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Cougs a little frustrated on Day 8


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State's offense struggled a bit toward the end of today's practice. Then they heard about it. Then heard about it again. Read on.

Mayes getting bigger, Cougs getting feisty


FROM PULLMAN — Some days, we write a lot of words. Others, we write even more than a lot of words. Yesterday was one of those days. Read on for some more words about Washington State, its football team, and the practices of its football team.

Day 7 brings energy to Coug camp


FROM PULLMAN — You could hear Darryl Monroe leading Washington State's defense in chant from just about anywhere on campus Wednesday. It was that kind of day for the Cougars during team session, and it was that kind of day for the defense, too. Read on.

A week nearly gone for WSU


FROM PULLMAN — At about 5:45 p.m. today, Washington State will have a full week — seven days, that is — of football practices behind them. What better way to celebrate the occasion than with links?

Day 6 over for Cougs


FROM PULLMAN — As temperatures hovered in the 90s — prompting the question: can a temperature really hover? — the Cougars practiced for about an hour and a half before moving over to Martin Stadium for some special teams drills and a brief, sort-of-scrimmage. Details after the jump.

Routine sets in as Day 6 approaches


FROM PULLMAN — After five practices, the routine of camp is starting to set in a bit. For me, anyway. Wake up, eat, go to practice, watch practice, write about practice, write about other things, play Xbox, yell at the television, go to sleep. Oh, and links. Read on.

Cougs mix things up on Day 5


FROM PULLMAN — That headline is what we call a double entendre. Read on.

Almost halfway through the first part


FROM PULLMAN — Today is Day 5 of a 10-day stretch during which Washington State will practice each day. Then they have a day off and a whole bunch of practices after that. We'll be at all of them, as we were yesterday. Links resulted. Read on.

DAY 5 FORECAST — High: 92 degrees, 32 percent humidity (Weather.com)

Another day, another WSU practice


FROM PULLMAN — Another scorcher on the Palouse this afternoon, with Washington State going through its fourth practice of camp — and its final practice before putting on full pads. We were there, as usual, and have some notes and observations after the jump.

Heat, hits highlight Day 3 of Cougs camp


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State added shoulder pads to the mix on Saturday, and went for another three hours under the scorching Pullman sun. Read on for some highlights.

High Marks on Day 2


FROM PULLMAN -- The second day of Washington State's preseason training camp brought some personnel news, as well as the story of a highly touted freshman who's already turning heads. We have links to all of the above after the jump.

DAY 3 FORECAST — High of 89 degrees, 28 percent humidity (Weather.com)

Day 2 in the books at WSU camp


FROM PULLMAN — Another day, another practice in the books on Rogers Field, though this one was a bit warmer than Thursday's camp opener. It was also a big day for one of WSU's incoming freshmen. Read on.

WSU finishes Day 1 of practice


FROM PULLMAN — It was a very business-like day at Rogers Field, with the Cougars getting back into practice mode after a summer of workouts some described as the hardest of their lives. We have some notes for you after the jump.

It begins — fall or not


FROM PULLMAN — So, fall camp is upon us. Even if it's still summer, and won't actually be fall until the Cougars take the field for their fourth game of the season. Oh, well. We have links, regardless.

Mike Leach discusses fall camp, among other things


FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach met with media for about 24 minutes this afternoon, previewing fall camp while also getting a little philosophical about a number of topics. We have a full transcript for you below.

WSU camp position previews, plus links


FROM PULLMAN — We're back on the east side after a quicker-than-usual drive from Seattle yesterday afternoon, gearing up to cover Washington State's first fall camp under coach Mike Leach. He'll meet with the media today at about 1 p.m., but first, we have a quick look at each position heading into camp, along with some other stories you should read.

Programming note


Just a quick blog post to let folks know I'll be joining Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune and Bob Condotta and Bud Withers of the Seattle Times for a college football roundtable discussion Thursday from 1-3 p.m. with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett on KJR 950 AM in Seattle.

You can listen online here.

Wonder who makes what, working for the state? We can show you

To search the updated database of state employees' salaries, click here.

OLYMPIA – The best-paying state jobs in Washington are still in academia, with the very best in athletics.

The annual listing of salaries for all state employees shows once again that the biggest paychecks in 2011 went to staff at either the University of Washington or Washington State University, with the top five going to coaches of the two schools’ football and basketball teams.

Husky football coach Steve Sarkisian tops the list of state employees with an annual salary topping $2.5 million. He also saw the biggest increase from 2010, with an increase of $546,000.

University officials are always quick to point out, however, that salaries for coaches and the other athletic departments’ staffs don’t come out of state tax dollars. They are covered by a combination of ticket sales and broadcast revenues.

UW basketball coach Lorenzo Romar is second, with a little more than $1.2 million. WSU basketball coach Ken Bone, former WSU football coach Paul Wulff and former UW assistant coach Nick Holt round out the top five before the first non-coach, WSU President Elson Floyd shows up on the list at $625,000.

The list represents all payments made to state employees. . .

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WSU, the APR and links


Figured a quick blog post detailing WSU's APR numbers — which were released for all schools yesterday by the NCAA — would be a pertinent way to start your Thursday. So here it is. Read on.

Catching up to WSU’s commitments


There's been quite a bit of news on the recruiting trail during the past 48 hours or so, and as such, we have a quick post for you this morning catching you up to speed. Read on.

Another nice Friday


I really can't think of a better way to end the workweek. I warmed up a cup of Thursday's coffee, opened up the computer and began reading stories from Miami, San Francisco and Seattle about subjects as varied as the NBA Finals, the U.S. Open and the Mariners. Throw in the time I spent reading the S-R this morning and, yep, I can't think of a better way to start my Friday. Read on.

Brophy coach: Bruggman is ‘a man of his word’


Had a chance to speak this afternoon with Brophy Prep coach Scooter Molander about the commitment of quarterback Tyler Bruggman to Washington State. Read on for a partial transcript.

Touted QB commits to Cougars


Several outlets are reporting this afternoon that Brophy Prep (Phoenix) quarterback Tyler Bruggman has given a verbal commitment to play his college ball at Washington State. Read on for more.

A transfer, plus an addition for WSU


Checking back in again this morning with a couple of small, but notable news items on the Washington State football front. Read on.

Look forward or behind; it’s your choice today


Yep, summer's here. Not officially, mind you. That's not for a couple weeks yet. But unofficially, it's summer time in the sporting world. Sure, hockey playoffs are still going on (the only NHL team I've ever seen live is leading the Stanley Cup finals 2-0) and the NBA isn't even to its final series yet, but those two winter/spring sports are on their last legs. What does this all mean to the Inland Northwest sports fan? It means if you want to read about local sports that aren't named baseball or softball, you either have to look back … or ahead. There is little in the way of today in college football or basketball. Read on.

Cougs lose a player, plus links


We check back in this morning with a small bit of news — but news nontheless — regarding a scholarship player leaving the Washington State football team. We also have other collections of words and sentences for you to read. Onward.

WSU links, and the best catch you’ll ever see


It's been a while since we greeted you in the morning, so we'll go ahead and pass along some links today that we thought you might enjoy. Plus some non-WSU video — with a Cougar-related backstory — that is just too incredible not to share. Read on.

A wide range for the morning


It's an eclectic mix we present for you this morning, with links ranging from New Jersey, where former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison had a tryout with the Nets, to Tampa, where the Bucs said goodbye to Kellen Winslow and sent him to the Seahawks. Read on.

Links on a Thursday


FROM PULLMAN — This is why we toil through the winter months out here — it's mid-May, and I'm writing this in the middle of the night with the screen door open and a nice breeze blowing through the apartment. Ahh, summer weather in spring. Read on for some more reading material.