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WSU plays it cool at practice


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There is a line in the musical “Oklahoma” about the wind whistling down the plains. In the Palouse the only thing that the wind whistles down is your neck. OK, I wanted to say something a little more derogatory, but bit my tongue. Didn’t feel any pain, though, because it was frozen. … But I jest. Yes, it was cool in the football field Tuesday, cooler than it needs to be in late October, but former Cougar Kenny Alfred was in shorts and a light jacket, so it couldn’t have been well-digger-rear-end cold. It just seemed that way to us old folks watching practice. We have notes from the practice and Paul Wulff’s press conferences, delayed some from the icicles on my fingers. Again I jest, so read on.

An early Tuesday post on WSU, Pac-10


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Some times 6:30 in the morning arrives earlier than other times. This was one of those earlier times. But it’s here, you’re there and we have links and notes, so read on.

WSU heads to bubble to prepare for ASU


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For the first time this season, the Washington State Cougars took football practice into the bubble. Which, all of the assembled observers agreed, was a really good thing. Warmth, benches, a roof. What’s not to like? We have notes, so read on.

Despite better numbers, WSU’s run game still lacks consistency


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The wind is blowing, the leaves are whipping around like a frozen strawberry in a blender and we have a short Sunday night post for you. Read on.

The loss to Stanford, the day after

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One of the harder parts of writing the morning-after post is getting out of bed. Really. It’s Sunday morning, there’s a chill in the air and the pillows are soft. Why not just stay under the covers and let you folks forage for your own information. But such thoughts pass quickly, unlike the headache I’ve got. So we sit down at the computer and start typing. The result is on the link, so read on.

WSU falls to Stanford, 38-28


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If you saw it, you know Washington State dug a hole it could not get out of, trailing 31-7 going into the final quarter. But the Cougars did find a way to battle back in the final 15 minutes to finally fall 38-28. We have more on the link, so read on.

Stanford leads 24-7 at the half


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It’s halftime, it’s raining – lightly – and Stanford leads 24-7. The Cougars’ two turnovers hurt, though Stanford had just three points, those coming from the first one. And Washington State took advantage of the Cardinal’s turnover – an Andrew Luck interception – to score its lone touchdown – a Jeff Tuel to Jared Karstetter 12-yard pass. But WSU could have more points and the Cougars have missed just enough tackles to keep two Stanford scoring drives alive. … The Cardinal get the ball to start the second half. … The halftime stats: Total offense – WSU 129, Stanford 255; rushing yards – WSU 41, Stanford 142; Passing – Jeff Tuel 8 of 12 for 88 yards, one interception and one touchdown; Andrew Luck 11 of 16 for 113 yards, one pick and a TD. … The Cougars are actually getting some pressure on Luck, but he’s tough to sack. And Tuel hasn’t had the time for the receivers to make the double moves they need to get open. … By the way, do you think WSU, trailing 17-7, should have gone for the fourth-and-1 from their 36 with 2:57 left in the first half? Or was the punt the right thing to do? … We’ll be back after the game with our stories. Until then …

WSU, Stanford about ready to face off


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I promised a weather report, so, like Ollie Williams, we stood outside for a minute and can shout that there’s no rain yet. But, according to the Weather Channel, it is supposed to start at about 1 p.m. and continuing on for the remainder of the afternoon. We’ll see. We have some other thoughts, so read on.

Following WSU in the modern age


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One of the crucial skills in the modern world is an ability to point-and-click. It’s not as important as say hunting was 10,000 years ago, but without it, some folks might starve. I’ve always felt pointing a cursor to the right spot and clicking was perfect for me, the pinnacle of my athletic strike zone so to speak. Until this morning. Then, for some reason, I started to struggle. A wrong link here, a mistaken double click there. An Alex Rodriguez-in-the-playoffs type of slump. It made finding the morning links a laborious chore. Now that, hopefully, I’ve elicited some pity, will you please read on? Thanks.

WSU, Stanford will tough it out Saturday


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Not a lot to add tonight, as Washington State wasn’t able to do its walk-through at Stanford Stadium due to a light rain. We do have some links though, so read on.

The new Pac-12 is a hit already


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We’re on our way to Northern California, taking the long, slow detour through SeaTac. With the plane about to load in a few minutes, we thought we would pass on as many links as we can before our deadline hits. Read on.

WSU and the new Pac-12


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So know that the water-boarding by the boss – better known as the yearly performance evaluation – is over, we can get back to the real work. Which is to give you folks some information on the Pac-12 and other Washington State-related news. Read on.

New Pac-12 defined


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The press conference is over, so now we know what the Pac-12 football schedule will look like. For more on that, read on.

WSU has its eyes on Stanford


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Sometimes even spell check can’t save you. Like yesterday when Word (capital W) informed me with a wiggly red line I had misspelled a word (lowercase w) in my morning post. I saw it, but somehow forgot to correct it. So the post went up with a word missing an “i.” I would say “see if you can find it,” but I already fixed it this morning. Ya, I noticed it and corrected it, which, even to me, seems strange, but that’s what I did. Anyhow, for more comments, few as off-the-wall as this one, and maybe a misspelling or two, read on.

