Latest from The Spokesman-Review
Washington State moved its hour-long practice indoors because Pullman is filled with smoke.
Seriously, even on a cloudless day one can barely see the sun. The medical types seem pretty certain that smoking is bad for one's health, so the Cougars made use of "the bubble," on Sunday for their 8 p.m. practice.
That also meant that we reporters couldn't watch practice, other than the usual 15-minute period at the beginning. So, here are the highlights:
— The Cougars punted a bit. Zach Charme was the punter.
In lieu of the robust practice report bursting with information about hog-mollies and beef-hosses and hog-hosses and beef-mollies to which you are accustomed, I have a couple fun video interviews to pass along. First, offensive line coach Clay McGuire takes us back to his days playing for Mike Leach at Texas Tech and describes one of the perks of year-round recruiting. Then, defensive line coach Joe Salave'a provides some color from his days in the NFL, and talks about a trip he took to the White House.
From Pullman — The Washington State football team returned to Martin Stadium on Saturday afternoon, practicing outdoors for the first time in over a week. With temperatures in Pullman below zero at times recently, the Cougars have been making use of their inflated indoor practice facility.
"We could've (practiced outside) pretty much every day," coach Mike Leach said. "Because we just clear (the snow) off. But it's fine, I don't know where we'll be on Tuesday but if it's like this we'll be out here."
Leach also spoke a bit about senior safety Deone Bucannon, who has been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl while earning some awards and honors at the end of the season. Leach said that among all the defensive backs he's ever had on his teams, Bucannon is "Better than average, he's a good one. He plays good, he's very physical, maybe the most physical one … In particular I like his leadership qualities. He's a relatively quiet guy but when he says something he's got something to say and he commands attention when he says it."
More on practice, after the jump.
From Pullman — The Washington State football team again practiced indoors today, meaning that we reporters were not privy to what happened after the first 15 minutes. After practice we spoke with defensive line coach Joe Salave'a, however.
Read the Q&A after the jump.