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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.

Friday Morning Links

No pressure for the Washington State football team this weekend, but the rest of the Pac-12 is gearing up for Saturday's games. Here are some links from around the conference.

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? 

Monday Morning Links

From Pullman—Well, the Cougars have finally made it to the bye week and with just four games left they need to make the most of it … The Oregon assistant  who blasted WSU coach Mike Leach yesterday has apologized for his remarks … While the team was in Eugene, the tower crane above the developing football operations building was removed. This reporter, for one, will miss it … Interestingly, teams that break passing records — as WSU did on Saturday — often lose — as WSU did on Saturday.

Also of note was the passing of legendary Washington coach Don James. The College Football Hall of Fame coach was fondly remembered by Jim Walden, who was often his rival.

Links from around the conference after the jump.

Postgame links

 

From The Heavens — David's shot missed its mark last night and Goliath, Oregon, pummeled the Cougs in a 62-38 victory. It was a dishonorable defeat for WSU, according to an Oregon assistant, who was apparently miffed at the insubordination the Cougars showed by not spending the fourth quarter having quarterback Connor Halliday kneel down to run out the clock while the rest of the team applauded the Ducks in awestruck wonder. The nerve.

Granted, WSU kept its pedal to the metal throughout the game, even though not much went right when they did. It was a sloppy game for both teams, and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota coughed up his first two turnovers of the year.

Pac-12 gameday links

From Eugene—Lots of good college  football today and what better way to prepare yourself than by reading the advances from all the Pac-12 beat writers? What's that? You have three TVs, a keg of ginger ale and those amazing chips that are scientifically engineered for optimal scoop capacity? Ok, that does sound better.

Here are some links, anyways.

Friday Morning Links

From San Francisco — It's that time again. The coffee is brewing, the birds are chirping and there's a new set of links for you to peruse. The kids are still asleep, and this solitary hour is for you to treasure. I won't keep you. 

Yesterday was Pac-12's Basketball media day. The conference is expected to be much improved, even if the Cougars aren't … The football team is traveling down to Eugene to face the juggernaut that is Oregon … The Ducks have found a way to introduce a new helmet that isn't obnoxious … Oregon's coach isn't overlooking WSU … Nobody panic, the Ducks have another budding superstar … A penchant for interceptions may not be WSU quarterback Connor Halliday's biggest problem.

How was that? Getting settled in? Immerse yourself, after the jump.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott

From San Francisco— After the players and coaches were done, Pac-12 commissioner took the stageat the2013 Pac-12 basketballmedia day to address topics such as scheduling, DIRECTV and basketball players leaving school early. You can watch the video or read the transcript below.

 

Larry Scott Transcription

Cougars at media day

From San Francisco — Coach Ken Bone and guard DaVonte Lacy led off a busy Pac-12 Basketball Media day. Below is the video provided by the Pac-12 and continue reading for a transcription.

Thursday Morning Links

From San Francisco — The city by the bay has been taken over by Pac-12 basketball players, coaches and scribes. Back in Pullman, the football team is getting ready to face the No. 2 Ducks, and here is a nice summary of today's practice … Oregon is hoping the Cougars make plenty of mistakes in the passing game … But WSU is going to win, obviously … The NFL is starting to notice Oregon's stellar quarterback.

Continue reading for more links.

Pac-12 Power Rankings, week 8

 

From Pullman –After laying dormant the past few weeks, the Pac-12’s depth asserted itself this week. One of the conference’s made men was iced by an underling, and some middle tier teams emphasized their superiority over the bottom feeders. It’s pretty obvious who the king of the hill is, and who is destined to remain at the bottom of the heap. But there are a number of teams scrambling over each other to get to the top, and it’s anyone’s guess how they stack up. What is clear: The Pac-12 is an exceptionally deep conference.

Tuesday Morning Pac-12 Links

The Washington State football team has quite a challenge  this week, traveling to face Oregon in unfriendly Autzen Stadium. The Ducks lead the conference in both passing and rushing, and have a fearsome defense. That means the Cougars won’t have any time to sulk  over their disheartening loss to OSU on Saturday. But CougCenter gives us a look back  at that game. Here’s our first look at that game. 

In case you missed it, we tried out a new feature  on the blog yesterday … And Ken Goe had a controversial column  about Cougar coach Mike Leach … De’Anthony Thomas may not have practiced  on Monday, but still hopes to play against WSU … Marcus Mariota is getting a lot of well-deserved praise, and handling it well  … Greg Bishop of the New York Times has a good read  on the Ducks.

