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WSU hires Kramer


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A short story on a hire in the football office. You might recognize the name. Read on.

WSU faces Arizona invasion


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Despite there being only one Pac-10 game – it was a pretty fun game to watch, don’t you think? – on FSN yesterday, there is a decent amount of news available. We’ve got a few links available, so read on.

WSU loss at UW, the next day

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Before the game, I turned to Howie Stalwick and pointed to my note pad. On it was something I rarely, if ever do: a prediction of the final score. I had UW winning by 15. Boy was I ever wrong. The 92-64 shellacking (gotta love that word) by the Dawgs was hard to envision before the game and even harder to see at halftime. But it happened. We have some thoughts about how it came about along with links to chronicles of what occurred. Read on.

WSU’s Wulff can’t wait for Wednesday


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With football letter-of-intent day coming up Wednesday, we had some time this week to look at Washington State’s recruiting. I talked with WSU coach Paul Wulff as he was riding down the highway in California, where he’s spent a lot of time this past offseason. It’s seemingly paid off, what with 14 players from the state having already given WSU a commitment. The Cougar coach didn’t talk specifics – he can’t until the players sign – but he did talk about the process and how he felt it went. Read on for the unedited version of the story that will appear in Sunday’s paper.

WSU’s Moore ready for Huskies


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One game this week. In Seattle. Against UW. A place Reggie Moore would have been happy to attend coming out of Rainier Beach High, when he didn’t feel he wanted to leave home. But he had already committed to Fresno State, was stuck and went to a prep school in New Hampshire. Now he’s in Pullman. We talked with Moore this week and we have a piece for tomorrow’s paper. Read on for the story.

No Seattle game in 2010 for WSU


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Wondering which game on the football schedule will be played in Seattle this fall? Well wonder no longer. There won’t be one this season. Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk said Wednesday that the school couldn’t work out the logistics for a Seattle game. The Cougars will return to Qwest Field in 2011, however, as an agreement has been reached to play UNLV in the home of the Seahawks. Read on for our short story.

WSU earns a day of rest


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Like any Tuesday, this one will start slowly, with just a few links, then build momentum, what with WSU coach Ken Bone’s presser this morning and the Pac-10 media call. But then it will stop completely, as the Cougars have the day off from practice, which is probably a good thing, as they looked a little tired at times this weekend in LA. We’ll use the time wisely, gathering information for another beat we will be covering this spring, college baseball. But that’s for another post. Read on for WSU and Pac-10 news.

WSU ecstatic about beating USC


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We don’t want to waste your time, so let’s get right to it. By shooting 56 percent in the second half, including its last eight shots, WSU was able to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and get past USC last night in LA. As you could expect, this made the Cougar pretty happy. The locker room was pretty loud. Even Klay Thompson showed some emotion, smiling and pumping a fist after his 15-footer gave WSU a 64-58 lead with about a minute left. We have more, so read on.

A little WSU, a lot of Pac-10


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What were we talking about? Oh, ya, the WSU win over Stanford and the muddled state of Pac-10 basketball. Well, there’s not much more to say about the former until Ken Bone’s teleconference this morning. But there is a little bit to chew over concerning the latter, especially compared to yesterday morning when there was basically a barren landscape. Read on.

January games don’t get more crucial for WSU


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Really, it is only mid-January. But with three road games looming, including a trip to LA – never easy – and the rivalry with UW, if there ever was a must-win mid-January game for WSU, today just might be it. That’s if the Cougars want to make a run at the postseason. I’m pretty sure that’s a big priority around here. Read on.

WSU hires offensive line coach


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In one of the worst kept secrets around Pullman for a while, Steve Morton has agreed to become Washington State’s offensive line coach. Read on for our unedited story that will appear in tomorrow’s S-R.

WSU’s loss to Cal, the next day


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Boy it was hard to get going this morning. Think slow starts are rubbing off? Anyway, we’re up, we’re going and we’ve got links for you. Read on.

WSU’s Norrell leaves school


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We have some football news for you before tonight’s game, then we’ll get into our thoughts about Cal. Read on.

WSU’s work week begins


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Another basketball week begins in Pullman, with coach Ken Bone meeting with the media, practice for a key weekend with the Northern California schools and the Pac-10 media call. Read on for links.

WSU’s spring semester starts with news


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The second semester started at WSU on Monday. The football team welcomed three new players, but said goodbye to a walk-on and lost another hoped-for grayshirt. Plus, two suspended players are close to being reinstated. Read on.

Football, basketball news from WSU


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The future beckons, as does the interstate. We’re headed down the highway to Tucson this morning, but before we hit the road we have your morning links. There is football, as WSU adds a game for 2012 with a local team, and there is, of course, lots of basketball. Read on.

