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Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Today's morning links will be short, since I'm about to head to New Mexico for the game and will be in transit for most of the day. However, I'll try and put up some more links early this afternoon. Unfortunately, we also won't be able to do our usual Wednesday morning chat, so we'll postpone that until Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.

For the paper today we have a story on Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson and his Cougar ties … Yesterday's Bowl Rewind turned back the clock to the days of the Palouse Posse and the 1994 Alamo Bowl … Safety Deone Bucannon is a First-Team All-American according to the Associated Press.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Game week has started and that means it's time to take a First Look at WSU's opponent, Colorado State … We relive the 1992 Copper Bowl in yesterday's bowl rewind … WSU picked up a verbal commitment from a Herculean recruit … The Cougars got some bad news yesterday when the women's soccer coach left for Troy … Bud Withers has a timeline of WSU's parabolic decade … Robin Dich of the Daily Evergreen answers questions about the Cougars.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Washington State football team has just one more day in Pullman before heading south for the New Mexico Bowl. It'll be a business trip for the Cougars, but they're looking to have some fun as well … Maybe as much fun as the basketball team had beating Pepperdine yesterday … Here is the box score from that game … As well as postgame videos of coach Ken Bone and some players  … Yesterday's bowl rewind took a look at the 1988 Aloha Bowl.

Links from around the conference, after the jump.

Sunday morning links

From Pullman — In the paper today we have a story on WSU's new weight room, and what it could mean for players and recruits … In yesterday's Bowl Rewind we took a look at the 1981 Holiday Bowl against BYU … The Cougars went back outside for practice yesterday … WSU's big recruiting weekend appears to be a success, so far.

Links from around the conference, after the jump.

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Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — After taking Thursday off from practice, the Cougars took to the field on Friday and we've got a report … We continue our WSU bowl rewind with a look at the 1931 Rose Bowl … A number of recruits are in town for the weekend.

Links form around the conference after the jump.

Friday morning WSU links

From Pullman — The Cougars didn't practice yesterday but will return to the field this afternoon. My story in today's paper focuses on how the Washington State's coaches have used the bowl practices up to get extra time with young players and improve for next season … We go back in time to 1916 and take a look at WSU's first bowl game … John Blanchette has a feature on Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, who hails from Spokane … The Cougars continue to rack up the offensive tackle recruits.

Links from around the conference, after the jump.

Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Just nine more days until the Cougars take on Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl, which means Washington State needs to make the most of its extra practice time. The upperclassmen are now spending all of practice with the younger players as the team gets ready to implement the game plan. We cover that in last night's practice report … In today's paper we have a story where some former coaches and players weigh in on WSU's return to the postseason … coach Mike Leach briefly flew down to Albuquerque yesterday for the bowl game's introductory press conference, and we've got a transcript … Yesterday we had our weekly WSU football chat and you can read the transcript here … Could the Cougars pick up a transfer at quarterback? … Both WSU and Colorado State's programs are in their formative years.

In basketball news, New Mexico State tried to knock No. 1 Arizona from its perch. It failed.

Football links from around the conference after these messages.

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Plenty of WSU news today as we've got stories on the seniors who are continuing to add to their legacy on the football team, a notebook on why the Cougars basketball practice are extra intense this week, and blog posts looking at a pair of new offensive line commits, recapping what we saw of practice and taking a look at some extra presents WSU players will receive for the holidays.

Don't forget we'll have an 11 a.m. chat to talk football, basketball, bowls and more here on SportsLink.

Links from around the conference, after the jump.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Washington State's long wait is at an end. After 10 years and a presumably nerve-wracking final week, the Cougars are headed to the New Mexico Bowl … They'll face the Colorado State Rams, who we take an early look at here … Tickets can be purchased from the WSU athletic department … The Seattle Times has a story as well … As does the Denver Post.

News from around the conference after the jump.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

Video courtesy of Thomas Backman on YouTube.

