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Answering WSU questions this fine Sunday

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In exactly one week, the Washington State University Cougars will officially begin the 2011 football season. Seven days. In commemoration of the final Sunday before college football begins in Pullman, we offer the answers to the seven questions we received this week, along with a few more than seven links and a few less than seven notes. Read on.

WSU will play Pepperdine in Seattle

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We're not going to go full blog post here, because the news just isn't worth it. But Washington State did announce one of its basketball games today, the Seattle matchup on Dec. 22 in Key Arena. It will be Pepperdine, which is sort of sad in a way. If the matchup had happened, say, last season, it would have featured the two Thompson boys, Mychel for Pepperdine and Klay for WSU. But in December of this year? Both are gone. Anyhow, you can read more here. Coach Ken Bone said last week he expects the have the entire nonconference schedule finalized soon. … Also, you can read John Blanchette's take about the Pac-12's new network here. … Until later.

Looking back at Pac-12 media day

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We have all our coverage of the Pac-12 media day, the best of the rest from around the conference, a couple of other Washington State links and another reason to fear Twitter. All that – and maybe more – on the link, so read on.

A really long Pac-12 media day post

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We've written a couple of stories for tomorrow's S-R on the Pac-12 media day (and we'll link them as soon as we can), but there is so much more to go over, we had to put together this blog post. If you want to read the transcript of coach Paul Wulff and receiver Jared Karstetter's press conference, more from Wulff on injuries and academics, and other WSU notes, read on.

Pac-12 ready to put on a show

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It's not often there is indisputable proof that I am working, but we have some from last night's Pac-12 rules seminar at the Fox studios in Los Angeles. And we have also have some actual items you might be interested in, so read on.

We’re back with WSU news

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So where were we? Oh yes, Washington State football and basketball. That's the ticket. After some time off, we're back, so if you want more information on WSU, read on.

More on Gesser’s decision

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Jason Gesser's tenure on the Washington State coaching staff was even shorter than Billy Donovan's with the Orlando Magic, if that's possible. At least Donovan was with the Magic for a weekend. Gesser's change of heart came even before he started. Gesser, however, had even better reasons to bail and it seems as if Cougar fans understand. Read on.

Gesser joins Idaho’s coaching staff

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Former Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser has been hired at Idaho, where he'll be reunited with former Cougar defensive coordinator Robb Akey.

Just last month Gesser, after resigning as head coach at Eastside Catholic in Sammamish, Wash., told us he was joining WSU in an off-the-field non-coaching position. But after UI running backs coach Jeremy Thielbahr left to take Gesser's old position at Eastside Catholic, a role on Akey's staff opened up and Gesser pursued it.

"It really is a dream come true working for a guy like that,” Gesser said of Akey in Idaho's media release. “I’ve been trying for the last handful of years to see if he’d let me join his staff and I finally got him to bite. I’ve seen his kids grow in front of my eyes and I’m very close with his family. I’ve spent a lot of time with him not only as a player but since he’s been coaching at Idaho.”

Gesser will coach Idaho's running backs and recruit the Norhwest and Hawaii.

You can read Idaho's full release on the hiring here.

UPDATE: Our story on Gesser's change of heart includes his explanation of why he decided to move to Moscow instead of Pullman.

A couple Thursday notes

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Haven't been on the blog for a while, partly because there hasn't been huge news to report and partly because much of my time has been spent either covering college baseball – Gonzaga's three-game showdown for the West Coast Conference title last weekend – or prep golf or just catching up on personal stuff. But this afternoon we have some news to pass along, so we've put together a short post. Read on.

Gesser takes behind-the-scenes job at WSU

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Before I head out to cover some college baseball this evening – showers permitting – I wanted to pass along this link. We have a story for tomorrow's S-R on the newest addition to Washington State's football coaching staff. As we told you a few days ago, former quarterback Jason Gesser is returning to Pullman in a non-field coaching position. He'll start with the Cougars on Aug. 1. That's it for now.

APR, Bland and Gesser news from WSU

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A busy day for those of us at Cougar Central, what with trying to sift through the debris of the APR results for the local Division I colleges as well as deal with the latest Louis Bland news. Oh, and some rumor control. For more on all that, read on.

A Friday morning post from Pullman

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It's been a couple days since we had anything substantial to pass along, but that's changed, so read on.

Some stories to pass along on a Tuesday

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Nothing huge to pass along this morning, but enough second-level news that it's worth putting together a post, so read on.

