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Leach speaks, other WSU notes


FROM PULLMAN — Now that the season has started, it seems we're going to see shorter practices, as coach Mike Leach is want to do once games are played. So the Cougars practiced for about an hour and a half on Sunday, and we have plenty of notes to pass along from the session.

A Mike Leach history lesson


FROM PULLMAN — If you were surprised that Washington State failed to score a touchdown against Brigham Young on Thursday, you weren't alone.

And you weren't the first to feel that way, either. Just imagine how Texas Tech fans must have reacted in 2006, when their Mike Leach-led Red Raiders were held without a touchdown in a 12-3 loss to TCU in the third week of the season.

So upset with his team's effort was Leach that he told reporters after the game:

"That was the sorriest offensive effort that I have ever seen,'' said Leach, who questioned his players' toughness while adding that he and his staff were out-coached. "Today I coached the worst offense in America, which makes me the worst offensive coach in America. There's going to be some changes, because I'm not going to sit here and watch this stuff.''


Relax on this Saturday


FROM PULLMAN — It doesn't feel like Saturday, but it is. Doesn't feel like there's a full slate of college football games today, either, but there are. Even rarer? We get to watch most of them. Read on for all the links you need in that regard.

Cougs bounce back with brief, spirited practice


FROM PULLMAN — There is no rest for the weary, or for Washington State, which might have fit that description last night in Provo. But Friday? The Cougars seemed relatively upbeat in their brief, evening practice tonight. Read on for some more notes.

WSU, BYU quotes


FROM PROVO, UTAH — They're limited, but we do have some postgame quotes from both teams to pass along for you. Read on.

Pregame thoughts from Provo


FROM PROVO, UTAH — It's the calm before the storm here at LaVell Edwards Stadium. As we parked across the street, attendants were blocking off roads and barricading parking lots in preparation for the 60,000-plus who are expected here today to watch Brigham Young and Washington State begin their seasons. We've written just about as much pre-game content about this matchup as most folks can handle, but we do have a few more thoughts after the jump.

Practice is in the past for WSU


FROM PULLMAN — The next time Washington State players pull on their pads, they'll be inside LaVell Edwards Stadium, preparing for the most-anticipated season-opener of the modern era at WSU. On Tuesday, they went through final on-field preparations in Pullman. Some notes after the jump.


Mike Leach on Pac-12 coaches call


FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach made his first appearance on the weekly Pac-12 coaches call today. We have a summary of his comments below. Read on.

Two days ‘til kickoff


FROM PULLMAN — It's crunch time. And I'm not just talking about the cheesy gordita crunch I ordered at Taco Bell last night. OK, I am. Mmm. Taco Bell. Anyway, keep reading for more words.

Andrew Furney, and game-week links on a Monday


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State will practice twice more here before departing for Provo on Wednesday. That means only three more morning posts for you to read before we hop on an airplane ourselves and matriculate down to Utah. Read on.

Cougars preparing for Cougars


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State practiced for a little more than two hours today, continuing preparations for Brigham Young. They spent the entire session on Rogers Field for the first time in a few days. We watched and have some notes.

Game week starts today


FROM PULLMAN — Going by Mike Leach Time, it's actually Tuesday morning. And with Washington State returning to the practice field this afternoon to continue its preparation for Brigham Young, we can safely say that game week is upon us. Read on.

Mike Leach discusses starting QB, other things


FROM PULLMAN — As promised, here's the second half of the transcript from Mike Leach's Saturday press conference. He said again that if the season started today, Jeff Tuel would be the starting quarterback, which should not come as any kind of surprise. He also expanded quite a bit on how former BYU coach LaVell Edwards influenced him.

Mike Leach speaks


FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach spoke about a wide array of topics this afternoon during the first of his weekly conference calls. It went for about 33 minutes, so we'll post the first half of his transcript now and pass the rest along later.

