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Wulff names Tuel starter


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A quick summary of Paul Wulff’s remark’s to the assembled media in the Rose Bowl follows on the link. One piece of news, Jeff Tuel is the guy at quarterback. Read on.

Oregon picked first, WSU last in Pac-10 poll

No surprise, WSU was picked to finish last in the Pac-10 media poll. For more, read on.

Just another Pac-10 football media day

After the short, cool summer, it’s time to get back to football with a vengeance. There are a lot of items on the link, so read on. By the way, I am trying a new look today, dropping the Cougar label, to correspond to the rest of the blog. Let me know what you think.

WSU’s Dan Spitz suspended

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Washington State is a little thin at the defensive tackle spot, and the Cougars got a little thinner Tuesday when redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dan Spitz was suspended for the first nine games of the season after failing a NCAA-mandated drug test last fall. Click here for the story.

Pac-10 about to enter second year of Scott era


COUGARS • UPDATED: 12:45 P.M.

As the Pac-10 coaches tour the Big Apple (and nearby media compounds with four initials), conference commissioner Larry Scott is the man of the hour. It was just a year ago Scott oversaw his first football media day. A lot has changed since then. Read on.

Putting a new brand on the Pac-10


COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:30 A.M.

The countdown to football continues this week, with the Pac-10 unveiling a new look in advance of expansion. The conference has a new video selling itself and a new, easy-to-change logo (upper left on the video link) to brand itself. Read on for more.

• UPDATE: It looks as if the Pac-10 took the video down, because the link, that worked well this morning, is no longer active. It might have been an accidental post, as the conference looks to be launching a new site tomorrow. So you’ll have to check it out then.

Where did the summer go?


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In two weeks the 2010 Washington State University football season will begin. Two weeks. Does it seem like the offseason went by just like that? It does here. But we’re back, so read on.

Catching up with WSU news


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Sorry there hasn’t been much in the way of Washington State news here recently, but there has been a good reason for that. We explain, plus go into the status of basketball recruiting and a football injury, on the link, so read on.

A new Pac-10 and WSU


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Let’s see. I take a day off to play golf – one of the members of our scramble group not only missed a hole-in-one by an inch (I took pictures) he also rolled in birdie putt from the neighborhood of 70 feet but, alas, we did not win – and the entire world – read, Pac-10 expansion – falls apart. My bad. Before we big adieu to the PaC-16 (motto: “The C is for Texas”), let’s look at what the news means for Washington State. And, by the way, we have some hoop news. For more, read on.

Expansion zenith this week?


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It looks like the next 48 hours will define the future of college athletics as we know it. Now that isn’t too apocalyptic, is it? But it just might be true. So where do we stand? We’re sure Colorado will join the Pac-10, Nebraska the Big Ten and Boise State the Mountain West. All that was decided late last week. And we know Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott is making home visits, recruiting the likes of five-star schools like Texas and it’s buddy Texas Tech (a one-star). There were visits with Oklahoma (four stars) and Oklahoma State (two). If recalcitrant Texas A&M (three) decides to diss the conference, the backup plan seems to be Utah (I don’t think it has been given it any stars yet, but if USC decides it’s a good fit, some services will give it three). For more, read on.

NCAA throws book at USC


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This isn’t about Washington State, per se, but it may have a big affect on the school’s football program down the road. The NCAA’s ruling on USC was officially announced today. Here’s the link, which gives you the gist of the investigation’s findings along with the whole report, if you want to read it. The key elements for football: a loss of 10 scholarships a year for three years (no more than 75 players on scholarship for those years, and no more than 15 initials); a two-year bowl ban; and forfeiture of games won during the Reggie Bush era. There are also scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions in men’s basketball, wins forfeited in men’s basketball and women’s tennis and four years of probation for the school.

USC, Pac-10 expansion and WSU


COUGARS • UPDATED 9:30 A.M.

It could be D-Day for USC today. Or Pearl Harbor, if that’s your leaning. Whatever, it looks like the Trojans are in trouble. It also seems we’re getting closer to some sort of landslide toward expansion and realignment of the conferences. Those items are discussed on the link. Read on.

• UPDATE: The expansion train is rolling. Colorado accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10. See post above.

WSU posts a clean APR


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The NCAA’s APR numbers were announced today and Washington State was just fine. We have a short story on the link, so read on.

WSU news on a Friday morning


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There are a few things to cover this morning related to Washington State and Pac-10 athletics, so let’s get right to them. Read on.

