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WSU defensive change adds up to success


The Cougar D is, to paraphrase our best wordsmith, John Blanchette, receiving nothing but A's this season thanks to being more flexible at math.

The defense is playing a 3-4 front more than ever in the Bill Doba defensive-era, and it's paying off – to the tune of a 3-2 Pac-10 record.

In his column this morning, John delved into the reasons behind WSU playing a 3-4 – you probably know most of them – and the coaching staffs feelings about it – some things you probably didn't know.

But the stories about the Cougar defense don't stop there. Glenn Kasses notebook available as well and his blog carrying even more news.

The Seattle Times also highlights the defensive changes. The News Tribune went a completely different way, examining kicker Loren Langley's poor game – on three levels – against UO.

Former WSU athletic director Jim Livengood came out this week in support of University of Arizona football coach Mike Stoops. The Tucson Citizen's Corky Simpson had an opinion about that. The Wildcats have a bye this week before traveling to Pullman on Nov. 4.

This piece from contains praise about WSU. Scroll down to the bottom of the top 25 where the writer is talking about Oregon.

UPDATE: The Sports Network's advance of the UCLA game can be found on KIRO's site in Seattle.

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