From Pullman — There was only one Pac-12 football game this weekend and it was a big one. Stanford thrashed Arizona State to win the Pac-12 championship and secure a Rose Bowl berth. But just because the rest of the conference's teams weren't playing this weekend doesn't mean that there wasn't a lot of action that affected the teams. Texas lost, but Oklahoma won, increasing the likelihood of the Pac-12 getting two BCS teams. And the Heart of Dallas Bowl is more likely to take a Pac-12 team with Ohio State's loss.

The men's basketball team escaped Moscow with a win to continue their run of dominance over Idaho … Colorado knocked off No. 6 Kansas, their former Big 12 rival, in a big win for the Pac-12 … Arizona held off UNLV … The Bruins fell to Missouri … Utah stayed undefeated at home with a win over Fresno State.

 

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Pac-12 championship game is today. Because the winner is going to the Rose Bowl either way, it does not really matter who you root for as the game should have no impact on WSU's bowl situation. Maybe a Stanford win would be a bit better as Oregon is more likely to jump Arizona State than Stanford in the BCS standings … But WSU fans should root for Texas today … We've got an update on WSU's bowl situation in today's paper … Boise State's interim coach is a WSU alum … Micaela Castain of the WSU women's soccer team has been named a second-team All-American.

We'll have a live chat at noon to talk about Pac-12 football and WSU's bowl situation.

Links from around the conference, after the jump.

Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The slow march towards Sunday's bowl announcements took another step forward on Thursday, as the Cougars returned to practice for the first time since the Apple Cup. It was a skeleton coaching staff, however, as all the coaches but head man Mike Leach and defensive coordinator Mike Breske are still on the road recruiting. With the basketball team not playing until Saturday, “dead week” seems to be an appropriate term for what's (not) going on at WSU right now. We've got our practice report up on the blog, and a story about what the Cougars have been up to for the past week … Will you be traveling to a bowl game if the Cougars are invited? The folks at CougCenter want to know.

If you're itching for more info, on Saturday we'll have a morning chat to talk about the bowl situation, the Pac-12 championship game and who knows what else.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Thursday morning links

The Washington State coaches are back from recruiting and today the Cougars will take the practice field for the first time in over a week. WSU will have three practices before the bowl invitations start to come out on Sunday, and continue to practice if they're given a bowl berth … With the coaches on the road and the program in limbo while waiting to hear its bowl fate, it wasn't an especially eventful week for the WSU football program. Still, we came up with some odds and ends from the past few days … WSU defensive coordinator Mike Breske is named by Steve Vorel as a possible candidate for the vacant head coach position at Wyoming … Oregon State's athletic director says the Cougars will probably go bowling … Jeff Nusser of CougCenter responds to Jerry Palm of CBS who doesn't think WSU's fans travel well enough for a bowl game.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Wednesday Pac-12 lunchtime links

Good morning (barely) everyone, sorry about the lateness of these links. There were some issues with the website on my end last night that didn't get resolved until recently so I'm just now getting to these. If you haven't seem then already, we've got stories today with reaction from two Pac-12 coaches to their colleague Steve Sarkisian's decision to leave UW for USC … An update on athletic director Bill Moos' efforts to get Washington State a bowl invitation … And our final Pac-12 Power Rankings of the regular season.

For bowl projections and links from around the conference, follow the jump.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

Just when you think everything's going to be quiet for awhile, all heck breaks lose. Yes, the similarities between Pac-12 football and my 10th grade battle with acne truly are a wonder. Steve Sarkisian cooled talk that he was on the hot seat with an Apple Cup win, so of course he was offered and accepted the prestigious USC job just a few days later … Now the Cougars' rivals have to find a coach, and the first choice seems to be UCLA's Jim Mora … What will happen next in this week's game of Pac-12 musical chairs? Word is that WSU coach Mike Leach has no interest in the Stanford gig … In other news the Pac-12 All-Conference teams are out and safety Deone Bucannon made First-Team … We've got a Q&A with WSU athletic director Bill Moos covering a variety of topics.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos will begin politicking and lobbying various bowl games in earnest, today. But with no practice on Monday, today will be another day in limbo for the Cougars, as all bowl eligible Pac-12 teams wait for Dec. 8th, when the postseason picture will become clear. Nothing much can happen before then as the BCS bowls will need to be determined and then the lesser bowls can make their selections from the remaining teams.

