU safety Deone Bucannon's agents also put out a video about their client's road to the NFL draft … There are some new pictures of the Football Operations Building, which athletic director Bill Moos says is nearing completion … The day capped off with the news that running back Jeremiah Laufasa will transfer … The Crimson Flag is Flying at the Winter Olympics.
From Pullman — There were some fireworks in Pullman, and nearly 2,000 people will be able to produce a ticket and say they were there. Most of those people will be lying. Yes, not many were on hand for a midweek game with a late tipoff, but those that were saw DaVonte Lacy score a career-high 39 points and another yeoman's effort from D.J Shelton. However, they also saw another WSU loss.
Because of the late tipoff and the ensuing overtime, the fast-approaching deadline meant we were unable to take video of the post game press conferences. But we have a game story for you, here, and here is a one from the Golden Bears' perspective … On the blog we have video from Ken Bone's Tuesday press conference and a post about some proposed NCAA football rule changes.
More links after the jump.
From Pullman — It's just Wednesday and we've already got another WSU men's basketball game on our hands. We've got an advance on the game as well as a blog post about Jordan Railey … There may not be so many nighttime football games in the future … The case involving the arrest of two Washington football players is being reviewed by the Seattle City Attorney … Pac-12 football is a cinch for Oregon State offensive lineman, who has overcome much bigger challenges … Here's an advance on the Stanford at UW game … And a story from the Bay Area about a project player for Cal.
From Pullman — After taking Stanford to the wire earlier this week the Washington State women's basketball team didn't have much left against Cal on Sunday … Mark Schlabach's Way Too Early Top-25 for next year is out and has three Pac-12 teams in the Top 11 and five total … The Huskies are headed to Spokane in search of a quarterback … Just call him the “Thorpe Whisperer.” Neil Stover gets me to talk about WSU recruiting, basketball and more … Want to be a Graduate Assistant at USC? You'll need a pretty impressive resume … Arizona has adjusted to the loss of Brandon Ashley.
From Salt Lake City — What's that you ask? Why am I still in Salt Lake City? Blame Seattle and its freak blizzards. But the phones still work in Utah, and we were able to get more details on the weekend arrest of wide receiver Gabe Marks. Here is our story in today's paper on the topic … The Washington men got demolished by Colorado … But the women upset No. 3 Stanford, which basically never ever loses at women's basketball … Arizona has hit a rough patch. Oregon State is improving. The the gap between the two is still miles wide, which was proven when the two met up yesterday … Colorado is getting the cash it needs to improve football facilities … Here's a weird recruiting story.
From Salt Lake City — “They” say that more bad than good can happen in the offseason. Well Washington State's offseason isn't off to a great start, with wide receiver Gabe Marks getting arrested on Saturday for four misdemeanors … More bad than good happened for WSU in Utah as well, where the Cougars got ran out of Jon M. Huntsman's building … Arizona State is looking pretty good after beating Oregon, which was once thought to be pretty good itself. What wasn't good was the behavior of some ASU fans … UCLA completed a season sweep over rival USC … Arizona's Brandon Ashley probably hasn't played his last college game … Today the Ashley-less Wildcats will take on Oregon State … The Huskies will need a bounce back performance from Andrew Andrews to sweep Colorado.
From Salt Lake City — Last night we reported that backup quarterback Austin Apodaca has decided to transfer from Washington State and has left the football program … Today the basketball team will take on Utah and should be prepared for a hostile environment … The WSU women came very close to earning their first-ever win over Stanford … Here's a nice profile on WSU football (and basketball?) signee Jalen Canty … Cal suffered a tragedy yesterday when a player collapsed during conditioning … Ted Miller answers questions in his Pac-12 Mailbag … The Ducks need a win tomorrow at Arizona State to keep even the faintest postseason hope flickering … USC and UCLA are set to rumble for the second time this season.
From Pullman — Former Washington State safety passed another mile marker on his road to the NFL, receiving an invite to the NFL combine … Here's a column from Bud Withers on the recruiting class WSU signed on Wednesday … Mark Sandritter recaps the class … Washington has indefinitely suspended two key players … Utah picked up another Pac-12 win at home, holding off the Huskies … Oregon State fell to Arizona State in overtime … Arizona won another close one, this time over Oregon.
From Pullman — Yes, yes today is signing day. If you scroll up we've got a blog post that I'll update with information on each new Washington State football signee, and a live chat in which I'll provide the latest news and answer questions when I can. The Cougars also have an important game against Colorado tonight. We've got an advance of that game as well as our weekly Pac-12 Power Rankings. Bud Withers has a nice profile of a WSU recruit who plans on playing two sports in Pullman.
