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Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Tomorrow high school football stars all across the country will fax in letters of intent to play college football and with that in mind we've got a story on a kid who plans to travel all the way from Florida to run Mike Leach's Air Raid offense. Make sure to check in on SportsLink for our Signing Day coverage. We'll have a blog post that I'll update as signees are confirmed, and I'll keep a live chat running to answer all your questions.

As for today we've also got a blog post up on a trainer who DaVonte Lacy credits with his (relatively) quick recovery.

Recruiting season is reaching a fever pitch. One of the state's top players decided to play for Washington, although he doesn't seem all that thrilled about it … At least he won't have to deal with any sanctions from the Tosh Lupoi investigation … The Pac-12 was well represented in the Super Bowl …  It's official: the Wildcats are no longer No. 1.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Obviously the Seahawks dominant Super Bowl win dominated the news on Sunday but we've still got a few links to pass along.

The WSU flag made an appearance at the Super Bowl … Jeff Nusser takes a look at the Cougars defensive line recruiting … Arizona's loss to Cal gets even worse as the Wildcats find out that a key player is out for the year … The WSU women fell just short at UCLA … Oregon State beat UCLA in the day's only Pac-12 men's game.

Thanks for reading, if you need me I'll be in the infirmary. Vince and I had a row.

Super Bowl Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The big sports weekend has been perfect so far for Washington State fans with the Cougars beating the Washington Huskies on Saturday afternoon. We've got our game recap and post game videos of coach Ken Bone as well as D.J. Shelton and DaVonte Lacy. Shelton played magnificently, collecting 18 rebounds to go with his 20 points and Lacy finally returned from his rib injury to chip in 10 points in the second half.

The biggest Pac-12 news on Saturday was that after some close calls lately No. 1 Arizona was finally toppled by Cal. Utah remains winless on the road after falling to Colorado in overtime, Stanford beat Arizona State,  and USC could not keep pace with WSU's win, falling to Oregon to take sole possession of last place in the conference.

Enjoy the Super Bowl everyone and stay safe. If you need a ride you can always tweet at Vince.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — A big day in Pac-12 basketball awaits, including the first matchup between Washington State and Washington. We've got our advance on the game, and here are two more from the UW perspective … USC and Oregon each seek a rare win … Colorado and Utah will add to their burgeoning rivalry … Arizona State hopes to rebound well against Stanford's talented forwards … Cal guard Justin Cobbs will need to make his layups for the Golden Bears to beat Arizona … John Blanchette has a column from the Super Bowl … WSU's women resumed their winning ways.

Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — There is a new coach on the Palouse, his name is Steve Nugent and he's taking over the Washington State soccer program … The Pac-12 is full of talented freshmen in men's basketball, and we take a look at some of the best … WSU's players are tired of people calling for their coach's head … Mark Sandritter takes a look at WSU's running back depth and recruiting.

Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — It's Thursday and that means its time for our weekly 4 Corners look at Washington State's upcoming game  and notebook of the local college basketball teams. We've even got a blog post examining why one WSU starter doesn't seem to be getting starter minutes.

There were a couple Pac-12 games on Wednesday. Cal's free-fall from the top of the conference continued with a loss to Arizona State and Arizona narrowly avoided an upset by Stanford. Bud Withers of the Seattle Times takes a look at what else is happening in the conference in Pac-12 Confidential.

 

 

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Washington State Cougars could really use a win on Saturday, both for team morale and to keep fans interested. With that in mind, it would perfect game for WSU to regain the services of leading scorer DaVonte Lacy. Yesterday coach Ken Bone said that is a real possibility, although Lacy obviously wouldn't be able to maintain his workload from earlier this season when he averaged over 30 minutes per game.

Links are after the jump.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The NCAA is a sharp organization. It doesn't want football-centric athletic departments to get around the 85 scholarship limit imposed on football programs by stashing promising quarterbacks on other teams. NCAA Bylaw 15.5.9.1 states that any athlete who receives financial aid as an athlete and practices with the football team shall be counted as a football player, even if they were not originally recruited to play football.

 A star running back can't be given a track scholarship, for example, nor could Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston get a scholarship for his exploits on the baseball diamond. That means that even though WSU's newest football recruit, Jalen Canty, plans on playing basketball, he'll count against the football team's scholarship limit.

Links are after the jump.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Well, one team finally got back in the winning column. But it wasn't Washington State, which fell, 71-44, to Oregon on Sunday. Here is our recap from that game and a video of coach Ken Bone and some players talking after the loss … There was good news for Cougars fans, however, in the form Barry Ware's decision to don the Crimson and Gray next season … Speaking of recruits, make sure to check out Bud Withers' look at the WSU recruiting class.

More links after the jump.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Oregon is coming to town to face the Cougars and hoping to end a five-game losing streak. We've got an advance on the game and took a look at the Ducks on the blog … The Washington State Indoor Track & Field team did very well in Idaho over the weekend … WSU safety Deone Bucannon played in the Senior Bowl, making three tackles. Bucannon also came in No. 16 in ESPN's list of the Pac-12 top 25 players in 2013.

In Saturday's Pac-12 action the Huskies stormed back to beat Oregon State while Colorado's struggles continued in a loss to Arizona State. Tomorrow Utah will get its shot at No. 1 Arizona, UCLA will rely on Tony Parker when it takes on Cal and UCS will look to continue its positive momentum against Stanford.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — These Wednesday-Sunday basketball splits sure are different, aren't they? While the players seem to like the extra recovery time, it makes for a long wait between games. To pass the time, listen to WSU athletic Director Bill Moos' podcast … While basketball season is starting to  heat up, baseball season is getting closer.

More links, after the jump.

Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — In yesterday's paper we had a story about how some of the NCAA's rule changes have affected men's basketball this season, and we followed that up with a blog post detailing just how many more free throws Pac-12 teams are attempting this season. We also put up the second and final installation of our Recruiting Q&A.

Some WSU alumni have been making news lately with Klay Thompson getting picked to the USA Basketball national roster pool while Deone Bucannon continues to impress in Senior Bowl practices.

More links, after the jump.

Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Washington State was unable to pick up a win at home on Wednesday, falling to Oregon State, 66-55. Here is our game story from the loss, as well as post game video of D.J. Shelton and Que Johnson, as well as coach Ken Bone. We've also got the game's box score, our weekly Four Corners look at the Cougars, and a story on the diminishing value of forwards that are long on hustle but short on height … On the football side, Braulio Perez of Cougfan.com and Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com were kind enough to join me for a Recruiting Q&A (stay tuned for Part 2 today).

More links after the jump.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — It's the start of another week in Pac-12 basketball, and we took a look at how the conference is shaping up in our power rankings … With just a couple weeks to go until football recruits sign their letters of intent things are starting to heat up … Yesterday, a Washington State kicking recruit announced he intends to play at Washington instead … WSU's Deone Bucannon is already making an impression at the Senior Bowl … Sebastian LaRue told 247 Sports that his transfer to WSU is set in stone, and he acknowledges that he'll have to sit out a year … It sounds like UCLA's new defensive coordinator is already on campus.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Well, at least the Seahawks won. It's small consolation on a day that the Washington State women's basketball team suffered its first conference loss, falling in the final seconds to Utah. Even worse, it was the Utes' first Pac-12 win. Still, it's not all doom and gloom on the Palouse, not with the news that a talented wide receiver  has decided that he'd like to catch a pass or 200 in Mike Leach's Air Raid offense. And he's probably not the only one.

A couple links, after the jump.

 

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Berkeley — The Washington State men's basketball team couldn't build on an impressive first half and fell to Cal on Saturday. On SportsLink we've got videos up of Ken Bone as well as players D.J. Shelton and Royce Woolridge. We've also got the box score.

More links after the jump.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Berkeley — Sometimes a loss serves as a big enough wakeup call. Sometimes an extra intense practice full of shouting and punitive conditioning isn't the best motivational tool at a coach's disposal. Washington State's men's basketball coaches are subscribing to that philosophy, and had a light practice on Friday in preparation for today's game against Cal. They face a Golden Bears team that is quickly rising in the national conscience. The football team saw its first departure of the Spring, with wide receiver Bobby Ratliff deciding to retire his mouthguard

The women's basketball just keeps winning, and is now 5-0 in the Pac-12 after knocking off No. 21 Colorado.

More links, after the jump.

Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Berkley — Though the Cougars rested, it was elsewhere an eventful day in Pac-12 hoops. Colorado's struggled to deal with its recent rash of injuries in a 69-56 loss to UCLA … Utah's offense returned to form in an 84-66 win over USC … The Sun Devils were no challenge for their top-ranked rival … Here on SportsLink we took a look back at WSU's loss to Stanford.

In football news, ASU coach Todd Graham responds to rumors that he was lobbying for other jobs … It will be hard for Cal to improve on its dismal record with talented players continuing to enter the NFL draft … A look inside Oregon defensive coordinator Mike Aliotti's retirement announcement … SI's interview with new USC coach Steve Sarkisian … 

Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Palo Alto — You take two steps forward, one step back. Such describes Washington State's past three men's basketball games. After a couple of good outings last week, the Cougars struggled mightily against the Cardinal. On the blog we've got video of Royce Woolridge, Que Johnson and Ken Bone, as well as a box score.

It was a bad day for Washington schools in The Bay, as he Huskies met a similar fate against the Golden Bears.

In others news … Washington and Tosh Lupoi have finally parted ways ... Can Arizona remain undefeated … ASU has some fundraising to do … 

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Well, hope you enjoyed having the Cougars in Pullman. It may have been brief, but at least WSU won its only home Pac-12 game out of the first six. With classes starting on Monday the team barely had time to grab its syllabi before jetting off to the Bay Area to face the Northern California schools. Up first is Stanford, and we've got an advance … After beating Utah, the Cougars are hoping to put together a winning streak and get back on the right foot. That's the good news. The bad news is they'll have to do it without DaVonte Lacy, who won't be suiting up anytime soon.

With his rib injury, Lacy can't participate in all the fun Pac-12 guards are having this season.

Links from around the conference, after the jump.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Yesterday was the start of called for Spring semester at Washington State and the students were back on campus. That includes six new Cougars who enrolled for Spring quarter (although apparently Calvin Green is arriving today). In the morning, Bud Nameck hosted Cougar Calls, which you can listen to here or read our recap. Bud Withers of the Seattle Times takes a look at the teams to beat in 2014, and the paper also has a piece on former WSU basketball player Patrick Simon. CougCenter's Kyle Sherwood takes a closer look at the shot charts from the Cougars game against Utah.

Follow the jump for links from around the Pac-12.

 

 

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — By the time the Cougars are one-third of the way through Pac-12 play, they'll have only played one game in Pullman. So it's a good thing they won it last night, against Utah, 49-46. It's the Cougars first Pac-12 win and it came thanks to a gritty defense. It was a good win for WSU, which again played without DaVonte Lacy. While there is no timetable yet for his return, it's hard to see how he could get ready in time for the Cougars' upcoming Bay Area trip.

More links after the jump.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

 

From Pullman — The WSU-UW rivalry in women's hoops continues to be a one-sided affair with the dominant school predictably winning every game as much a certainty as the sunset or the tide's endless back and forth. Yes, the Washington State women tacked another win onto The Streak, which now stands at two games. The WSU athletics site has Bobby Alworth's game story from the Cougars' win in Seattle.

With the win, the women are 4-0 in conference play for the first time in school history. They're also 2-0 against the Huskies this season, who the team previously hadn't beaten since 1995. Tia Presley led the Cougars with 29 points. Before the season coach June Daughtery pronounced that WSU would make the postseason this year, and the team — which also has a pair of wins over top-25 opponents — seems to be doing everything it can to reward her faith.

The men will take on Utah at 4 p.m. today. Here is our advance for that game.

More links, after the jump.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — We know live in a world in which there is just one Pac-12 basketball game being played on Saturday, today, and five on Sunday. Here's an advance for that game between Oregon State and Cal.

More links, after the jump.

Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Washington State was out of action of Thursday, so we took another look at the overtime loss to No. 15 Colorado. I also put out my power rankings, which were quickly and thoroughly made worthless by a slate of Pac-12 games. No. 17 Oregon continued to slide, falling to Cal, which is looking like one of the conference's best teams despite having a few key players out with injuries … Oregon State picked up a conference win against Stanford, which is surprisingly struggling so far in Pac-12 play … Arizona edged UCLA in the night's marquee matchup … And USC proved to be an easy outing for the Sun Devils.

