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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.
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.
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.
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.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Gonzaga Prep vs. Mead game. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle covered University's win against Rogers at Joe Albi stadium. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Shadle's win over Mt. Spokane. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
Check out the entire replay of the live chat on Washington State football with beat writer Jacob Thorpe.
S-R photojournalist Kathy Plonka covered Lake City's win over Post Falls. Check out this big picture gallery of her photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GSL showdown between Gonzaga Prep and Ferris. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
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.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GSL game between Mt. Spokane and Central Valley. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Kathy Plonka covered the CDA game against Skyline. Check out this big picture gallery of her photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the CV vs. Rogers game. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the NC vs. Mead game at Joe Albi. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Ferris vs. Shadle game. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Mt. Spokane's win against North Central. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
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.
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.
College football all-stars vs. the previous season's NFL champions.
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..
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?
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.
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.
Boise State University has backed out on a commitment to join the Big East, the Associated Press reports, and will instead remain a member of the Mountain West. The school and the conference announced today that they've come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing football in the league they have been a part of for the past two seasons.
Boise State was scheduled to join the Big East next year for football only, but more recent defections from the Big East made it reconsider. BSU said as part of its agreement with the Mountain West, TV rights to its home football games will not be part of the conference's future media contracts. Click below for a full statement from BSU President Bob Kustra, who said, “This has been an odyssey for Boise State, with all the unexpected turns and changes that term suggests.” In the end, Kustra said the new deal with the Mountain West is best for BSU in terms of “geographic footprint, revenue and national exposure,” and he said, “Thanks to the success of Coach Petersen and his staff, Boise State football is a unique program with a value in media and ticket sales attractive to a number of conferences and bowl venues.”