Washington landed a big recruit from its backyard in the last few hours before signing day … Last year Jeff Nusser did a nice job breaking down the different scouting websites' ratings methodology for the “stars” illiterate … USC's Steve Sarkisian wasted no time putting together a good recruiting class on short notice … But rival UCLA won the most important recruiting battle between the schools … Both of the Arizona schools will sign nice classes … Cal's poor record didn't stop Sonny Dykes from putting together one of the conference's better recruiting classes.
From Pullman — Tomorrow Washington State will be looking for payback against Colorado. When the two teams met earlier this season the Cougars fell in Spokane, 71-70, in overtime, without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy. Now it's the Buffaloes turn to play without a key contributor as Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the season with a torn ACL. CU has looked like a different team without Dinwiddie, will it be enough for the Cougars to get a win on the road?
With half the Pac-12 season in the rearview mirror, the Cougars remain near the bottom of the conference. But with Lacy back and a win over the Huskies on Saturday, they aren't in last place. WSU's schedule should be more favorable in the second half of conference play so we'll see if they can continue to climb the Power Rankings.
The Pac-12 is a bunched up conference. Five teams have 5-4 records and another two are 6-3. There is plenty of opportunity for a team to go on a run or slide to the conference's dregs. See where the teams are currently ranked after the jump.
From Pullman — Tomorrow high school football stars all across the country will fax in letters of intent to play college football and with that in mind we've got a story on a kid who plans to travel all the way from Florida to run Mike Leach's Air Raid offense. Make sure to check in on SportsLink for our Signing Day coverage. We'll have a blog post that I'll update as signees are confirmed, and I'll keep a live chat running to answer all your questions.
As for today we've also got a blog post up on a trainer who DaVonte Lacy credits with his (relatively) quick recovery.
Recruiting season is reaching a fever pitch. One of the state's top players decided to play for Washington, although he doesn't seem all that thrilled about it … At least he won't have to deal with any sanctions from the Tosh Lupoi investigation … The Pac-12 was well represented in the Super Bowl … It's official: the Wildcats are no longer No. 1.
From Pullman — Obviously the Seahawks dominant Super Bowl win dominated the news on Sunday but we've still got a few links to pass along.
The WSU flag made an appearance at the Super Bowl … Jeff Nusser takes a look at the Cougars defensive line recruiting … Arizona's loss to Cal gets even worse as the Wildcats find out that a key player is out for the year … The WSU women fell just short at UCLA … Oregon State beat UCLA in the day's only Pac-12 men's game.
Thanks for reading, if you need me I'll be in the infirmary. Vince and I had a row.
From Pullman — The big sports weekend has been perfect so far for Washington State fans with the Cougars beating the Washington Huskies on Saturday afternoon. We've got our game recap and post game videos of coach Ken Bone as well as D.J. Shelton and DaVonte Lacy. Shelton played magnificently, collecting 18 rebounds to go with his 20 points and Lacy finally returned from his rib injury to chip in 10 points in the second half.
The biggest Pac-12 news on Saturday was that after some close calls lately No. 1 Arizona was finally toppled by Cal. Utah remains winless on the road after falling to Colorado in overtime, Stanford beat Arizona State, and USC could not keep pace with WSU's win, falling to Oregon to take sole possession of last place in the conference.
Enjoy the Super Bowl everyone and stay safe. If you need a ride you can always tweet at Vince.
From Pullman — A big day in Pac-12 basketball awaits, including the first matchup between Washington State and Washington. We've got our advance on the game, and here are two more from the UW perspective … USC and Oregon each seek a rare win … Colorado and Utah will add to their burgeoning rivalry … Arizona State hopes to rebound well against Stanford's talented forwards … Cal guard Justin Cobbs will need to make his layups for the Golden Bears to beat Arizona … John Blanchette has a column from the Super Bowl … WSU's women resumed their winning ways.
From Pullman — There is a new coach on the Palouse, his name is Steve Nugent and he's taking over the Washington State soccer program … The Pac-12 is full of talented freshmen in men's basketball, and we take a look at some of the best … WSU's players are tired of people calling for their coach's head … Mark Sandritter takes a look at WSU's running back depth and recruiting.
From Pullman — It's Thursday and that means its time for our weekly 4 Corners look at Washington State's upcoming game and notebook of the local college basketball teams. We've even got a blog post examining why one WSU starter doesn't seem to be getting starter minutes.
There were a couple Pac-12 games on Wednesday. Cal's free-fall from the top of the conference continued with a loss to Arizona State and Arizona narrowly avoided an upset by Stanford. Bud Withers of the Seattle Times takes a look at what else is happening in the conference in Pac-12 Confidential.
From Pullman — The Washington State Cougars could really use a win on Saturday, both for team morale and to keep fans interested. With that in mind, it would perfect game for WSU to regain the services of leading scorer DaVonte Lacy. Yesterday coach Ken Bone said that is a real possibility, although Lacy obviously wouldn't be able to maintain his workload from earlier this season when he averaged over 30 minutes per game.
Links are after the jump.