Continue reading for more links from around the conference.

Sunday night WSU practice

Washington State postponed its Sunday night football practice until 9 p.m., but didn't officially get started until 10 p.m. That was when the coaches and a number of starting players arrived at Martin Stadium. Most of the team arrived at 9 p.m. and participated in drills that were overseen by graduate assistants. Once everyone was accounted for the practice lasted around 40 minutes.

Unofficially, the players that arrived at 10 were:

Offense: Quarterback Connor Halliday, receiver Gabe Marks, running back Marcus Mason, center Elliott Bosch, offensive tackle John Fullington, offensive lineman Joe Dahl, offensive tackle Gunnar Eklund and receiver Kristoff Williams.

Defense: Linebacker Darryl Monroe, linebacker Justin Sagote, safety Deone Bucannon, cornerback Damante Horton, defensive linemen Xavier Cooper, Toni Pole and Ioane Gauta.

Practicing at cornerback was Nolan Washington, who warmed up with the wide receivers before Saturday's game.

After practice we had our first chance to speak with defensive coordinator Mike Breske since the OSU game. More on that after the jump.

Friday Morning Links

Happy Friday, everyone. USC's 38-31 victory over Arizona last night  was a fun start to what should be a great weekend of football in the Pac-12. Prepare yourself for your Saturday sports binge by scouring these links.

Here's my Pac-12 picks, so far I'm off to a decent start … WSU's Kalifitoni Pole is coming into his own … In case you missed it, here's our recap from Thursday Night Football … Expect OSU to use a lot of sub packages on defense … OSU's offensive line is almost back to normal.

Links from around the conference below.

Thursday Morning Pac-12 Links

It's Must Win Week in the Pac-12. A number of teams are playing do-or-die games. WSU against OSU has the feeling of a game that will determine whether or not each teams season is good or mediocre. UW has it's best chance in years to knock off Oregon, and on College Gameday no less. Arizona needs a bounce back win against USC, but who knows how the Trojans will respond to the recent coaching change? Is Utah legit? They've got a chance to prove it against Stanford.

Here at the S-R, we've got a story on opposing quarterback Sean Mannion, and save yourself the trouble of scrolling down by clicking here for our Wednesday practice notes.

More links from around the conference after the jump.

Tuesday Morning Pac-12 Links

From Pullman — If you're following the fallout of last week's Emmitt Su'a-Kalio arrest, Scout.com has named the alleged victim, while also disclosing his medical information. We shan't be following suit, but advise that nothing has been proven nor confirmed. 

In lighter news, Mike Leach had reporters rolling at his weekly press conference, which highlighted topics such as the Cal game, the upcoming OSU game, and preferred dog breeds … here's our notebook following the presser … the Beavers know they've got something special in Brandin Cook … OSU is expecting a challenge from WSU's passing game.

More links after the jump.

Monday Morning Pac-12 Links

From Pullman — After a 44-22 win at Cal in which the teams combined to pass for over 1,000 yards, expect more of the same this week. Sean Mannion and the Beavers didn't play last week, but the talented quarterback still leads the conference with 2,018 passing yards. The Cougars were able to win on Saturday despite giving up a lot of passing yards, but that's an area where they need to improve.

There wasn't a lot of news on Sunday, but we have a few links from around the conference after the jump.

WSU Gameday Links

From Berkeley, Calif. —Today at 1p.m. the Cougars will take on California in what could easily be WSU's most important game of the season. We detail what they'll need to do to win here … If Cal wins, blame the socks … Not helping matters is the revelation that a WSU football player was arrested this week … The San Francisco Chronicle has a video preview of the game … A Cal safety decided to turn in his mouth guard. More links from around the Pac-12 after the jump.

Friday Morning Links

In case you missed it, Utah and UCLA kicked off this week's Pac-12 play last night. Entering the game, Travis Wilson and Brett Hundley had similar stats. That certainly wasn't the case during the game, as Hundley found three different ways to score a touchdown while Wilson found six different occasions to throw interceptions.

In WSU news, here's our story for tomorrow's paper, as well as our report on Thursday Night Football … The story that wouldn't die has made its way to Mashable of all places … Mark Sandritter asks how confident WSU fans are. Why don't you go tell him? … Will Cal's running back break out against the Cougs? … Links from around the conference after the jump (don't actually jump).

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