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A last post from preseason camp

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The preseason camp is over. Long live game week. If there is anyone more ready for this week to close than the Washington State players, I haven't met them. Scratch a player and the blood would write “I want to hit someone in another color uniform” on their skin. After a day off Sunday, they get a chance to start preparing themselves for just that Monday evening. Read on.

Saturday morning links from WSU

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With the high today expected to be somewhere in the 90s, it's a good thing Washington State is holding a morning practice. Especially for the offensive linemen, who have a tendency to sweat a bit more than most of their teammates. The other unintended consequence? The beat writer is up early, pouring himself a cup of coffee and poring over stories. The results can be found on the link, so read on.

WSU hits a little bump on Friday

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There is a time and a place to write that a team is injury free. The time is never and the place is fantasyland. Read on.

Another Friday morning from WSU

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There is not much to add from last night's scrimmage post, but we have to feed the blog beast, so we came up with something. Read on.

WSU comes out of scrimmage unscathed

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The best thing about holding a scrimmage, the last one of preseason camp, under the lights at Martin Stadium? It was perfect weather. Not too hot, not too cold. Sort of like the play on the turf. Read on.

Long time before WSU hits field today

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The sun will be settling toward the horizon today when Washington State finally takes the field for the day's workout. And that's not the only thing that will be different on this Thursday. Read on.

WSU ready for a scrimmage

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To paraphrase the Jackson 5, one bad practice didn't spoil the whole week. After drawing coach Paul Wulff's ire about the focus on Tuesday, Washington State had a much better practice this afternoon. For more, read on.

Not too long now until season begins

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It's less than a dozen days until the season-opening football game next Saturday at home vs. Idaho State, which means it's probably time to get moving on our season previews before the boss kicks my behind. But before we get those stories done, we have to finish our daily commitment here. So read on.

WSU’s practice not what Wulff wanted

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It's the first week of school. Tuesday was the first practice since school started. So how did it go? “It wasn't very good,” an obviously perturbed Washington State coach Paul Wulff said after it ended. Why was Wulff so upset? Read on to find out.

A late Tuesday morning post

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We're quite a bit later than usual today but life has a strange way of intervening occasionally. But we have a chance to sit and cover the day's news and note, so read on.

Another light Monday on WSU front

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As we say, oh, about 52 times a year, Monday mornings are “The Walking Dead” of links days. There is just very little out there. But what we can find, we pass along, so read on.

Eligibility and progress at WSU

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It's Sunday morning and we're still not back at practice, so we're going to delve into a couple important areas, eligibility and progress. If such things sound interesting to you, read on.

Notes from WSU - and a thank you

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Everything is going so well here, we have time to sit down and write a blog post. It's either that or read “The Help” while the wife sleeps. Read on.

This and that from WSU

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The afternoon practice is over and I'm not exaggerating by saying it certainly lacked the intensity of the morning workout. I don't know if it was because the players were in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) or if it was because coach Paul Wulff was MIA, headed to Spokane for an evening event, or if it was because of something else. Despite the lack of intensity, there is news, so read on.

Defense steps up in WSU’s first practice of day

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Just a quick post after Washington State's morning workout. Title the first practice of the day “When The Defense Attacked.” Probably the best workout of camp for that side of the ball, especially in the back seven, where there were, seemingly, more pass deflections than the entire last couple weeks combined. The day was also a bit contentious, with at least three decent scraps breaking out between offensive and defensive players. Heck, the last play of the practice, held in full pads and featuring “thud” team work (no tackling), ended with an after-the-whistle battle. As for injuries, cornerback Daniel Simmons returned to practice off his hamstring strain, but defensive end Adam Coerper missed his second consecutive day with a hammy and Kristoff Williams watched with a left knee bruise. How long either will be out is still unknown. … We'll be back after the afternoon workout. Until then … 

WSU to scrimmage today

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Washington State will head to Martin Stadium this afternoon for a scrimmage that will have more game-like elements than the first live hitting the Cougars did last week. But before we can look forward toward that, we have to look back to yesterday, so read on.

Some changes for WSU on Tuesday

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Washington State's players had a day off Monday but the coaches didn't After examining film of the first week of practices, some changes were made. Read on for more.

WSU will take afternoon off

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Today was scheduled to be the third of Washington State's five allowed two-a-day practices. But yesterday the news came out the Cougars would practice in the morning as planned, but not in the afternoon. You know that feeling you get when you find a $10 bill in a coat pocket? I had that same thrill when I read the email about the time off. Then it hit me. I still had to get up at 6 to make the early morning workout. Read on.

Monday morning links from WSU

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Mondays are usually the light day when it comes to links around Washington State and the rest of the Pac-12. Today doesn't change that, but there are a few more things to pass along than there will be in a few months as the season wears on. Trust me on that and read on.

A tired WSU group ready for day off

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The second of the five two-a-days finished up Sunday afternoon and Washington State began to show signs of a tired football team. But after a team get-together tonight and a day off tomorrow, Tuesday should be different. Read on for more.

Summarizing WSU’s morning practice

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A quick post with some thoughts on today's morning practice. Read on.

Sunday morning links and notes from WSU

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You know how, at work on Friday, you look forward to that day off Saturday? And how, sometimes, no matter how hard you try to concentrate, the thought of getting a nice mid-afternoon nap on the couch the next day keeps wandering into your mind? That's what faces the Washington State players and coaches today. After eight long, hot days on the football field, the Cougars will have a day off tomorrow. But first, they have to get a lot accomplished in two practices today. We'll see how that works out. We also get a day off tomorrow – at least from standing in the hot sun on the football field. But before we get there, heck before we even get out into that sun to watch practice, we have our links and notes on the morning post.  Read on.

News from WSU on a Saturday

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The first Saturday practice is over and we have a few things to report, one important thing to correct and a big piece of news to pass along. Read on for more.

Another day, another WSU practice

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Today marks the seventh consecutive day Washington State will be on the football field (the Cougars will go eight straight, and 10 practices, before they get a break) so I wouldn't be surprised if today's practice wasn't a bit slow. Sort of like today's news. Read on.

Looking at WSU’s offensive line

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Talk about baking in the mid-summer sun. The fact the intensity during Washington State's second practice wound down in the final 20 minutes or so was understandable if you were standing out on Rogers Field. Read on for more.

Cougars off field after first practice

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Washington State held its first morning practice of preseason camp and the Cougars went in full pads. They'll wear shells this afternoon as they finish their first two-a-day. Read on for more.

WSU set for first two-a-day

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There is not much time before Washington State hits the practice field for the first of two workouts today. So we'll get right to the links. Read on.

WSU scrimmages to end practice

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Back in the summer, as the Washington State football coaches were penciling out the preseason practice, Paul Wulff and his staff decided they wanted to get to live hitting as soon as possible in camp. That would be today, when the Cougars appeared in full pads for the first time. So WSU finished Thursday's practice with a 51-play, 30-minute scrimmage. Read on for more.

A big day around WSU

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Believe it or not, this is the most important day of the year. Maybe not for you, maybe not for Washington State athletics, but for someone connected to this blog. If you're interested in whom and you want to get your daily fill of WSU links and notes, read on.

Wet and wild day for WSU

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After four warm days on Rogers Field, this afternoon's practice – the last before the Cougars go to full pads – ended on an upbeat note. On what could have been a downbeat day for Washington State fans. Read on for more.