2010 WSU, Pac-10 schedule out


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The Pac-10 has finally released its 2010 football schedule. There are no surprises with Washington State’s schedule but there are a couple of anomalies. The Cougars play nine consecutive weeks to open the season, then have byes in two of the next four weeks, including Thanksgiving weekend. As previously reported, the Apple Cup is Dec. 4. Read on for the rest of the WSU schedule.

Football change, basketball news at WSU


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We’ve got a couple of items for you this afternoon, covering basketball and a change in the football staff. Plus a link or two, so read on.

Quick look around WSU this morning


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Just a quick post this morning as there is very little to pass on. But we did find a couple links. Read on.

Alfred second-team All-Pac-10


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The All-Pac-10 football teams were just announced, and WSU senior center Kenny Alfred was a second-team selection on the offensive line. He was the only Cougar to earn anything but honorable mention. There were five of those: junior punter Reid Forrest; senior free safety Xavier Hicks; sophomore wide receiver Jared Karstetter; freshman defensive end Travis Long; and senior running back Dwight Tardy. You can check out the entire list here The offensive player of the year was Stanford’s Toby Gerhart, the defensive, UCLA’s Brian Price and the coach, Oregon’s Chip Kelly.

Looking back at WSU’s season


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A pretty good size football post for you, pretty much marking the end of the 2009 season. Hey, I heard that. No more cheering. Anyhow, we have a season preview based in large part on an interview with Paul Wulff. And a short news story, though the basis of it has been available for a while. Plus, as an added attraction, the WSU players who made the Pac-10’s All-Academic team. Read on.

WSU travels up U.S. 195 to play GU


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An unusual Wednesday morning in the WSU-related cyber world, in that, with the Gonzaga basketball game tonight, there’s plenty to link from around the state. We’ll get to it all on the link. Read on.

WSU transitions from football to hoop


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We go from the Apple Cup directly into the heart of the WSU nonconference basketball schedule. From the rivalry with UW to the hardwood rivalry with Gonzaga. We have a WSU basketball notebook on the link (you can also check out the game advance from Jim Meehan on this post) along with some football notes. Read on.

WSU basketball, football news


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Where were we? Oh ya, football is over, in Pullman at least. Basketball moves to center stage. So we’ll be adjusting the morning post as well. Read on for today’s entry.

Recapping WSU’s weekend


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We have a couple of stories for you, and a couple of notes as well. It’s Sunday night, you’re probably tired after the long holiday weekend, so let’s get right to it. Read on.

Apple Cup defeat, the day after


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We have a dozen or so Apple Cup stories. We have a couple stories from the other rivalry games. And we even have two stories from last night’s basketball game. So read on for your morning post, post-Apple Cup version.

WSU loses Apple Cup, wins tourney


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Well, reading the comments it seems like football season has been forgotten and everyone is moving into basketball mode already. Well, not so fast my friends. We still have our Apple Cup game story and notebook to offer. So read on and check back in the morning for links to all the Pac-10 games. And, yes, the basketball game as well (in case you didn’t know, WSU won the Great Alaska Shootout with a 93-56 win over the University of San Diego. And Klay Thompson scored a tournament record 43 points – just two off the WSU school record as well).

UW leads 13-0 at half

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Are you loose? Think you might be available to play quarterback in the second half? Peter Roberts, are you at the game? Well, the way WSU quarterbacks are falling right and left - Kevin Lopina has left twice and Marshall Lobbestael once - anyone would be appreciated. With Dan Wagner finishing the half, it’s obvious Jeff Tuel wasn’t cleared to play. … The Cougar defense is playing well once again, though it was burned by the long touchdown pass, something that it avoided last week. … But the offense has been it’s usually mistake-prone self, what with three false starts - Steven Ayers was pulled after his second - a turnover and two big dropped passes. If the offense can’t make a couple plays in the second half, there is no chance of a comeback. It also might depend on whether Lobbestael or Tuel can play after halftime. … We’ll be back when we have our game story done. Until then …

Last thoughts before WSU-UW


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I’ve got a suggestion for future Apple Cups. Instead of holding them at Qwest Field, let’s move them to Phoenix, or LA or Honolulu. True fans will show up and we can all be warm. It’s a win-win for everybody. This cold crud has got to stop. Read on.

It’s Apple Cup day


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Took it easy last night just so I could be up early and have this Apple Cup post waiting for you. You don’t know how big a sacrifice it really was. But it is Apple Cup day, a day that comes only once a year – isn’t every day like that? – so we wanted to make it special. But sorry Todd, I still couldn’t find a Cal story and I wasn’t about to write one myself. We do, however, have lots of rivalry items from around the conference. And way too much from the Apple Cup. Read on.