Financial windfall headed to WSU

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We spent a little time this week looking at Washington State's financial future. The result was a couple stories and graphics we ran in today's Spokesman-Review. For that, more thoughts and some links, read on.

Friday morning from WSU

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We've been awake for a while and though there is little in the way of Washington State news, we thought we would share what we had found around the conference – and from Pullman.  So read on.

WSU news – and a question

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When it comes to Washington State University athletics, it is already summer time. Though today's weather says something different. But school is out and the news is slim. But not non-existent. Read on.

Ten pounds later, we’re back on the beat

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Where were we? Oh yeah, Pullman. Go away for a while and the whole town changes. Read on.

A final spring football Sunday post

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It's Sunday morning in Spokane, the sun is out and the birds are happy. All's right with the world. And well it should be. Spring football is officially over. We have more on the denouement, Saturday's spring game at Joe Albi Stadium, and some other thoughts, so read on.

WSU ends spring with 38-3 Crimson win in scrimmage

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Spring football is over. And Washington State won. But has anyone ever lost in the spring? We have more on the final day, so read on.

WSU about to kick it off in Spokane

 

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Well, the beer garden is full. The stands, not so much. But there is almost an hour before Washington State's spring game begins. There are a few people staking out spots, including yours truly (those are in the press box). We have some thoughts, so read on.

WSU set to end spring in Spokane

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It's about six hours until Washington State hits the Albi Stadium turf for the Crimson vs. Gray spring game. There's a sprinkle right now, and that probably needs to go away if the Cougars want to draw a big crowd. There's a rumor that always goes around about Spokane fans being of the fair-weather variety. As someone who was part of that collective for many years (and sat out in many cold, wet games at Albi), I don't think it's true, but if the light rain doesn't go away, we may just find out today. Read on for more on football and DeAngelo Casto's decision to leave school early for pro basketball.

WSU has one last spring trip

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Dateline Pullman. This will be our last report from the wilds of the Palouse for a while. We are making the dangerous trek up 195 to Spokane today, then hunkering down in anticipation of tomorrow’s spring game. We’ll be blogging from the big city over the next couple days as we wrap up spring and all that entails. Then it’s off on vacation. But before we can fly out of here, we have to finish our coverage. Read on for more from WSU and the Pac-12.

WSU’s practice finishes on down note

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Standing out on Rogers Field this evening, I was struck by how calm this spring seemed to be. And, no, I wasn’t admiring the weather. Very little in the way of drama, no big injuries, nothing. And then the calm was broken. Read on.

Thompson leans and football winds down

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There are not many more Washington State University sports stories left in the 2010-11 academic year. Sure, spring sports are in full bloom, but the biggies, the crowd-drawing sports, football and basketball, are winding down. After nine months. Spring football ends in Pullman today with the last practice on Rogers Field scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. And basketball will be done sometime in early May, when the roster questions for next year are finally settled. We have more on both, so read on.

WSU fine-tunes kicking game

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As we buzz around the interweb looking for stories to link, our eyes are sometimes drawn to the ads on the websites. The one that caught us today like a fly in a web was a video for the Pima County Fair down in Tucson. The people looked as if they were having so much fun. Riding rollercoasters, eating hot dogs, walking with friends, good times. The mind wanders when vacation is just around the corner.  We got back to searching for stories. Read on.

WSU’s last week of spring has warm start

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The final week of spring football kicked off this afternoon in the best weather since last October. Figures. Football starts to wind down and it gets nice. Well, maybe it will rain Thursday, I'll be miserable and have something to complain about. One can only hope. For more, and the answer to a question I said I would ask, read on.

Tuesday morning WSU links and notes

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Couldn't ask for a prettier day, with the sun shining, not a cloud to be seen and warmth on the way. It's almost as if Nike has rebranded April. Maybe it can pay my taxes as well? There is some Washington State news to report, so read on.

WSU and its new uniforms

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Just got home from the Washington State uniform-unveiling event. Some thoughts and photo links, so read on.

Monday notes from WSU

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It's a springtime Monday, which means there aren't a lot of links to pass along. But there are a couple of things to talk about, so read on.

More for a Sunday from WSU

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Ever get that antsy feeling as you near vacation? You know, the one that forces you to start making lists of everything you have to get done before you can leave? Me neither. That's why, on the desk next to me, is a list three-miles long of things I've got to do before the middle of next week. Atop the list? This Sunday's morning post. Read on.