Counting down to WSU’s regional appearance


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As we get closer to the weekend, there will be more Washington State baseball news, of course. But we already have some for you, so read on.

WSU to play in Hawaii this Christmas


COUGARS • UPDATED: 5:45 P.M.

A quick basketball note for you that might affect your Christmas plans. ESPN and the Diamond Head Classic are announcing today the Cougars will fill the eighth and final slot in the field for the Dec. 22 to Dec. 25, 2010 tournament. Hawaii hosts and this year the field will include Butler, Baylor, Florida State, Mississippi State, San Diego and Utah. A pretty darn tough field. As you can imagine, WSU coach Ken Bone is pretty pleased to be invited. UPDATE: We have added a short story on the link along with some football television news.

Big Memorial Day weekend for WSU


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Looking forward to your long weekend? It starts today for the Washington State baseball team, as the Cougars try to help their NCAA seeding with wins against No. 7 UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. We also have a track link for you and some news on a former WSU basketball player. Read on.

Some WSU links for Monday


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I know this is a little later than usual but … heck, no excuses. It’s just late. We have some links and notes so read on.

More on Mayes and WSU


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Just a quick post with our short story on Logan Mayes’ commitment to Washington State for football. It’s on the link, so read on.

Catching up with WSU before the weekend


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We’ve got a pretty packed work weekend, but only a little of it has to do with Washington State athletics. But before we kick in our other coverage, we do have some news, notes and links for you, so read on.

Thursday’s WSU potpourri


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Some odds-and-ends to kick off your Thursday – it is Thursday, isn’t it? – morning, with items reaching from Pullman to Orlando. An eclectic mix if there ever was one.

Charges dropped for WSU’s Casto


COUGARS • UPDATED: 4:20 P.M.

DeAngelo Casto’s legal troubles are over after the Whitman County prosecutor’s office dropped the fourth degree assault charges earlier this month. We have a short story, so read on.

Long layoff ends with WSU news


COUGARS • UPDATED: Noon, Tuesday

We’re slowly rounding back into midseason form after our injury-lengthened layoff, but it’s obvious we’ve got some work to do. Too many adjectives, a misplaced modifier here and there and a little too reliant on clichés. All things that should work itself out as the rust wears off. We have some baseball news and other notes, so read on.

Back from the brink


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Well, we’re back. Sure, it’s about a week later than we wanted to return, but we’re back. For the reasons behind the late arrival, and a little Washington State news, read on.

WSU’s penultimate spring event its biggest


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Spring football is over. Well, almost. Nearly. Just-one-more-early-morning-practice-to-go over. The last major event, heck, the only major event of the spring practices, occurred yesterday with Washington State’s spring game. We have our report, along with links to others, so read on.

Starters dominate WSU spring game


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We’ve finally put together our story concerning Washington State’s spring football game, won by the first-string groups on both sides of the ball, 21-0, an outcome that shouldn’t be a surprise. For the unedited version of our story, and some notes, read on.

A busy Saturday at WSU


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There is a lot going on in Pullman today and we’ve got new about most of it. The capper, of course, is tonight’s spring game. We’ll be there. Right now we, like you, should read on.

A look ahead to WSU spring game


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Washington State will basically close out spring practice tomorrow - there is a practice scheduled for early Monday morning – with an intrasquad scrimmage featuring a modified game format. We have an unedited version of our story about said scrimmage on the link, so read on.

WSU nearly ready to head into summer


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It’s funny. During the Washington State football practice yesterday, the No. 1 topic of conversation wasn’t who was winning the quarterback battle, who was hurt and who was healthy, or about the Cougar chances in the opener against Oklahoma State. No, the main topic was the NFL draft. Yes, a non-event (OK, I know that will rile some of you up, but so be it) that has brought the world Mel Kiper Jr.’s hair and Rich Eisen’s droll humor – not to mention about 100 guys-that-everyone-thought-would-be-stars-but-weren’t. So be it. We don’t care. We have WSU news. College stuff. Read on.

Rested WSU winding down spring


COUGARS • UPDATED: 8:05 P.M.

We have a short story for you tonight for a couple reasons. One is the printed paper has only a little space for all the news tonight and the other is John Blanchette has a Cougar-related column for tomorrow, which we’ll link in the morning (UPDATE: Sorry, I was misinformed. The column is running Saturday, so no link tomorrow). But after the story, we do have a few notes for you, including a former Cougar star making an appearance at practice.