Still, the bowl situation is slowly evolving. The Cougars could play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl if the Big Ten gets two teams in BSC bowls … The Cougars will be in competition with Syracuse and Maryland for at-large bids if they are not invited to a Pac-12 affiliated bowl … UCLA is probably headed to El Paso … The Ducks aren't out of BCS bowl contention yet … The Huskies will probably face BYU in San Francisco.

The WSU men's basketball team fell to St. Joseph's in their Old Spice Classic finale.

Find out where national pundits think WSU will go bowling, and check out some otherAnd i basketball scores, after the jump.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

Saturday was day one of Bowl Watch 2013 for the Cougars, who can't do much but sit and wait … A lot happened to affect the bowl picture on Saturday and we've got an update on the situation … Now that coach Mike Leach's 24 hour rule has passed, check out our grades from the Apple Cup.

Here are bowl projections from: CBS, ESPN, The Orlando Sentinel and USA Today.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Saturday morning links

From Seattle — There was sense of deja vu surround yesterday's Apple Cup, as the game seemed to play out in a very similar fashion to last season's contest. Until the end, at least … Bishop Sankey made the difference in Washington's win … Just because the regular season is over doesn't mean Elliott Bosch is going to take a break … We've got postgame video from players and coach Mike Leach further down on the blog, and here are some of Leach's postgame quotes … Here are our keys to the game … With the loss, the Cougars aren't guaranteed of a bowl berth … But John Blanchette says WSU has bigger questions to deal with … Still, there was one big WSU win on Friday.

Links from around the conference, after the jump.

 

Morning Pac-12 links: Apple Cup Edition

From Seattle — It's Apple Cup Friday and we've got you covered for stories on the game. Get started with our advance of tomorrow's game, featuring a familiar foe for WSU fans and check out our story on what Bill Moos thinks an Apple Cup win could do for the program … A few Huskies will be leaving school a year early … A former WSU beat writer for the Spokesman-Review, Christian Caple, and I answered five questions about the Cougars and the Huskies … Here is our 2-Minute Drill for the Apple Cup … This year the game means more than just bragging rights … My picks for this weekend's games … The WSU basketball team played well but fell late against Butler … Here's the box score.

Links from around the conference after the jump.Le

Week 14 Pac-12 picks

From Seattle — It’s rivalry week in the Pac-12, and just because the Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t expect many of the games to be close doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect an upset or two. Arizona State and Stanford will have to find motivation despite having already secured spots in the Pac-12 championship game. Oregon players said that they didn’t care about a Rose Bowl last week and then lost to Arizona. How do the Ducks feel about the Alamo Bowl? They won’t get there, either, if they have a similar letdown in the Civil War.

The picks are after the jump.

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Washington's Steve Sarkisian and Washington State's Dennis Simmons will be rival coaches on Friday, but first, they were teammates … Our very own John Blanchette weighs in on WSU athletic director Bill Moos' decision to ban some fans from a bowl game … The Huskies still don't know who their quarterback will be for the Apple Cup … There's a new team at the top of this week's Pac-12 Power Rankings.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Cougars practiced long into the night on Monday to prepare for Friday's Apple Cup showdown … Don't expect to attend WSU's bowl game if you sent Bill Moos vitriolic emails last year … It's still anyone's guess where the Cougars will end up … Or who will start at quarterback for the Huskies … WSU players and coaches credit the work done in fall camp for their recent rash of success.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Boycott over gun laws didn’t deter hunting in Colorado