Notes from an evening practice


FROM PULLMAN — It might be Friday in the real world, but it's Sunday for the Washington Statae football team. That meant a light, slightly-more-than-an-hour practice at Martin Stadium. And for the first time since practice began, I wore jeans instead of shorts. That and other pressing matters after the jump.

A touring Friday, preceded by links


FROM PULLMAN — Later this afternoon, we're joining a media contingent on a tour of the renovated press box/premium seating structure at Martin Stadium you may have heard something about. We'll pass along plenty from that, but first, there are links to read.

Cougars get some players back


FROM PULLMAN — It was a bit of a hectic afternoon for yours truly. A meeting with athletic director Bill Moos took my attention away from practice for 15 minutes or so, but we do have some notes from the rest of it. Read on.

All quiet on the Pullman front


FROM PULLMAN — There won't be a practice report today for a couple of reasons.

The first is that the Washington State football team simply didn't do much on Wednesday, conducting a brief walk-through — similar to what they will do each Friday during a typical game week.

The second reason is, simply, we missed it. The walk-through occurred an hour prior to the time listed on the practice schedule, and due to some miscommunication, media was not notified. But rest assured that there wasn't a whole lot to see, anyway.

We do have a bit of news to pass along. WSU added the names of four walk-ons to its roster, including: WR Tyler Baker (Bullard, Texas/Ole Miss), DB Beau Glover (Gig Harbor, Wash.), LB David Johnson (Lakewood, Wash.) and WR Michael Newman (Cle Elum, Wash.).

That's all for now.

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

Live chat, links on a Wednesday


FROM PULLMAN — It's Wednesday, which means we're holding another live chat at 1 p.m. on this here blog. Join us then, and join us now for your daily dose of links.

It’s Thursday on Tuesday for WSU


FROM PULLMAN — It's Tuesday night, but Washington State conducted its football practice as if it were a Thursday. That meant plenty of reps for the younger players. Read on.

WSU bounces back from sloppiness


FROM PULLMAN — The practices are getting shorter now for Washington State, as coach Mike Leach said they would once they start wrapping up camp. Read on for a few notes.

School starts, football continues


FROM PULLMAN — For the first time this preseason, the Cougars have some classes to attend before they can head over to Rogers Field for football practice. Yes, it's the first day of classes at WSU, which means practices will start at 3:30 this week. Read on.

Mike Leach not pleased with effort on Day 16


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State's practices are officially closed to spectators and media, though we are still able to watch from the library above Rogers Field. And Sunday's practice had a frustrating feel to it, as far as Mike Leach was concerned. Read on.

A Saturday off, but not from links


FROM PULLMAN — Today marks the second off-day for the Washington State football team so far this preseason. But, as usual, there are stories for the reading. Read on, and such.

Cougars loose, energetic under the lights


FROM PULLMAN — Here's how you know everyone is in a good mood at a football practice: when it ends with offensive and defense linemen catching punts. Washington State practiced for roughly an hour on Friday night in Martin Stadium, its final open practice of the season.

Privacy awaits Cougars


FROM PULLMAN — Tonight's practice, which begins at 8:15 p.m., will be the last of camp that will include player interviews. As of Sunday, practices will be closed — to fans and to the media. We'll be there, as usual, but first, here are some words.

Cougs scrimmage for a bit on Day 14


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State held its 14th practice of camp in Martin Stadium on Thursday. The reason? A scrimmage of about 36 or so plays, complete with officials and some pumped-in crowd music. Read on for some details.

Thursday links aren’t perfect, but Felix was


FROM PULLMAN — We'll start today's morning post with a personal thank you to whatever it was that influenced Mike Leach to hold a morning practice yesterday. Because of the 9:15 a.m. start, we were able to watch Felix Hernandez do what only 22 others have done before him — and none of them Mariners. Read on for links and such.

More of the same on Day 13


FROM PULLMAN — We've written before about routine, and how that kind of feeling starts to set in during preseason camp. Well, that's how Wednesday's practice felt, with the exception being that it was held at 9:15 a.m. We were there, and have notes.