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Starting to look at spring

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FROM SALT LAKE CITY — We've got basketball on the brain this week, but are also trying our hand at double-duty as well. So that means a couple of football links for you from the road as WSU gears up for spring practices. Read on.

Gameday variety from WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — There's another big game tonight at Beasley Coliseum, as Washington State welcomes the mercurial Colorado Buffaloes at 7 p.m. But we also have some other reading for you, so read on.

WSU makes Yost hire official

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FROM PULLMAN — Here's the brief we just filed for tomorrow's newspaper on WSU's official hire of David Yost as inside receivers coach.

Yost reportedly on board, plus links

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FROM OAKLAND — It's another busy travel day as we make our way back to the Palouse. First, we have some football news and some links recapping yesterday's basketball action, so read on.

Report: Leach close to hiring offensive coach

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FROM STANFORD — There's a report out of Missouri tonight that David Yost, formerly the offensive coordinator at Missouri under coach Gary Pinkel, has interviewed with Mike Leach to fill the opening on Washington State's offensive staff.

It's not entirely clear from the Columbia Daily Tribune story what Yost's official title would be, though the story notes that he would have some input in the offense. That seems to imply that he wouldn't simply be a replacement of Eric Morris at inside receivers coach.

Yost's background is in the spread offense, which he helped implement at Missouri to decent success. He resigned from his job at that school on Dec. 3 due to “personal reasons,” according to the report.

Leach is also searching for a replacement for Jeff Choate, the linebackers coach who recently accepted the defensive coordinator job at UTEP.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple