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Same old practice, but new notes


FROM PULLMAN — Thursday practices are downright routine around here — especially with WSU preparing for its 11th game of the season — so there really isn't much to report from a news standpoint. But since we weren't able to pass along anything from our conversation with offensive line coach Clay McGuire last night — basketball duties and all — you can read it here now.

A packed Thursday morning


FROM PULLMAN — With football practice, a live chat, early signing day and a basketball game last night, there were a few things to write about. And now there are a few things to read about. So go ahead and read on.

Basketball season carries on


FROM PULLMAN — It's midweek for WSU's football team. It's gameday for the men's basketball game. And for us? Just another Wednesday. Read on.

Tuel to start, other WSU notes


FROM PULLMAN — Most probably assumed this would be the case, but it appears Washington State will start Jeff Tuel at quarterback again this week. That's what coach Mike Leach said after Tuesday's practice. He also said other things. Read on.

As Pullman turns


FROM PULLMAN — Might make for some riveting midafternoon television, no? The drama continues here on the Palouse, where the first considerable snowfall of the season greeted us yesterday morning. And today, who knows? Read on.

Mondays with Mike Leach


FROM PULLMAN — Here's a transcript of some of Mike Leach's comments at his Monday press conference.

Monday brings WSU links


FROM PULLMAN — It's never dull around here these days, and this afternoon figures to be no exception. Mike Leach, as usual, meets with the media later today, along with three WSU players. First, we have links to start your week. Read on.

Leach ‘not concerned’ about investigation


FROM PULLMAN — It was another cold one on the Palouse, with the WSU football team practicing for about an hour before playing a little dodgeball to finish things off. But Mike Leach did address the school's investigation into Marquess Wilson's statement, so read on.

WSU, Pac-12 will investigate Marquess Wilson claims


FROM PULLMAN — In a statement released this morning, WSU president Elson Floyd announced he has asked the school's athletic department, as well as the Pac-12, to independently investigate Marquess Wilson's claims of abuse by the coaching staff.

Here is the statement:

"After consultation with WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos, I have asked our athletic department to fully review recent allegations raised concerning the football program and report their findings and conclusions as soon as possible. Simultaneously, I have asked the Pac-12 to independently do the same. Together, both reports should get to the bottom of the matter."

For more on Wilson, click here.

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

Links after UCLA


FROM PULLMAN — Lots to get to. So let's get right to it. Read on.

Tale of the tape: UCLA 44, WSU 36


FROM PULLMAN — We'll keep this quick because it's late, but here we go with our capsulated look at UCLA's 44-36 win over WSU. Read on.

Mike Leach mum on Wilson, but praises WSU effort


FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach didn't want to discuss Marquess Wilson on Saturday night, but he termed his team's effort one of the best he's seen as a coach despite UCLA winning 46-38. We have a transcript of Leach's comments below, so read on.

Gameday all around for Cougs


FROM PULLMAN — There's so much going on today that we won't be able to witness it all in person, but that doesn't mean we can't offer an adequate preview of the weekend. I think. Read on.

WSU links: Another commitment for the Cougs


FROM PULLMAN — As we fight off a cold, we also prepare to fight off the cold weather that's fallen over the Palouse in the last 24 hours. Friday's links bring news of a possible new Cougar, so read on.

A snowy WSU Thursday


FROM PULLMAN — Last week I was marveling at how warm it  was for November. Today, multiple pairs of pants were necessary. Read on for some notes from WSU's chilly, snow-covered practice.

Is it Thursday already?


FROM PULLMAN — Gameday never feels as close as it does on Thursday morning, especially when much of this week has been spent talking about a game that's already been played. Well, today we turn our attention toward UCLA. Read on.

WSU notes: Moos says he’s met with Wilson


FROM PULLMAN — We have our usual notes and quotes from WSU's practice Wednesday night, but first, we'll address the latest in the Marquess Wilson situation. Read on.

Live chat, football, basketball on a Wednesday


FROM PULLMAN — It was a full Tuesday, with plenty to discuss on both the football and basketball fronts. We'll discuss some more in our weekly live chat this afternoon. Read on.

Simmons ‘at a loss’ in Wilson situation


FROM PULLMAN — With basketball duties out of the way, we'll pass along today's comments from outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons, who gave an emotional description of his relationship with his players while answering questions about Marquess Wilson. Read on.

Anything to talk about today?


FROM PULLMAN — A silly question, we know. It's very late and we've been up quite a while, so let's just dive into day's links. Read  on.

Full transcript of Mike Leach on Monday


FROM PULLMAN — Apologies for getting this posted so late, but other responsibilities occupied our time earlier in the day. Anyway, here's the transcript of Mike Leach's press conference today, with player videos following.

Leach doesn’t know if Wilson has quit


FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach met with reporters for nearly 30 minutes today during a press conference that grew contentious at times and enlightening at others. But the primary news value is that Leach said he doesn't know whether suspended receiver Marquess Wilson has left the team, or whether he can return to it after serving his suspension. Read on.

WSU receiver Marquess Wilson suspended


FROM PULLMAN — After reportedly walking out of a conditioning workout last night, WSU receiver Marquess Wilson has been suspended, a school spokesperson said. Read on.

Starting another week with WSU


FROM PULLMAN — We're back on the Palouse, where WSU said that it canceled its scheduled Sunday practice — but it appears that it did indeed work out — and will take its usual day-off today. Coach Mike Leach and three players will meet with the media later today. And tomorrow, the basketball team plays its exhibition game against Saint Martin's. So lots to get to this week. We'll start with links. Read on.

Assessing the damage on the morning after Utah


FROM SALT LAKE CITY — I'm boarding a couple flights later today and will arrive in Spokane later this afternoon, then make the drive to Pullman, then attend what all of a sudden looks like it should be a pretty interesting practice. Read on for links from yesterday's proceedings.

Tale of the tape: Utah 49, WSU 6


FROM SALT LAKE CITY — We've all been there.

You're sitting in a class of, say, 15 or 20 people, one of those face-to-face settings where the teacher knows everyone's name. They're asking about last night's reading assignment, or something just discussed in class.

They're calling on kids to answer questions. But you don't know the answer. So you do everything you can to avoid eye contact and pray you don't get called on.

That's what Saturday's postgame interview session felt like, as coach Mike Leach made his offensive and defensive lines, as individual units, sit on a podium and answer questions from reporters.

It's not that any of them were trying to duck responsibility or avoid questions, necessarily. They answered each question that was asked, which couldn't have been easy. But it had a very juvenile feel to it, as if the players had been caught doing something they shouldn't have.

Yeah, things got a little strange after this 49-6 loss at Utah. We recap the game, whether you want to or not, in our weekly tale of the tape. Read on.

Mike Leach rips WSU’s effort


FROM SALT LAKE CITY — Here is the full transcript of WSU coach Mike Leach's comments after the Cougars were beaten 49-6 by Utah here today.