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Wednesday morning WSU links


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By definition this isn’t an Indian summer, because we never really had a freeze. But it is summer in early fall, which might be the best time of the year in the Palouse. The days are warm, the nights cool and football is being played. Pretty much Camelot without the singing. Anyhow, we have Washington State news and notes, plus our usual collection of morning links, so read on.

WSU turns up the hitting at practice


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Earlier today we summarized Paul Wulff’s conference calls, as is our wont on Tuesdays. Now we will summarize practice for you. It’s on the link, so read on.

WSU’s Wulff talks UCLA, Cougars


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Paul Wulff had his usual Tuesday Pac-10 call and local media teleconference calls today, which means we have our usual summary of said calls. Read on.

Felt a little like the Scarecrow yesterday


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Being without a computer for a day is like being without your hair – no, I’m used to that. So it’s more like making do without your brain, and all evidence to the contrary, I’m not used to that. Yesterday was hard, almost like withdrawing from caffeine or something, with the headaches included. But I got it back now, all fixed up and loaded with memories, so we’re able to get back to doing what we do best, filling your mind with way too many words and links, so read on.

• UPDATE: The Pac-10 announced the FSN portion of the basketball schedule this morning and Washington State is assured of at least six appearances on the network. The non-conference home games against Kansas State (Dec. 3) and Gonzaga (Dec. 8) will be broadcast by FSN, along with conference games at UCLA (Dec. 29), Washington (Jan. 30), at Arizona (Feb. 17) and at Washington (Feb. 27). And two games from the Diamond Head Classic will be on an ESPN channel. There should be more games on TV, of course. But that’s for later.

A long, long Monday WSU post


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We’re having some Internet problems at Casa Grippi, so the usual (virtual) trip around the West Coast is taking almost as long as a real one. So our morning post is not going to be filled with as many nuggets as usual. What the heck, it’s Monday, so you can’t see anyway. The eyes are too bloodshot. We’ll just run the post in bigger type, it will seem as long and you’ll thank us tomorrow. Read on.

Eaton leaves WSU football


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A quick post on the departure of graduate assistant Chad Eaton from the Washington State program. Read on for an unedited version of our story.

UPDATE: We also have our follow on the USC game on the link.

WSU’s loss to USC, the day after


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Get a cup of coffee. Grab a Danish. Strap yourself to your chair. There’s a lot to cover this morning, and we’re not just talking about the rest of the Pac-10. We’re talking about Washington State’s debacle yesterday against USC and the rest of the conference season. It’s all on the link, so read on.

USC thunders WSU


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Early in the week, it was hard to see this one coming. But as the day dawned today it finally hit me that Washington State was playing a team with a bunch of horses up front, horses that haven’t played all that well. Well they did today, and WSU’s defenders just didn’t tackle worth dog spit. Which adds up to a 50-16 blitz. We have a couple more things on the link, so read on.

USC leads WSU 28-13 at half


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A quick halftime post, with WSU trailing USC 28-13. The Trojans have 312 yards of total offense in the first half despite trailing by 5 minutes in time of possession. USC has 11 plays of more than 10 yards. The Cougars are moving the ball through the air – 171 passing yards – but Jeff Tuel’s three interceptions – one a pick six – have killed them. USC has 14 points off the turnovers and leads by 15. To be fair, WSU has seven points following Barkley’s interceptions. We’ll be back afterward, but you can follow us at vinceg55 on Twitter. Use this post for comments.

Some pregame thoughts from WSU


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There is a crowd gathering, sort of like on the interstate when a truck leaves the pavement and rolls into a lentil field. And that might be an apt metaphor on what could happen today, so read on.

There’s not a lot of time before WSU’s game with USC


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It’s your typical Saturday morning with one huge exception. It’s typical in that there are enough previews, notebooks and features available from around the conference to keep you busy until game time. It’s atypical because the Washington State game time is noon, so you have to rush to plow your way through everything. So get right to it and read on.

Despite travails, USC is still USC


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You know, even though the last six months haven’t been kind to the University of Southern California football program, in a lot of ways USC is still USC. There is a cachet to the name, a ring to it. Say it just right and images of O.J. weaving through the UCLA defense, Sam Cunningham jumping over Alabama, Ricky Bell in the Kingdome, Marcus Allen playing fullback, Carson Palmer’s bullets, Reggie Bush, Rey Maualuga still dance in the memory. That’s what makes this weekend so much fun. What will Saturday’s game be like? In a little more than 24 hours, everyone will find out. Read on.

Rain pelts WSU as it gets ready for USC


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Washington State is off the field from Thursday’s practice, a workout held in a steady drizzle. But as one of the coaches said afterward, it was the best Thursday of the year. There’s more on the link, so read on.

WSU winds down prep for USC


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The hitting at practice is over for another week as Washington State will spend the next couple days fine-tuning the game plan for Southern California on Saturday. It’s a game that should be quite a bit different than the one between the schools here two years ago. Read on for more.

WSU in high spirits at practice


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As the time winds down to Saturday’s home game with USC, the Washington State Cougars put together a spirited practice Wednesday, staying on the practice field about 20 minutes shorter than the previous day. For what they accomplished, read on.

Wednesday morning links from WSU


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Every Wednesday morning is like this. A day with so many stories to read, the eyes start hurting before 8 a.m. Today is no different. More crowded, actually, with the news yesterday afternoon Colorado was able to play a $6.863 million get out of jail card. We have it all, so read on.

WSU gets back to work on USC


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What a shock. From the visitors on the sidelines to the action on the field, Tuesday’s practice was filled with news. And notes. So read on for both.

Wulff talks with the media at WSU


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Each Tuesday afternoon, Paul Wulff holds a press conference in which he looks forward to the next opponent, in this case USC. The Trojans will be in Martin Stadium on Saturday (noon; FS Northwest) for the first time since the 69-0 shellacking in 2008. And the first time without Pete Carroll in a long, long time. We have a summary of what Wulff had to say, along with his comments on the earlier Pac-10 call, on the link, so read on.

Another Tuesday morning with WSU


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Do you have a day of the week at work that is always longer and more demanding than the rest? A day you start dreading at 3 the day before? A day that seems to drag on and on? A day that, when it’s over, it seems like a steel door is slamming shut behind you and you’re free? If you answered yes to those questions, I feel your pain. Read on.

WSU gets back on field


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The short Monday practice is over and Washington State is off the Rogers practice field. We have a few notes for you, so read on.

Monday morning from WSU


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It’s your typical Monday morning in cyberspace (and I learned this weekend where that term came from, which is cool; life should be a continuing education class each day) with some folks looking back at Saturday and others already looking ahead. We have some links and notes, along with an apology, on the next page, so read on.

WSU’s loss at SMU, the day after


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This is a first for me. I am in the midst of joining the blogging world’s Mile-High Club. Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. I mean I’m blogging from the Alaska flight from Dallas to Seattle. With a 7:15 departure time and a midnight bedtime, there was no way I was getting up early enough to blog before we left Dallas. So we’re up in the air. Just like Saturday’s Washington State’s game was at halftime. But not after the third quarter. For more on that, and an up-and-down day for the Pac-10, read on.

WSU tied at half but melts in second half


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We have to be up and out of town early tomorrow, so the post on the link will be short. But it will be filled with a lot of interesting reading, so read on.

WSU, SMU tied at 14 at half


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Halftime in Dallas and Washington State is, well, the only word for it is competing. More on the link.

Some early WSU pregame thoughts


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I have spent the past hour getting set up at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus. There are a couple of thoughts on the link, so read on.

WSU tries to break road losing streak


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Another game day dawns, this one in Dallas, Texas. Washington State gets ready to take on the Mustangs of SMU in about six hours or so. And if you’re wondering, there is a two-hour time difference, so that’s why this post is early. We have news and notes, so read on.

WSU has to solve SMU’s puzzling defense

Saturday Washington State kicks off its final non-conference game of the season – the next time the Cougars take the field after this will be against USC in Martin Stadium. As we do each Friday, we put together an advance for the game. Here it is.

• UPDATE: We have put together a story for tomorrow’s S-R on James Montgomery’s legal troubles. Football-wise the bottom line is, he has not been suspended and is expected to play tomorrow. Here’s the story …

• That’s all for now, except this blog post from the Daily News Christian Caple. We’ll be back if events warrant, but more than likely tomorrow morning with links to the above story and our four keys to the game for WSU. Until then …

Will WSU roast in Texas heat?


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It’s warm and humid in Dallas, which must do something for the beef, because the steak I had last night was tasty. Really wanted barbecue though, but the place recommended to me by a local closed at 8 freakin p.m. 8? What is this, Whoville? I thought Dallas was a big city. OK, enough whining, on to our morning post. Read on.

Another freshman will play for WSU


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A quick summary of Washington State coach Paul Wulff’s Thursday afternoon press conference awaits on the link, so read on.

Thursday morning WSU links


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We’re starting a little late today so let’s get right to it. We linked all our stories last night on an easy-to-find post, so read on for other stuff.