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Game day draws closer at WSU

COUGARS • UPDATED: 7:30 P.M.

One less day until the 2011 football season begins. We have some thoughts after the Thursday run through. Read on.

Too much today from WSU, Pac-12

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The college football season kicks off tonight. With that in mind, there is not time for chit-chat. Way too many stories to pass along, from around here first-and-foremost, than up-and-down the West Coast. So many, we had to use up our monthly quota of hypens. And it's only the first. Read on.

WSU focused at Wednesday’s practice

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Practice is over for Wednesday afternoon. Which means just two more practices, probably neither in full pads, before the opener Saturday vs. Idaho State. We have a few things from practice and some other, more personal, thoughts, so read on.

The first game is getting closer

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Can you remember back to, say, when you were eight? And that week before Christmas? Remember how the time seemed to pass by so slowly? Every day seemed like a week, every hour like a day. Christmas would never come. Well, this week is nothing like that. Sure, the college football season opens this week, but waiting for another kickoff is nothing like waiting for Santa Claus. Just forget I brought it up. Read on.

Post-practice post from WSU

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Coach Paul Wulff's radio show is about to begin and we don't want to miss all the excitement, so we'll keep tonight's post-practice post short. Read on.

Wulff meets with the media

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Coach Paul Wulff just finished his Tuesday afternoon local press conference and the subjects ranged from facing Idaho State and its coach Mike Kramer – who has a long history with Wulff – to personnel questions among the Cougars. Read on.

WSU prepares for Idaho State

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What type of team is Idaho State? Well, no one really knows. It's easy to look at last year's record (1-10 and winless in the Big Sky) and figure the Bengals are just this side of hapless. Last year they were. But that was before Mike Kramer took over in Pocatello. Read on for more.

WSU begins game week with spirited practice

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Washington State is off the field after its first workout of the Idaho State game week and there was a different feel to tonight's practice. Read on.

It’s finally game week at WSU

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Unless you have been on vacation in Antarctica or pulling a Rip Van Winkle at the lake, you probably realize the college football season begins this week. So we don't have to remind you that the Cougars host Idaho State on Saturday. We'll have our first look at the Bengals in tomorrow's S-R. Today we have links from around the Pac-12. Read on.

Sunday morning links from WSU

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It's Sunday morning, the day your daily newspaper swells to the size of the roast we're having for dinner. And, because it is the Sunday before college football season begins, those papers are full of stories about Wossamotta U. We link those stories, though, sadly, Bullwinkle is out with an injury.

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

COUGARS • UPDATED 3 P.M.

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.