Colorado's elk, deer lure hunters despite new gun laws
After Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a trio of new gun bills into law earlier this year, there was a public outcry and a warning that hunters would shy away from the Centennial State, but preliminary numbers on nonresident and resident hunting permits for elk and deer indicate that thousands more were sold this year than last.
— Denver Post

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — It's Apple Cup week and for the first time in awhile, more than bragging rights are on the line … the Cougars got the week started off on the right foot, reported picking up a verbal commitment from Darren Gardenhire … A little late but here is Bud Withers' column on the Utah game … The men's basketball team was unable to overcome a 10-minute scoring drought.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Game day couldn't have gone much better for the Washington State football team. While the defense struggled at times and the Cougars didn't run away with the game, all that seems relatively unimportant after WSU's biggest win in years. The Cougars raced out to a 21-0 lead thanks to big plays from WSU seniors in their final game at Martin Stadium … And as a mark of how much the Cougars have grown this year, they didn't back down when faced with adversity … Here's how the teams scored … And some keys to the game … This being a newspaper and all, we have a game story.

There is still no guarantee that the Cougars will be invited to a bowl game but fear not, Vince Grippi is willing to stake his entire reputation  on it. (But be careful, he also picked the Utes to win.)

John Blanchette's column on the game reads as purdy as a Blanchette column.

It may seem like the earth stood still and watched on Saturday as the Cougars sent home Stanford-slaying Utah home with a whimper. But the world continued to turn and other games were played. All that and more, after the jump.

Game day Pac-12 Links

From Pullman — There won't be much time to read these links if you're heading to the game, which starts at 12:30 in Pullman. But if you'll be watching the game on the Pac-12 Networks, read on. It will be the final home game for many Cougars, but not Vince Mayle … Here's our advance for the game, focusing on the bowl game ramifications … Our 2-Minute Drill  consists of four tasks the Cougars must accomplish to be successful.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Thursday morning links

From Pullman — The Washington State football team had a frigid practice on Wednesday and Eric Russell shared his thoughts on some special teams struggles … The Cougars got some good grades this week … WSU's Elliott Bosch was nominated for a postseason honor … Jim Meehan has a story on a pair of old rivals that will compete yet again when the Cougars take on Gonzaga tomorrow … A former walk-on will suit up at quarterback for Utah on Saturday … If he goes down, the Utes may have to take drastic measures … Coach Mike Leach and Kyle Whittingham go way back … People are saying good things about Leach.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — We'll be hosting a live chat right here on SportsLink at 11 a.m., so clear that schedule! In fact, you better take the whole day off, because you won't get anything done anyways once you start getting into these links.

Here at the S-R we've got our usual Wednesday Pac-12 Notebook … The Cougars took to the practice field on Tuesday (as they so often do) and we've got a report highlighting some changes we saw on defense … The bowl situation is a little hairy this year. We break it down, and explain why a 6-6 record may not be enough to ensure the Cougars is gone for the Holidays … Neil Stover and I had so much fun watching the coaches and players at WSU's Monday presser that we figured we'd do a little talking as well … These are no ordinary rankings, they're POWER RANKINGS …

In other WSU news, an offensive line recruit has changed his mind about becoming a Cougar. Britton Ransford has the scoop and CougCenter has a free story  …  Utah, the Cougars' opponent on Saturday, has faced its share of challenges this year … Maybe a move to the Pac-12 was a little more difficult than the Utes anticipated.

“Those who stay will get more links, after the jump.”

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Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Cougars are trying to put together a winning streak for the first time in over a month, and are likely to do so according to vegasinsider.com, which has WSU listed as a one point favorite over Utah. Coming off their third road win of the season, the Cougars are searching for their sixth win and a shot at a bowl game. They won't have to face starting quarterback Travis Wilson, who may have to retire from football following the discovery of a head condition … The Utes have gone through some tough times this s eason … Mike Leach and select WSU players held their weekly Monday press conference and we've got video and a transcript … Washington State's seniors are hoping to leave an enduring legacy with their final home game … Leach's contract will roll along into 2018 …