From Pullman — The NCAA is a sharp organization. It doesn't want football-centric athletic departments to get around the 85 scholarship limit imposed on football programs by stashing promising quarterbacks on other teams. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 states that any athlete who receives financial aid as an athlete and practices with the football team shall be counted as a football player, even if they were not originally recruited to play football.
A star running back can't be given a track scholarship, for example, nor could Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston get a scholarship for his exploits on the baseball diamond. That means that even though WSU's newest football recruit, Jalen Canty, plans on playing basketball, he'll count against the football team's scholarship limit.
Links are after the jump.
From Pullman — USC authoritatively rose from the conference cellar, knocking off Cal and taking Stanford to overtime. Find out what other teams made moves this week in our Power Rankings, after the jump.
From Pullman — Well, one team finally got back in the winning column. But it wasn't Washington State, which fell, 71-44, to Oregon on Sunday. Here is our recap from that game and a video of coach Ken Bone and some players talking after the loss … There was good news for Cougars fans, however, in the form Barry Ware's decision to don the Crimson and Gray next season … Speaking of recruits, make sure to check out Bud Withers' look at the WSU recruiting class.
More links after the jump.
From Pullman — Oregon is coming to town to face the Cougars and hoping to end a five-game losing streak. We've got an advance on the game and took a look at the Ducks on the blog … The Washington State Indoor Track & Field team did very well in Idaho over the weekend … WSU safety Deone Bucannon played in the Senior Bowl, making three tackles. Bucannon also came in No. 16 in ESPN's list of the Pac-12 top 25 players in 2013.
In Saturday's Pac-12 action the Huskies stormed back to beat Oregon State while Colorado's struggles continued in a loss to Arizona State. Tomorrow Utah will get its shot at No. 1 Arizona, UCLA will rely on Tony Parker when it takes on Cal and UCS will look to continue its positive momentum against Stanford.
From Pullman — These Wednesday-Sunday basketball splits sure are different, aren't they? While the players seem to like the extra recovery time, it makes for a long wait between games. To pass the time, listen to WSU athletic Director Bill Moos' podcast … While basketball season is starting to heat up, baseball season is getting closer.
More links, after the jump.
From Pullman — In yesterday's paper we had a story about how some of the NCAA's rule changes have affected men's basketball this season, and we followed that up with a blog post detailing just how many more free throws Pac-12 teams are attempting this season. We also put up the second and final installation of our Recruiting Q&A.
More links, after the jump.
From Pullman — Washington State was unable to pick up a win at home on Wednesday, falling to Oregon State, 66-55. Here is our game story from the loss, as well as post game video of D.J. Shelton and Que Johnson, as well as coach Ken Bone. We've also got the game's box score, our weekly Four Corners look at the Cougars, and a story on the diminishing value of forwards that are long on hustle but short on height … On the football side, Braulio Perez of Cougfan.com and Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com were kind enough to join me for a Recruiting Q&A (stay tuned for Part 2 today).
More links after the jump.
From Pullman — Well, Deone Bucannon sure is making quite the impression. He's in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl and is meeting with NFL teams. The All-American safety from Washington State surprised scouts with his size when he showed up, but has still managed to turn heads with his athleticism.
In men's basketball news, the rarest of occurrences will happen today: WSU will play in Pullman. We've got an advance on the game, and an update on DaVonte Lacy, who is taking steps toward his return. They'll take on an Oregon State team that is showing signs of life.
More links after the jump.
From Pullman — It's the start of another week in Pac-12 basketball, and we took a look at how the conference is shaping up in our power rankings … With just a couple weeks to go until football recruits sign their letters of intent things are starting to heat up … Yesterday, a Washington State kicking recruit announced he intends to play at Washington instead … WSU's Deone Bucannon is already making an impression at the Senior Bowl … Sebastian LaRue told 247 Sports that his transfer to WSU is set in stone, and he acknowledges that he'll have to sit out a year … It sounds like UCLA's new defensive coordinator is already on campus.
From Pullman — The first third of the Pac-12 basketball season is over and the conference is starting to take shape. The Pac-12 has four teams that comprise the first tier, with a noticeable drop off in talent among the remaining squads. Some teams have been bitten by injuries, while others have had unexpected stars emerge. Arizona is clearly at the top of the conference, USC is clearly at the bottom and it's becoming apparent which teams will contend for spots 2-4 in the conference, and which won't.
Our Power Rankings took a look at where the Pac-12 stands today, after the jump.
From Pullman — Well, at least the Seahawks won. It's small consolation on a day that the Washington State women's basketball team suffered its first conference loss, falling in the final seconds to Utah. Even worse, it was the Utes' first Pac-12 win. Still, it's not all doom and gloom on the Palouse, not with the news that a talented wide receiver has decided that he'd like to catch a pass or 200 in Mike Leach's Air Raid offense. And he's probably not the only one.
A couple links, after the jump.