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Live chat, Wednesday links from WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — Hey, it's Wednesday again. And hey, we have links again. So keep reading, if you're into that.

Notes from Tuesday’s practice

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FROM PULLMAN — Practice this time of year gets to feeling pretty darn routine. And Tuesday's workout for Washington State was no exception. But there are always nuggets buried out there amid the mundane, and we found a few today. So read on.

Tuesday means links (and other stuff)

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FROM PULLMAN — Another Tuesday means Washington State's practice week begins later this afternoon. It also means the Pac-12 coaches' teleconference (yippee) and your typical look around the conference. That can be found below.

Leach speaks on USC, Southern Utah

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FROM PULLMAN — WSU coach Mike Leach met with the media earlier today, and we have a transcription below of most of his comments.

Horton named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

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FROM PULLMAN — To nobody's surprise, Washington State cornerback Damante Horton was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after his two interceptions in WSU's 10-7 upset of Southern California.

Horton scored WSU's only touchdown on a 70-yard interception return late in the first half, then made the pick that ultimately helped seal the game in the final minutes.

Athlon Sports also named Horton its National Defensive Player of the Week.

Horton spoke with reporters earlier this afternoon, and we'll have more on that later.

New week, and new hope for WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — Instead of discussing the merits of a close loss, the four WSU players (along with coach Mike Leach) who meet with media this afternoon will be asked all sorts of questions about how it feels to beat USC in Memorial Coliseum. Now who saw that coming? We have links after the jump.

Looking back at USC with Leach, Breske

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FROM PULLMAN — Washington State went through its usual Sunday night paces, mostly working on special teams and scout work during a short practice at Martin Stadium. We have a couple notes, plus interviews with coach Mike Leach and defensive coordinator Mike Breske.

Happy morning links for WSU

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FROM LOS ANGELES — As I write this, Washington State is about 30 minutes away from its estimated arrival time of 3:20 a.m. in Pullman. Feel free to pass along any photos or updates if you met the team at Bohler. Until then, here are some of the more upbeat day-after links you've read in a while. Read on.

Video: Andrew Furney and Gunnar Eklund

A disclaimer: these will all be a bit shaky because I was writing furiously as everyone was talking. But, here you go.

Tale of the tape: WSU 10, USC 7

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FROM LOS ANGELES — It will be a happy flight home for WSU, which pulled off a 10-7 upset of No. 25 Southern California at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night. We have our usual tale of the tape below.

Live chat, gameday links from L.A.

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FROM LOS ANGELES — The last time Washington State won a football game in this city against Southern California, George W. Bush and Al Gore were arguing over who had won the presidential election. The Cougars have about 13 and a half hours before they take the field to try to end that streak. We have links before they do.

WSU unveils new basketball unis

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FROM PULLMAN — We start today's links with an item we didn't get to last night: the unveiling of new uniforms for the men's basketball team. They have words on them. Read on.

Next stop L.A. for Cougars

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FROM PULLMAN — After the Friday walk-through, that is. But Washington State's week of real, official practices is over, and the team will board a plane for  Los Angeles tomorrow as it prepares to face USC on Saturday. We have a few notes from today's practice.

Linking into Thursday with WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — It's the final day of practice for Washington State before it heads out on another tough road trip. We have links to get you through another tough morning.

Russell talks Marqise Lee

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FROM PULLMAN — The Cougars went through their usual Wednesday paces at practice, peppering in a ton of scout preparation with some special teams work. The latter is the focus of this post. Keep reading, por favor.

Live chat, plus WSU links

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FROM PULLMAN — Make sure to swing by at 1 p.m. for our live chat this afternoon. It sure will be a blast. Also, there are links below.

A pair of CBs sit for Cougs

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FROM PULLMAN — Phew. OK. With deadline responsibilities out of the way, we can tell you about today's football practice. There isn't much to tell. But there is some, so keep reading.

Ben Johnson moving back to Australia

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FROM PULLMAN — WSU announced Tuesday that assistant coach Ben Johnson has “decided to leave” the men’s basketball program. Coach Ken Bone told the Spokesman-Review that Johnson plans to move back to Cairns, Australia, where he played and coached for several years. Johnson’s wife is also from Cairns, and Johnson was the primary recruiter of a handful of Australian players who came through the program in the last decade — Aron Baynes, Brock Motum and Dexter Kernich-Drew among them.

Johnson began as an assistant in 2004 under former coach Dick Bennett, eventually coaching under Dick’s son, Tony, and was the lone holdover from Bennett’s staff when coach Ken Bone was hired in 2009.

Bone said that when he kept Johnson on staff upon his arrival at WSU, Johnson told him he planned to move back to Australia at some point in the future.

“We were very fortunate to have him in the program the last four years,” Bone said. “He’s just a great person. High character, great basketball knowledge. He’s been a huge asset to our program.”