 

Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — It was a bittersweet day for Washington State men's basketball fans. On the one hand, the Cougars showed that they can score the ball against a good team without DaVonte Lacy. But on the other hand, the Cougars couldn't hold a lead against No. 15 Colorado, falling by a single point in overtime. Here's our game story, as well as Colin Mulvaney's photo gallery from the game, which was played at the Spokane Arena. We've also got the box score and post game video from coach Ken Bone, as well as Dexter Kernich-Drew and Royce Woolridge. With Washington beating Utah, the trip to the Evergreen State could still prove to be a formidable one for Pac-12 teams.

Now the Cougars can finally return to Beasley Coliseum, where they haven't played a home game since December 28th, 2013. John Blanchette spoke with Bill Moos about the state of the WSU program and what the future may hold

On the football side, the Pac-12 released its schedule for the 2013-14 season and WSU did as well.

More from the rest of the conference, after the jump.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

Things didn't go well for the Cougars in Tempe as WSU lost not only the game, but again lost DaVonte Lacy, who made his first start in over a week but was re-injured midway through the first half. Even more problematic, the Cougars scored just 72 points over the weekend for an average of 36 points a game. Needless to say, that won't cut it in Pac-12 play.

However, the women's basketball team again held court, completing a sweep of the Arizona schools with a two-point victory over the Wildcats to improve to 2-0 in conference. 

Elsewhere in Pac-12 men's hoops, Colorado handed Oregon its first loss of the season and UCLA resoundingly won the first matchup between the two new coaches in Los Angeles.

There was some football news on Sunday as UCLA's Brett Hundley announced that he's sticking around another season, while Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas is off to the NFL.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Tempe — Unless a team is contending for the conference championship, a Pac-12 road split in basketball is nearly always a success. So Washington State can still make something out of this Arizona trip with a win tomorrow … It's time to sign up for a Night with Cougar Football

Arizona held off the Huskies on Saturday, who may be better than they appeared in preceding weeks. Utah picked up its first conference win.

The Cougars aren't the only basketball team playing on Sunday. The rivalry between UCLA and USC will add a new chapter when their first-year head coaches square off for the first time, and Oregon will visit Colorado for a matchup of ranked teams.

Bonus Link: Texas finally has a new football coach. But is it a good fit?

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Tempe — The WSU women defended home court to open Pac-12 play with a win over No. 24/25 Arizona State. It was the second win over a ranked win for the Cougars (7-6, 1-0 Pac-12), who also beat No. 10 Nebraska earlier this season. It wasn't the only upset in Pac-12 women's hoops, as USC knocked off No. 12 Colorado. 

On the men's side, Washington will get its turn against No. 1 Arizona tomorrow. The Huskies will have to face Aaron Gordon, who could have been a teammate of theirs. Utah and Oregon State are still winless in conference play, but one of them won't be after they face off tomorrow.

In Pac-12 football news, a number of players are declaring their intentions to leave early for the NFL draft. These include USC's Marquise Lee, Cal's Khairi Fortt, Terrance Mitchell of Oregon, Brandon Cooks of Oregon State.

 

Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Tempe — Here's a travel tip for those of you who may want to fly south for the winter. If you're in Tucson at midnight and are thinking about driving to Tempe with a quarter tank of gas and a fuel cap that won't open, don't. Just call me Rick Steves. Still, I'm sure I had a better trip than the Washington State men's basketball team, which didn't have a great time playing shorthanded against the best team in the country on the road. Now they have to play an Arizona State team that should be riled up after losing its conference home-opener to the Huskies.

In other Pac-12 openers, No. 10 Oregon remained undefeated but it was Utah that came away looking like a team to be reckoned with, taking the Ducks to overtime before falling, 70-68 … Cal's Justin Cobbs scored a bevy of points in the final minutes as the Golden Bears won the Battle of the Bay … Colorado avoided an upset at home against Oregon State.

Here on SportsLink we've got an interview with yours truly conducted by the Greatest WSU Basketball Manager of All Time and a post on WSU athletic director Bill Moos' son being named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team as a tight end.