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Spring ball means more snow

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FROM PULLMAN — The sun came out and the sky was blue when the Cougars began spring football practice on Thursday. But the night ended with me scraping snow off my windshield. Yep, it's spring time on the Palouse. Read on for our coverage.

Wrapping up WSU’s first spring practice

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FROM PULLMAN — Our hands are thawed and we've got some notes for you from Washington State's first spring practice under coach Mike Leach.

Video: Mike Leach talks about Day 1

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FROM PULLMAN — We'll be back with more practice notes later, but first wanted to pass along a little video of Mike Leach discussing WSU's first practice of the spring.

Snowed under by Wednesday’s events

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I don't remember many more eventful Wednesday in March around here. There was the Cougars domination of Oregon State in the CBI semifinals – basically without leading scorer Brock Motum. There was 729 blog posts from Christian Caple on SportsLink yesterday. And there was the snowstorm that dumped a few inches on my driveway starting last night. Read on.

All kinds of happenings on the Palouse

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FROM PULLMAN — Lots of buzz around town this morning, for a couple of different reasons. We've got a ton of content to pass along today, so hurry up and read on.

Spring position preview: Specialists

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FROM PULLMAN — Our position previews conclude with a quick look at WSU's specialists.

Spring position preview: Defensive backs

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FROM PULLMAN — Our spring position previews continue with a look at WSU's defensive backfield.

Spring position preview: Linebackers

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FROM PULLMAN — The next in our series of spring position previews takes a look at the linebackers. This could get tricky. Read on.

Spring position preview: Defensive line

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FROM PULLMAN — We continue our spring football position preview with a quick look at the defensive line.

Rain, sleet, snow, whatever — Cougs practice outside

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FROM PULLMAN — Snow is nothing compared to what Mike Leach dealt with during one spring practice in Lubbock.

Spring position preview: Offensive line

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FROM PULLMAN — Our spring position preview continues with a look at WSU's offensive line.

Spring notes from Mike Leach

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FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach met with reporters for about 33 minutes today to discuss the beginning of spring practice on Thursday. Here are some of the highlights, as well as a few personnel notes.

The changing of the seasons

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Not a lot of surprises today. There's no rest for the Washington State men, who had to hustle down to Corvallis on Tuesday for tonight's CBI semifinal against Oregon State. The Gonzaga women, on the other hand, got to catch their breath, with coach Kelly Graves sounding on the radio as if he needed the time just to let his voice return. The Zags will face Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday. Read on.

Hoops, football about to overlap

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FROM PULLMAN — With the basketball team on the road in Corvallis and spring football practice about to begin, it figures that it would snow enough to muck up the roads in Pullman. It has until Thursday to burn off, or else WSU is going to be practicing in the white stuff. Read on, because we have plenty of links.

Basketball is almost over

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Just noticed something. The tree outside my window, the one with the single leaf still attached – it often moves in the wind, catching my eye while I'm trying to write in the morning – is starting to bud. Yep. The second surest sign that spring is coming. The first? Gonzaga's NCAA tournament run is over. That happened yesterday in Pittsburgh. Read on.

Turning an eye toward spring

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FROM PULLMAN — It's technically still basketball season, but with spring football practices starting this week, we turn out focus toward Mike Leach's squad for a moment. Read on for that and some Pac-12 links.

A long, fruitful day of hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I have to admit I didn't see the end of the UNLV/Colorado game last night. Couldn't get to the finish line. Failed. After spending most of the day watching favorite after favorite win, I couldn't stay awake anymore. Heck, it was after 9 for goodness sake. So we hit the sack, only to discover when I arose early this morning the Buffs had blown up that section of my bracket. The darn Pac-12. It destroys me even when it wins. Read on.

Tourney rolls on, WSU prepares for Wyoming

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FROM PULLMAN — So, after one day, it's been made obvious once again that my propensity to pick underdogs in the NCAA tournament will continue to inhibit my success in any bracket pools I enter. Oh well. Tomorrow (or today) is another day, right? We have a bit of WSU news, plus some Pac-12 links.

Just sit down and enjoy the day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's finally here. The first (real) day of the NCAA basketball tournament. The basketball junkie's Christmas. It all starts at a little after 9 in the morning here on the West Coast and continues until your eyes close – or they explode – sometime late this evening. Read on.

A question on another good day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Yesterday was a good day. After eating lunch with a bunch of folks and talking sports, got to go on the radio and talk sports for three hours. Then, en route to the Spokane Valley to cover a high school basketball game, got to listen to Bud Nameck and the first part of the Cougar game. After writing, headed home and got to listen to Tom Hudson, Matt Santangelo and the end of the Zag game. Yep, this retired thingee is cool. Read on.

Well, got that one wrong

A GRIP ON SPORTS

OK, I'll admit it. I picked St. Mary's to win last night. When asked my choice on the Patchin, Lukens and Osso radio show (featuring Vince Grippi), I went with the Gaels. What was I thinking? Well, read on and I'll tell you.

Gameday links from Corvallis

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FROM CORVALLIS — It was a long day of travel on Wednesday, but we're safely in Corvallis and have our usual morning post for you. Read on.

Times change but complaining doesn’t

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For the first time in quite a while, we're suffering through a tough Internet day. It's tough to connect with sites, it's tough to tweet, it's just tough to do anything. And we know it's our problem because it's intermittent. So we're working on it while we type – and by working on it, we mean we're ignoring it for now hoping it will fix itself. Read on.

A busier Wednesday on the Palouse

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FROM PULLMAN — There was some more news here yesterday, from C.J. Mizell's dismissal to Ken Bone's teleconference. That — and our usual Pac-12  roundup — after the jump.

Take a breath; the rest of the week is better

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Today is not what you would call a compelling sports day. Really. Caught in the malaise that is post Super Bowl week, the sporting world took 24 hours to catch its breath. Sort of. Read on.

This day is perfect

A GRIP ON SPORTS

When I awoke this morning, something felt different. No, the knees still hurt. And the waistline hadn't shrunk. But something was strange. Was the sun actually brighter? Were the birds really chirping louder? Did the air seem fresher? Yes. It is Super Bowl Sunday, when a Disney-like aura surrounds everyone in the world. I almost broke into song. Read on.

There’s a shadow on local hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS

So we are supposed to have six more weeks of winter, right? Well if it's anything like the preceding six weeks, I'm fine with that. Other than a couple days, this has been an easy winter to navigate in the Inland Northwest. Now for the basketball around the area, that hasn't been as warm. Read on.

Highlights of Mike Leach’s press conference

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FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach spoke about his recruiting class for roughly 51 minutes on Wednesday. And while we didn't transcribe the entire thing, we did come close. The result is posted below for your perusal.

Signing day revs up local schools’ fans

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Last year I trekked up U.S. 195 to Northern Quest Casino for Washington State's signing day get-together. This year all I had to do was drive from home. But there was a lot more that was different to the event than just a much shorter drive. Read on.

Links on the day after the big day

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FROM PULLMAN — Boy, do we have some links for you. Lots of them. Links for days and miles. So many that we've broken today's post into three parts. Read on for both of them.