Bone said he wasn’t sure if Johnson has accepted another coaching job. He also said newly hired director of player development Rod Jensen, renowned as a defensive specialist, is “definitely” a candidate to replace Johnson as assistant. Bone hopes to fill that position “real soon,” and said he’s spoken with candidates in the past 48 hours.

This is the second departure from WSU’s coaching staff in the past few months. Jeff Hironaka left to take an assistant job at Portland State over the summer after spending a season in a lesser role as director of player development.

Ray Lopes was hired from Idaho last summer. Curtis Allen is now the last remaining assistant from Bone's initial staff.

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

Another Tuesday rolls through

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FROM PULLMAN — It's Tuesday again — funny how it seems to keep coming around — which means a day full of teleconferences and football practice and writing. In other words: the season is in full swing. So gather 'round and get your links.

Talking WSU on SWX

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FROM PULLMAN — On Mondays throughout the football season, I'll make a brief appearance on SWX's nightly sports show with producer/all-around good dude Neil Stover. We filmed the first of our interviews today at Martin Stadium, and you can watch it below.

SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

WSU depth chart, Week 2

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FROM PULLMAN — A quick post to pass along WSU's depth chart, which remains pretty much the same as last week. 

OFFENSE

X 88 Isiah MYERS 6-0 185 JR
80 Dom WILLIAMS 6-2 192 SO*
or 1 Vince MAYLE 6-3 240 SR
 
Y 84 River CRACRAFT 6-0 198 FR
82 Bobby RATLIFF 6-2 198 JR*
 
LT 63 Gunnar EKLUND 6-7 300 SO*
79 Pierson VILLARRUBIA 6-4 293 FR*
 
LG 56 Joe DAHL 6-4 290 SO*
66 Matt GOETZ 6-4 270 SR*
 
C 60 Elliot BOSCH 6-4 280 SR* 
70 Zach BREVICK 6-5 278 SR*
 
RG 77 John FULLINGTON 6-5 301 SR
58 Riley SORENSON 6-4 304 FR
 
RT 76 Rico FORBES 6-6 300 SR*
73 Eduardo MIDDLETON 6-5 318 FR*
 
H 19 Brett BARTOLONE 5-10 187 SO
5 Rickey GALVIN 5-8 178 JR*
 
Z 84 Gabe MARKS 6-0 176 SO 
18 Kristoff WILLIAMS 6-2 216 JR*
 
QB 12 Connor HALLIDAY 6-4 190 JR*
17 Austin APODACA 6-3 193 FR*
 
RB 34 Teondray CALDWELL 5-8 198 SO
or 35 Marcus MASON 5-9 188 JR
 
DEFENSE
 
T 98 Kalafitoni POLE 6-1 302 JR*
52 Darryl PAULO 6-2 262 SO*
 
NT 95 Ioane GAUTA 6-3 285 SR
92 Robert BARBER 6-3 297 FR*
 
E 96 Xavier COOPER 6-4 303 SO*
71 Matthew BOCK 6-2 270 SR*
 
BUCK 97 Destiny VAEAO 6-4 290 SO
40 Kache PALACIO 6-2 225 SO
 
SAM 42 Cyrus COEN 6-0 215 JR
21 Eric OERTEL 6-1 208 SR
 
MIKE 13 Darryl MONROE 6-1 235 SO*
37 Jared BYERS 6-0 218 SR*
 
WILL 10 Justin SAGOTE 6-0 218 SR
33 Tana PRITCHARD 6-3 220 SO*
FCB 6 Damante HORTON 5-10 175 SR 
25 Daquawn BROWN 5-11 170 FR
 
SS 20 Deone BUCANNON 6-1 215 SR
4 Anthony CARPENTER 6-0 195 SR*
 
FS 30 Taylor TALIULU 5-11 196 SO
22 Casey LOCKER 5-11 195 SR*
 
BCB 2 Nolan WASHINGTON 5-11 182 SR*
27 Tracy CLARK 5-11 187 JR*
 
SPECIALISTS
 
P 46 Mike BOWLIN 6-4 215 SR*
44 Wes CONCEPCION 6-0 185 JR
 
PK 49 Andrew FURNEY 5-10 210 SR
46 Mike BOWLIN 6-4 215 SR*
 
KO 46 Mike BOWLIN 6-4 215 SR*
49 Andrew FURNEY 5-10 210 SR
 
LS 65 Alex DEN BLEYKER 5-10 235 JR
70 Zach BREVICK 6-5 278 SR*
 
H 17 Austin APODACA 6-3 193 FR*
46 Mike BOWLIN 6-4 215 SR*
 
PR 23 Leon BROOKS 5-7 166 SR*
19 Brett BARTOLONE 5-10 179 SO
 
KOR 34 Teondray CALDWELL 5-8 189 SO
35 Marcus MASON 5-9 190 JR