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Freshmen focus of WSU practice


Reason No. 1,459 not to become a sportswriter. You’re on the practice field watching another form tackling drill while Roy Halladay is tossing only the second no-hitter in postseason baseball (thanks for the catch Andrew). But, boy, was that drill riveting. For more on the rest of practice, read on.

Heat on at WSU practice


How is everyone this morning? Take a moment today and walk around, feel the sunshine, enjoy the heat. If you live in the Inland Northwest, it more than likely will be your final day of 70-degree weather until spring. Build some memories because there will be days in January and February when you’ll need it. Do all that, of course, after you read on.

A busy Tuesday at WSU


The following post is going to be a long one. It’s going to contain a summary of what Paul Wulff had to say on the Pac-10 Conference media call and what he added during his local media press availability. Then it will finish with notes from practice, of which there is going to be quite a few. So much for the coming attractions. For the main event, read on.

Tuesday morning links and TV news from WSU


The reason this is a bit late this morning is simple. We have our usual morning links plus a detailed explanation about the television schedule for the week. And our boss called, so we had to take that. So now you can read on.

WSU back to practice for Oregon


A quick post following Monday’s practice is available on the link. As Paul Wulff said Sunday, there were some players moving around on the defensive side of the ball. For more, read on.

Ducks next up for WSU

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10 A.M.; 2:30 P.M.

We got up early to watch the Ryder Cup, which means I’m already hoarse. But instead of yelling at Stewart Cink for missing putts, we decided to get our morning post done. Read on.

UPDATE: Though this weekend’s home game against Oregon (a 2 p.m. start) won’t be on TV, the home game Oct. 16 vs. Arizona will start at 4:30 p.m. and be televised by Versus, according to WSU.

UPDATE 2: Klay Thompson was one of six players from the Pac-10 on the Wooden Award preseason watch list. You can see the whole list here.

Changes coming to WSU’s defense?


We’re done with Washington State football coach Paul Wulff’s post mortem on the UCLA game and have our follow story for tomorrow’s S-R done as well. We also have a few more thoughts on the links, so read on.

WSU’s loss in Pasadena, the morning after


After watching the Cougars’ offense almost do enough to overcome a UCLA rushing attack that covered more ground than Patton, we left the Rose Bowl and caught the second half of a Division III football game. But we still have more thoughts on Washington State, UCLA and comments. Read on.

Close but no win for WSU


I’m sure you watched all of WSU’s 42-28 defeat at the hands of UCLA this afternoon on television, so what I have to add may not seem to big a deal. But if you want, read on.

Some WSU pregame thoughts from the Rose Bowl


I promised a post before the game and, with Washington State and UCLA starting to warmup, I thought I better get to it. If you’re interested – or bored – read on.

Not a lot of time left by WSU kickoff


It’s game day in Southern California – or SoCal as the hip and informed call it – which means we have a lot of items related to Washington State’s battle with UCLA in the Rose Bowl. Well, maybe a lot is stretching it. Read on.

WSU headed to LA


It’s late, I know, but that’s what happens when you have to catch a couple early flights to Los Angeles. Whoever scheduled both Washington State and UW in Los Angeles the same weekend probably got a little kickback from Alaska Airlines. Anyhow, we have our morning post, so read on.

WSU done in Pullman, heads for LA tomorrow


Washington State is off the practice field for a Thursday and there was less hitting than I expected. But there is other news, so read on.

The heat’s been on at WSU practice


It’s a busy morning so let’s not waste a bunch of time with chitchat. Let’s get right to the meat of the day, the news about Washington State football and the rest of the Pac-10. Read on.

More hitting in store for WSU tomorrow


Washington State’s football team is off the practice field. We’ve talked with Paul Wulff and a couple players. We have some notes. Read on.

Wednesday morning WSU links


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.