An interesting morning what with some news on the Pac-12 expansion front, some notes out of last night's Washington State practice and a few thoughts about the rest of the season. Read on.
• Washington State: Before we get to our links, just wanted to reiterate the expectations we have concerning the comments. We don't care what your opinions are, we just care that you don't degrade others. That's happened recently and the comments have been excised. Our paper also doesn't allow profanity, so any comment that includes that will have to be excised as well. We are not allowed to edit comments, all we can do is delete them, which is too bad because occasionally someone has a good point to make but then rips into someone else, so the good point has to go as well. By the way, I don't have a dog in this fight, other than cheering for propriety. If you believe I lean any way here, you would be wrong. Sorry, but this is a job. And that job is to present to you a fact-based, balanced report. The won/loss record is a fact. The number of recruits committing is a fact. One could be considered negative, the other positive. I understand that, but I try not to see them that way. I see them as just facts. You folks can discuss whether Paul Wulff should stay or go. All I want to do is learn what the decision is, so I can pass it on to you. Here's one last fact. There is always change. It doesn't matter what anyone thinks or hopes, nothing is permanent. Change happens. We'll cover it. That's what we do. ... Now to the WSU links, of which there aren't a lot. We had our first look at Saturday's game. ... We also passed along a lot of notes following last night's practice. ... And Jeff Nusser at CougCenter wonders if this is the week the Cougars take a step backward. Could be. Stanford is one of the better teams in the nation, the Cardinal are at home, they are coming off a bye and WSU is beat up. Seems like a recipe for a lopsided game to me. ... The Arizona State game has been scheduled for 4 p.m. (PDT) on Oct. 30. There will be no TV. ... And that's about it. ...
• Around the Pac-10: Some good stuff here. ... We'll bat Ted Miller of ESPN.com in the leadoff position and let him relate the players of the week news. He also wonders how the middle of the conference will play out. Don't we all? And he looks at this week's four game. ... The Register-Guard's Bob Clark takes his weekly spin around the conference. ... Larry Scott has more to say about the Pac-12. It will all be figured out in a couple days. ... In the meantime, the Times' Bud Withers covers revenue sharing, which is a big deal around these parts. ... Washington: The overtime win made the Huskies feel a lot better. ... The two coordinators got some good news over the weekend. ... Oregon State: A bye this week, so the cupboard is bare. ... Oregon: Nate Costa just keeps working. ... Can the Ducks finish No. 1? One assistant who has been through that grind thinks so. ... To keep the ranking, Oregon must hold off the Bruins and their best player, Akeem Ayers, Thursday night. ... Cal: The best info on the Bears is contained in the Bob Clark link above. ... Stanford: Grading the Cardinal's bye week. ... USC: The Wildcat formation – isn't that so last week? – has improved Marc Tyler's fortunes. ... UCLA: Kevin Prince probably won't play against Oregon after sitting out Monday's practice with knee pain. ... Arizona State: There's a change coming at backup quarterback. .... The two Sun Devils players suspended over the weekend? Here's why. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are giving up too many sacks according to coach Mike Stoops, who also exonerated Travis Long from any blame in the injury to Nick Foles.
• That's it for this morning. We'll back later as the day wears on. Until then ...