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Thursday morning links

From Pullman — The Washington State football team had a frigid practice on Wednesday and Eric Russell shared his thoughts on some special teams struggles … The Cougars got some good grades this week … WSU's Elliott Bosch was nominated for a postseason honor … Jim Meehan has a story on a pair of old rivals that will compete yet again when the Cougars take on Gonzaga tomorrow … A former walk-on will suit up at quarterback for Utah on Saturday … If he goes down, the Utes may have to take drastic measures … Coach Mike Leach and Kyle Whittingham go way back … People are saying good things about Leach.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — We'll be hosting a live chat right here on SportsLink at 11 a.m., so clear that schedule! In fact, you better take the whole day off, because you won't get anything done anyways once you start getting into these links.

Here at the S-R we've got our usual Wednesday Pac-12 Notebook … The Cougars took to the practice field on Tuesday (as they so often do) and we've got a report highlighting some changes we saw on defense … The bowl situation is a little hairy this year. We break it down, and explain why a 6-6 record may not be enough to ensure the Cougars is gone for the Holidays … Neil Stover and I had so much fun watching the coaches and players at WSU's Monday presser that we figured we'd do a little talking as well … These are no ordinary rankings, they're POWER RANKINGS …

In other WSU news, an offensive line recruit has changed his mind about becoming a Cougar. Britton Ransford has the scoop and CougCenter has a free story  …  Utah, the Cougars' opponent on Saturday, has faced its share of challenges this year … Maybe a move to the Pac-12 was a little more difficult than the Utes anticipated.

“Those who stay will get more links, after the jump.”

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Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Cougars are trying to put together a winning streak for the first time in over a month, and are likely to do so according to vegasinsider.com, which has WSU listed as a one point favorite over Utah. Coming off their third road win of the season, the Cougars are searching for their sixth win and a shot at a bowl game. They won't have to face starting quarterback Travis Wilson, who may have to retire from football following the discovery of a head condition … The Utes have gone through some tough times this s eason … Mike Leach and select WSU players held their weekly Monday press conference and we've got video and a transcript … Washington State's seniors are hoping to leave an enduring legacy with their final home game … Leach's contract will roll along into 2018 … 

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Cougars are one win away from a bowl, though you wouldn't know it to ask them … Deone “Big Play” Bucannon is looking at a big payday … The Wildcats suffer from an inability to get off the field on third down … Spokane native Tia Presley scored 29 points in a win over Ole Miss … Saturday's football game turned into a duel between two Floridian wide receivers … No. 98 has special meaning at WSU.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Tucson — For those diehards fans who consider a win for their favored team to just a smidge better than a loss by their rivals this weekend is already a success as the hated Huskies lost both the game and their quarterback … UCLA's star freshman continued to dominate on both sides of the ball … But the Cougars can complete the double whammy with a win today, and there's plenty of reasons to think they can … Their opponent will be looking to jump out to an early lead … Four keys to a Cougars victory … The women's soccer team is hosting an NCAA tournament game today and baseball coach Donnie Marbut implores fans to turn out … The Cougars have received Tramaine Isabell's letter of intent …WSU will be hosting a coach with a famous last name in its nighttime affair.

DON'T FORGET: We'll be hosting a live WSU football chat an hour before kickoff on SportsLink.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Cougars are on their way to sunny Tucson, to take on Arizona. The weather websites are anticipating a high of 75 degrees when WSU takes on the Wildcats for just the first time since 2010, when Deone Bucannon was a fresh-faced freshman … While it's not official until the school has the letter of intent in hand, it's highly likely that there's a new addition to the WSU basketball program … The women's soccer team is about to take on Illinois in the NCAA tournament and the first 500 students with a Cougar card can get in free … Arizona's student newspaper takes a look at six potential outcomes of Saturday's game … The Wildcats could be susceptible to some big plays from the WSU offense … Coach Mike Leach clarifies reports that he called the Big 12 commissioner during halftime of a game.

Don't forget that we'll be having a live WSU football chat an hour before Saturday's game.

More links after the jump.

 

Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The first day of college basketball's early signing period came and went without any news for the Cougars, but fear not. Tramaine Isabell out of Garfield high school in Seattle is expected to sign with WSU today, and we'll make sure to update you if and when he does … The women's basketball team  inked an impressive recruiting class yesterday … SPOILER ALERT: If you can't wait to find out how this week's Pac-12 football games will turn out, then follow this link for a glimpse into the future … But we can't tell you what Arizona's offense will look like this weekend. Heck, even they probably don't know … More proof that the Cougars are about to take on one of the best running backs in the country.

More links after these messages.

