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A GRIP ON SPORTS

I am a sucker. There, I admitted it. That feels better. Read on.

WSU’s bowl situation

From Pullman — The Washington State football team extolls the virtue of limiting its focus to one game, series and even snap at a time. As such they've been reticent to discuss the possibility of playing in a bowl now that they're one game away from bowl eligibility. We, however, aren't taking the field on Saturday and as such don't have to limit ourselves. Because WSU (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) is favored against Utah at home this weekend it seems appropriate to take a look at the Cougars' bowl situation. After all, a postseason bid could have big benefits for the Cougars. Here's what coach Mike Leach had to say about the extra practices granted bowl teams.

No question. I think you get more than 15 … I think it's 22 but anyways you get quite a few. But yeah that's huge, I think it's incredibly helpful. We went to 10 straight bowls and I thought in the middle of 10 straight bowls that everybody should have the practice opportunities because it's a definite advantage. And then your young guys, you know, you can work them and the young guys will have improved a lot since camp.

More on bowl possibilites after the jump.

Friday Morning Links

No pressure for the Washington State football team this weekend, but the rest of the Pac-12 is gearing up for Saturday's games. Here are some links from around the conference.

Gameday links

Saturday is finally here and the Cougars are about to take on Oregon State in a matchup between Pacific Northwest rivals. Don't forget to jump in to our live chat at 6:30 p.m.

Some grim news for the baskteball team as a key player has left the program … but the men's and women's teams still put on a show Friday night … WSU players and coaches won't admit it but Saturday's game is a pretty big deal …  What will WSU need to do to win? … Expect a lot of passes.

Wednesday Practice Notes

Dominique Williams returned to practice on Wednesday, and you'd never know he left. That's good news for the Cougars, who regain the services of one of their most explosive wide receivers. The offense carried the day for WSU with starting quarterback Connor Halliday and backup Austin Apodaca looking sharp. We got a chance to catch up with coach Mike Leach and defensive line coach Joe Salave'a after practice, read on for the interview.

Gonzaga Prep defeats Mead 21-9

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Gonzaga Prep vs. Mead game.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

University defeats Rogers 44-6

S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle covered University's win against Rogers at Joe Albi stadium.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Shadle Park defeats Mt. Spokane 63-42

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Shadle's win over Mt. Spokane.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Replay of WSU Football Chat

Check out the entire replay of the live chat on Washington State football with beat writer Jacob Thorpe. 

Lake City defeats Post Falls 36-30

S-R photojournalist Kathy Plonka covered Lake City's win over Post Falls.  Check out this big picture gallery of  her photos.

Gonzaga Prep defeats Ferris 38-35

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GSL showdown between Gonzaga Prep and Ferris.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

North Central defeats Rogers 28-21

S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle covered Rogers' loss to North Central at Joe Albi on Friday.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

 

Mt. Spokane defeats Central Valley 35-16

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GSL game between Mt. Spokane and Central Valley.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

 

Skyline defeats CDA 38-23

S-R photojournalist Kathy Plonka covered the CDA game against Skyline.  Check out this big picture gallery of her photos.

CV defeats Rogers 49-7

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the CV vs. Rogers game.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Mead defeats North Central 42-7

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the NC vs. Mead game at Joe Albi.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Ferris defeats Shadle Park 38-14

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Ferris vs. Shadle game.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

EWU vs. Western Oregon (Sept. 7)

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered EWU's home game against Western Oregon.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.  Eastern won the game 43-14. 

East Valley vs. Sandpoint (Sept. 6)

S-R photojournalist Kathy Plonka covered the East Valley High game against Sandpoint High. East Valley defeated Sandpoint 37-21. Check out this big picture gallery of her photos.

Shadle Park vs. Rogers (Sept. 6)

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Shadle Park's opener against Rogers.  Shadle Park won 62-14. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Ferris vs. Central Valley (Sept. 6)

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Ferris vs. Central Valley game.  Ferris defeated Central Valley 42-14.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Mt. Spokane defeats North Central 28-19

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Mt. Spokane's win against North Central.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Mead vs. University (Sept. 5)

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Mead's game against University High in the GSL opener at Joe Albi, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.  The game was suspended at half-time because of lightning and will be replayed on Saturday night.

Post Falls High vs. Capital

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the Post Falls High opener against Capital.  Capital defeated Post Falls 35-0.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Remember this annual game?

College football all-stars vs. the previous season's NFL champions.

www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_College_All-Star_Game

It must hurt like hell

When football players with exceptionally long hair feel their locks get caught against another player and be inadvertently tugged, yanked or even deliberately pulled.

What if it got snagged on someone's helmet?

Yes, that picture in today's sports section made me think about this, though not for the first time..

Girl challenges football ban

BALTIMORE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district is refusing to let a seventh-grade girl play football, prompting requests that the board change its policies on female athletes.

Makhaela Jenkins has played youth football around Baltimore, southeast of Columbus, but isn't allowed on the active roster for her school team because the district doesn't allow girls to participate in games and contact drills.

Liberty Union-Thurston District superintendent Paul Mathews said the longstanding policy doesn't violate any gender-related regulations, because the district offers girls other, non-contact athletic options. Full story.

Would you want your daughter to play football?

New report shows BSU Broncos rank high for academic progress

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new report shows Boise State's football team is one of the best in the nation when it comes to how players perform in the classroom. The NCAA announced Tuesday that Boise State posted a team-best Academic Progress Rate of 993 during a four-year period ending in 2011-2012. That score ranks the Broncos second in the Football Bowl Subdivision, one spot behind Northwestern from the Big Ten Conference. The University of Idaho's football team scored at 919, while Idaho State came in with 914. APR measures eligibility, retention and graduation of all scholarship athletes. Schools that fail to meet certain APR standards can face penalties. At Idaho, the women's golf team earned the top APR score with 991. At Idaho State, the women's golf team also posted the highest score with 992.

As a department, all Boise State teams combined for an overall score of 977 and four other teams joined the football squad with top honors in the Mountain West Conference, including men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field and swimming and diving teams.

Boise State sues former Big East conference, contesting threat of $5 million penalty

The former Big East conference is threatening to sue Boise State University for $5 million, and BSU is now suing back, filing a lawsuit in district court in Boise “asking the court to declare that no such penalty is due.” In a news release, BSU President Bob Kustra said, “Boise State entered into that agreement in good faith and with a great degree of optimism, but the conference we agreed to join simply no longer exists.” Added Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle, “Boise State worked diligently to try to salvage the Big East Conference and help lead it into the future, but in the end the changes and losses proved too great to overcome.” Click below for the university's full release.