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Tuesday’s light on links

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FROM PULLMAN — The WSU basketball team departs in a few hours, and will make the relatively brief trek from here to the Willamatte Valley for Wednesday's game against Oregon. Before that, coach Ken Bone will meet with the media, as usual. Right now, we don't have much. But there is a bit of recruiting news to pass along. 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.

Waiting another day for WSU

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FROM OAKLAND — With an extra day between games this week, we're still in the Bay Area while Washington State won't come back here until later tonight. That's OK. We found something to do. Read on.

Some surprises in WSU football schedule

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FROM OAKLAND — The Pac-12 released its 2013 football schedule on Thursday, and it probably won't have Washington State fans jumping for joy. 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

Putting the past in the past

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FROM PULLMAN — It's about time to get on an airplane and transport ourselves down to Oakland. But if memory serves, there are a few things we still need to wrap up from yesterday. Read on.

Pac-12 review of WSU football program finds no abuse

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FROM PULLMAN — Here's a short story we just filed for web on the findings of the Pac-12's review of the Washington State  football program. You can read the full report here.

The Pac-12 announced the findings of its nearly 2-month review of the Washington State football program on Tuesday, concluding that no evidence was found to suggest that coach Mike Leach or his assistants had engaged in player abuse.

The investigation was prompted after former receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team following a Nov. 4 workout, then alleged in a Nov. 10 letter to news media that the staff had abused the players physically, emotionally and verbally.

WSU’s internal review of the program exonerated Leach and his staff, buoyed by a text message Wilson sent to athletic director Bill Moos in which he softened his claims against the coaching staff.

The Pac-12’s review was contracted to Bond, Schoenek and King, a law firm located in Kansas City. The review included interviews with 20 players, coaches, parents and other athletic department staff.

In its review, the Pac-12 did recommend that the school establish a workout/conditioning policy to be approved by Moos for future use, and that the school should pay closer attention to an NCAA bylaw limiting the number of hours the team can practice each week. 

WSU year in review

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In honor of the final day of 2012, we participate in the widely-practiced tradition of recapping the previous 365 days in WSU sports (OK, just football and men's basketball, because those are the sports we cover). Read on for musings.

This and that on a Thursday

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FROM SEATTLE — The football team added a few new players yesterday, while the basketball team will practice today on the same court the Sonics used to practice on. Too soon? Read on.

WSU football team adds five

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As expected, the Washington State football team signed three junior-college transfers to letters of intent on Wednesday, and also signed two players to financial aid packages.

JUCO transfers Lyman Faoliu (defensive end, College of San Mateo), Ivan McLennan (linebacker, El Camino Junior College) and Jacob Seydel (offensive lineman, Riverside Community College) each signed letters of intent, and B.J. Salmonson (offensive lineman) and Robert Lewis (receiver) signed financial aid agreements.

Salmonson and Lewis each signed letters of intent with WSU last February but delayed their enrollment. All five players who signed with the Cougars today will begin classes on Jan. 7 and will be eligible to participate in winter conditioning drills and spring practices.

“We are excited about the start to this class,” said WSU coach Mike Leach in a statement. “Our coaching staff has worked extremely hard over the past year and this class is going to be key for us in the future. Lyman and Jacob give us added size on both lines which is always a priority and Ivan gives us another athletic playmaker on defense. Robert will certainly add speed to our receiving unit and B.J. is a person who is physical and embraces contact.”

The national letter-of-intent signing period for high-school athletes begins Feb. 6.

Here's some biographical information for each player included in WSU's official release:

Change of pace on a Saturday

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FROM PULLMAN — The men's basketball team doesn't play again until the 21st. But there's another basketball team at this school, and they're going to have their hands full this afternoon against a nationally-ranked opponent. We'll be there. Read on.

Ending the week with hoops links

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FROM PULLMAN — It was back to basketball on Thursday night, though the small crowd that showed up at Beasley Coliseum wasn't exactly treated to a strong showing. Regardless, we recap the night's happenings after the jump, so read on.

Live chat, and a December day full of football news

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FROM PULLMAN — We knew it was coming eventually. And on Wednesday, Washington state released the findings of its internal review of the football program. That dominates today's headlines, so read on for plenty more on the subject.

WSU review concludes “no report or detection of abuse”

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FROM PULLMAN — WSU released its final findings from its internal review of the football program prompted by former receiver Marquess Wilson's allegations of abuse made in early November.

We have the full review posted below.