Pac-12 Power Rankings, week 12

The king is dead, long live the king! Thanks to Stanford’s 26-20 victory over Oregon there is a new team atop these rankings for the first time since I started doing this, six long weeks ago. Yes the Ducks have finally fallen from their perch and, who knows, there’s no guarantee they’ll be ranked No. 2 this week. Maybe Oregon deserves a couple weeks slumming with the teams that don’t need a personal stylist to help them manage their game-day wardrobes.

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The offense had some issues in WSU's practice last night … There's a new top team in the conference … But Oregon isn't going to start adapting to Stanford's style …Pac-12 coaches are becoming less conservative in their play-calling … The Cougars' opponent is having a hard time getting over its last loss.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — It's been awhile since we've a regular schedule so let's recap. Yesterday was Monday, meaning there was Washington State football press conference, videos from which can be found on SportsLink. Like this one of coach Mike Leach … We also have a story on a freshman receiver who's filling some big shoes … And a First Look at the Cougars' opponent this weekend … In case you missed it, the WSU women's soccer team is hosting a NCAA Championship tournament game for the first time in more than a decade … It's not too late for the football team to join them in the postseason.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Most college football teams have played two games since Washington State last took the field, thanks to a Thursday game followed by a bye week. But it's finally game week once again for the Cougars, who travel to the desert to take on Arizona at 11 a.m. on Saturday … It's not all good news for WSU, however, as a highly-touted high school prospect has decided that maybe he won't be a Cougar after all … Bud Withers says it's time for the Pac-12 to start keeping tabs on injuries … I'm a couple days late but don't miss this column from John Blanchette. 

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Sunday morning links

From Pullman — Lots of great story lines out of yesterday's action, with ASU narrowly avoiding an upset to keep command of the Pac-12 South. While Washington State didn't play because of their bye week, it was still a Saturday chock-full of west-coast college football, one in which just a single home team wonUtah coll. Check out our links from those games after the jump.

Saturday morning links

From Pullman — Many of my fondest memories of growing up in Olympia include the basketball gym at the Evergreen State College. My AAU team had practices and occasionally tournaments there and you could always find a pickup game on weekdays in the late afternoon. Geoducks games were always a lot of fun, and occasionally they'd get a real stud, someone who could be playing D-I ball like Quincy Wilder or Nate Menefee. For just a few bucks you could watch the game until you were bored, and then head into the back gym to play against other kids with the same idea. When water damage made the Capital High School gym unusable my senior season, we practiced and played at TESC until everything was fixed up.

None of that is relevant, except to provide context for just how bemused I was to find out that Utah, a Pac-12 school, played a regular season game against the Geoducks today. The result was pretty much what one one would expect against a team that battles community colleges for recruits. It's especially curious considering that the Utes played their exhibition game against St. Martin's University, an NCAA Division-II team and the local rival of TESC, which plays in the second division of the NAIA.

The men's basketball team at Washington State University had its home opener today, narrowly beating Cal State Bakersfield.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Friday morning links

From Pullman — Men's college basketball returns to Washington State University tonight … The Cougars are expecting a lot from their well-traveled forward … Five goals the team must meet to be successful in 2013-14 … Meanwhile, the football team is back at it … The Cougars signed a speedy running back.

More links after the jump.

Thursday morning links

From Pullman — Good morning. The Cougars return to practice today so look for a story in tomorrow's paper … In the meantime, divert yourself with our Pac-12 picks … Are WSU players thinking too much?

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Well, another election day has come and gone. Congratulations/I'm sorry that your favorite candidate did so well/poorly. Speaking of tight races, the Pac-12 South is too close to call … Hopefully this poll is accurate … Alright, no more bad puns. Let's get to those links.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Cougars are still off and won't practice again until Thursday. In the meantime, we'll be having our live WSU chat tomorrow at 11 a.m., and here are some links.

Athletic director Bill Moos has some advice for antsy fans … The Cougars will have their earliest kickoff of the season at Arizona … CougCenter takes a look back at the loss to ASU.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Monday morning links

From Pullman — Today will be another Monday without a WSU football press conference. Thanks to the bye week there won't be as much access as usual while the team takes some time off, but we'll still be having our weekly Wednesday WSU football chat. In the meantime, peruse our unit grades check out what's going on in the Pac-12.

But do not click the upcoming link. You're not going to like it. OK, I warned you.

Saturday morning links

From Pullman — Take a deep breath, make another pot of coffee. This is just the second out of three straight Saturdays you must endure without a Washington State University football game. I know, it's hard on me too. What to do with your Saturday? There are a few good games on this weekend (OK, just the Florida State-Miami game) or perhaps it's time to take a break. Instead of football, watch birds. Read a book rather than a box score. Or, if you're like me, there's nothing you'd rather do with your weekend than devour all the Pac-12 news you can find. But don't be too ravenous; you might get a tummy ache.

Come, friend. Links await after the jump.