WSU a day closer to Stanford


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For the third consecutive day, Washington State went sans pads at practice, limiting the hitting and concentrating on the mental aspects of preparing for Saturday’s game with Stanford. For more on practice, read on.

Sharing WSU news on a Wednesday


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Literally got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and hit my knee on the way out to the kitchen. Not a good way to start the day. But the morning got immeasurably better when I started to travel around the web looking for stories. It’s always nice to find something to share. Read on.

WSU saves wear and tear at practice


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With the number of Washington State players banged up – not injured mind you, though there are quite a few of those, but banged up – the coaching staff decided to go in shorts, T-shirts, shoulder pads and helmets today. In other words, not full pads. There’s a desire to save bodies and energy for Saturday, which should be a physical battle from the opening kickoff. For more on Tuesday’s practice, and Paul Wulff’s conference calls, read on.

Tuesday morning WSU links and notes


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An interesting morning what with some news on the Pac-12 expansion front, some notes out of last night’s Washington State practice and a few thoughts about the rest of the season. Read on.

WSU begins prep for Stanford


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Monday nights are getting a bit colder this time of year and the number of players who watch the installation of the game plan due to injuries or hurts seems to be growing. Read on for more.

WSU takes a last look at Arizona


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With the long march to open the season a little over halfway done, the Washington State Cougars are contemplating some changes to the practice schedule this week. The goal will be try to continue the steps toward respectability without straining a roster that’s starting to bend under the stress. We have more on that and other items, so read on.

WSU’s loss to Arizona, the day after


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Some things have changed around Washington State, that’s for sure. We document them, plus add our day after post, so read on.

WSU comes close once again


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It’s late, so here’s our post for tonight on Washington State’s 24-7 loss to Arizona. We’ll have more in the morning, if I wake up. Read on.

WSU trails Arizona 14-0 at half


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Though Arizona has moved the ball consistently – and Washington State hasn’t – the Cougars head to halftime trailing by just two scores, 14-0. Part of it has been a WSU defense that’s forced one turnover, plus a successful onside kick by the Cougars to open the game. Part of it is a right knee injury has sidelined UA quarterback Nick Foles since early in the second quarter. … This is the first time this year WSU has failed to score in the first half as Arizona’s defense has put relentless pressure on Jeff Tuel. So much, in fact, left tackle David Gonzales has been replaced by walk on Elliot Bosch, a 258-pound redshirt sophomore. … Tuel has been sacked three times, but WSU has sacked Foles and Matt Scott four times. … The halftime stats … First downs, UA 17, WSU 4; Rushing yards, UA 72, WSU 1; Passing yards, UA 179, WSU 55; Total offense, UA 251, WSU 56. … We’ll be back later with more.

WSU and UA ready to go


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Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott is in Pullman today and is speaking right now on the Cougar Road Show with Bud Nameck. John Blanchette is over in Hollingbery Fieldhouse and will talk with Scott when the radio show is done, so when he gets up to the press box we’ll fill you in. We have some other thoughts about today, so read on.

WSU gives UA a chilly reception


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It’s game-day morning on the Palouse and it got cold last night – I hope all those RVs are heated. Not as cold as say next month, when Cal comes to town, or certainly not as cold as it should be for a December Apple Cup, but chilly nonetheless. With all the byes around the Pac-10 today – there are only three games and four teams have the week off – it’s a little chilly links-wise. But we do have some, including one that should make you chuckle, so read on.

WSU basketball takes to the court


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The first day of men’s basketball at Washington State is in the books. We have some thoughts and a link to our story, so read on.

A busy Friday at WSU


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Not only does Saturday’s football game with Arizona start the second half of the season, the men’s basketball season officially starts around the nation tonight – and in Bohler Gym. The Cougar men and women will hold a Midnight Mayhem exhibition at 8 p.m. (that’s midnight in the Bahamas, right?) featuring contests, autographs and scrimmages. But that’s tonight. This morning, we have your football links and notes, so read on.

WSU going extra mile for UA


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When a college football team prepares for a game, there are certain players on the other squad that demand a plan. Where is so-and-so is crucial in an offense’s and a defense’s prep work. For more on that, and other items from Thursday’s practice, read on.

Catching up with WSU


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Wow. You take a day and the emails pile up, the number of stories to link becomes nearly unmanageable and basketball season jumps into the picture. It’s overwhelming. The moral of the story? Never take a day. Read on for the damage control.

WSU hits hard at practice


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The Washington State Cougars have finished their first true practice of the week, at least the first one in full pads, and are well on their way in preparation for the University of Arizona this Saturday. The practice featured a lot of hitting once more, though it was toned down some from the past two weeks. We have some notes from practice, so read on.