Bill Moos also said in a statement: “Last month President Floyd asked me to fully review allegations raised concerning the football program and report those findings and conclusions as soon as possible,” said Moos. “I have fulfilled his charge over the past few weeks, which included interviews with multiple student-athletes and support staff involved with the program. Once I received the findings from members of my staff, I found that the program is moving in the desired direction, that is it on-par with, or exceeds, other BSC-level programs in terms of expectations and commitment. Transition in coaching changes is rarely smooth, however, after reviewing the comments from the players that were interviewed, I am encouraged the program is moving in a positive direction.”

Perhaps of most interest and importance is Moos' statement in the review that “Throughout this review there was no report or detection of abuse or inappropriate behavior.”

Moos also confirmed that Wilson recanted his claims in a text message following the UCLA game.

Moos said he did instruct coaches to stop spraying water on players who were working out in the sand pit. That directive was issued around midseason.

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

The day before Gonzaga

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FROM PULLMAN — There's a big basketball game here tomorrow night, and we have some information on that front. But there are also a few football notes and links to pass along. Read on.

Marquess Wilson, D.J. Shelton and links

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FROM PULLMAN — Already wrote this clever little lead-in once. Then my computer ate it. So just keep reading if you want to keep reading.

Quotes: Leach says Wilson has recanted

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FROM PULLMAN — We have the transcription of Mike Leach's season-ending press conference in its entirety, but first wanted to pull out a few of the more significant notes.

— Leach was again adamant that the Marquess Wilson review has been a “total waste of time,” and said that Wilson has since “basically recanted everything he’s said.”

“Just wait and you’ll read the review. Stay tuned and when you all get bored talking about football, you can talk about that again.”

— There's no update on Jeff Tuel's request for a fifth year of eligibility. Leach said Tuel is lifting weights with the team. Offseason workouts started on Monday, with players lifting four days per week. Next week, they'll run and lift four days per week, then do the same thing the week after, Leach said.

— Leach said Travis Long's knee injury will keep him out of pre-draft workouts, but he still expects Long to get a shot with an NFL team.

— Leach expects all of his assistants to return next season, “as far as I know.”

— On his name coming up in other coaching searches, Leach said: “I’m not looking for another position and I’m happy here. It’s about as simple as that. There’s always dialogue that takes place but I’m happy here. I’m staying here. When I got here I planned to from the beginning, I planned to get to a place where you build it up and you turn it around. Not looking for just stop and start stuff.”

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Live chat, plus hoops

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FROM PULLMAN — So it's not the Apple Cup. But the Battle of the Palouse — tonight's basketball game between Washington State and Idaho — is an interesting enough rivalry in its own right, I suppose. Read on.

Tuesday links

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FROM PULLMAN — Monday was a relatively quiet day on the Palouse, in that there were no football coaching rumors to tend to. But we did spend some time on the basketball side of things, so read on for a bit more on that.

Fire up the rumor mill

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FROM PULLMAN — Sunday marked the first official day of the offseason for a whole bunch of college football teams. It also marked the beginning of a period that is likely to cause some consternation in Pullman for the foreseeable future. Let's explain. Read on.

Shifting focus on a Sunday

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FROM PULLMAN — With WSU's football season officially in the rearview, our focus shifts — however long it takes — to basketball for the next 3-plus months. But there's some football news to pass along, too, and not the kind that we want to be writing about. Read on.

Happy (for WSU) Apple Cup links

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FROM PULLMAN — Each Sunday morning, we recap the coverage of the previous day's game. Well, it's Saturday morning. But in case you hadn't heard, there was a football game here yesterday. It went well for the home team. Read on.

Tale of the tape: WSU 31, UW 28

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FROM PULLMAN — It's a happier tale of the tape this time for WSU, as we break down the Cougars' 31-28 overtime win over Washington in the Apple Cup. Read on.

Mike Leach quotes after Apple Cup

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FROM PULLMAN — Here's a partial transcript of Mike Leach's postgame comments after WSU's 31-28 overtime win over Washington in the Apple Cup. Read on.

Apple Cup links

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FROM PULLMAN — This is it: our final batch of gameday links. It's Washington State. It's Washington. It's the Apple Cup. And we have some things for you to read before you watch the game. So read on.

Scouting the Huskies with Bob Condotta

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FROM PULLMAN — To preview Friday's Apple Cup game, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times was kind enough to answer five questions for us. You can find Bob's blog here (as if there's anyone reading this who wouldn't already know), and follow him on Twitter: @bcondotta. Read on.

Day of turkey, links

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FROM PULLMAN — Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a happy Thanksgiving. We'll keep the links short today. It is a holiday, after all. Read on.