Friday morning links

From Pullman — By the time the Cougars came out for warmups the Sun Devils had already scored three touchdowns. Ok, not really, but that's how it seemed as Arizona State shot out to an early lead and never looked back in a 55-21 thrashing of Washington State … It wasn't a good showing for WSU on national TV … The new money coming from the Pac-12's TV deal is great. The late starts? Not so muchNot everyone enjoyed WSU's Halloween promotion.

Follow the jump to find out what the Pac-12 teams that weren't playing a Thursday night game were up to.

Hallow’s Eve links

From Pullman — Happy Halloween and game day all rolled into one. Washington State's football team will take on Arizona State tonight …  But what can the Cougars do to ensure a victory? … Our predictions for that and the rest of the Pac-12 games this weekend can be found here … Tyler Lockman of Fox Sports Arizona asked me five questions about the game. So I gave him five answers … Deone Bucannon's WSU career is ending with a bang … The Sun Devils are out to prove they can win away from home.

More links after the jump.

Wednesday Morning Links

From Pullman — The Cougars had their Thursday Night Football scrimmage on Tuesday, due to the accelerated schedule caused by Thursday's Halloween football game … Washington State will get a little help from the weather … There weren't any surprises in the Pac-12 last weekend, and our Power Rankings didn't change much.

More links after the jump.

Tuesday Morning Links

From Pullman — Finally some semblance of order as the Pac-12 coaches teleconference will take place on Tuesday, today, just like always. We'll also have our weekly Wednesday WSU football chat tomorrow at 11 a.m., so keep an eye out for that. The Cougars are just two short days away from taking on Arizona State and, like Simba, they'll need to put the past behind them … Safety Deone Bucannon is a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe award … Their opponent is impressed by the Cougars' character …The Sun Devils are led by an assistant coach who is no stranger to WSU.

More links after the jump.

Monday Morning Links

From Pullman — The Cougars had their typical Monday press conference on Thursday of last week, so there won't be any new news or video from today … We've got a story in the S-R about how the Washington State basketball team is already feeling the impact of the NCAA's new rules … As well as a first look at the ASU-WSU football game … The Cougars may have been off last weekend but their flag wasn't … WSU will face a Top-25 opponent on Thursday, although just barely … The Sun Devils took a recruit from USC last weekend.

Links from around the conference will be your everlasting reward if you continue reading.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Cougars took Saturday off from practice while the rest of the conference took the field. Continue reading for the fallout from another Saturday full of Pac-12 football.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman—Fans of the Washington State football team can enjoy a stress-free Saturday for the first time this season, as the Cougars rest up with a bye. But outside of Pullman the world maintains its busy schedule, an infinite story lines will play out in Pac-12 stadiums just a few short hours from now.

Morning links, and a new recruit

From Pullman—Kind of a hectic day for Washington State football recruiting. While one committed player may no longer have the option of enrolling at WSU, the Cougars also received a commitment from a defensive lineman on Wednesday as reported by Scout.com. The player, Sacramento's Feaomoengalu Tapa,becomes the 15th known player to verbally indicate their intent to sign with WSU in February.

Elsewhere around the conference …

Pac-12 power rankings: Week 9

Chaos and disarray reign supreme in the “Conference of Champions.” Utah beats Stanford, Arizona beats Utah. Cats and birds living together in perfect harmony. Is nothing sacred? For those of us who bristle at the idea of change and want our porridge to taste exactly the same every morning there is always old reliable Oregon to take solace in. Actually, Cal is pretty reliable as well. Everything in between, however, is a lawless anarchy. Bring order to your universe with our power rankings for week 9.

Wednesday Morning Links

The Pac-12 conference is having a very good year … But who is best? More importantly, who is the second best? Third? … There's going to be fancy, new hotel soon in Pullman … WSU Athletics has a spotlight on kicker Andrew Furney … The effects of ASU's controversial win over Wisconsin are still being felt … A Sun Devil specialist received an honor for his work against Washington.

More from around the conference after the jump.

Tuesday morning links

From Pullman—Following a hectic week both in the Pac-12 and around the country, the Pac-12 has made a clear case for the arugment that it is the nation's deepest conference. However, according a Las Vegas insider says that its the toughest at the top as well.

The saga of Oregon assistant Nick Aliotti — who made disparaging remarks about WSU coach Mike Leach following UO's 62-38 victory — continues. Aliotti made a public apology, to which Leach responded. WSU athletic director Bill Moos had some remarks as well. In the end, Aliotti was fined by the conference despite the apology. Was Aliotti's greatest strength his downfall?

The Cougars won't practice until Thursday with a bye game this weekend … Norman Chad has a third installment of his Couch Slouch series … Has Vince Mayle become a real weapon for Leach's offense?