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.
• Washington State: Last night we posted our notes from practice, which was physical in spots – don't think it was two hours of hitting, because it wasn't. Some sessions that are usually just wrapup or thud were actually live, which is aimed at improving tackling. We'll see if they took their toll on anyone today. ... In those notes from last night we included a link to Jim Moore's column from yesterday in the P-I. Reminds me a little of Hamlet. ... And yes, today is English-Lit-Reference day. ... We had our Pac-10 notebook in today's paper. Our game of the week was the obvious one, Stanford at Oregon. ... We summarized Paul Wulff's press conferences from yesterday for you yesterday, but he also had has weekly radio show. The WSU Football Blog summarizes that. ... Our hidden-link-of-the-day award goes to this one from Canada about a 6-foot-4 WSU women's basketball recruit. ...
• Around the Pac-10: Are you a numbers' guy? If you are, you'll like this post from ESPN.com's Ted Miller. ... Miller also contributes to the subject of this post. ... Bud Withers was so taken aback by Jim Harbaugh quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson – as was I – he quoted him in his Pac-10 notebook. ... Money is the root of all conversation as it pertains to conference re-alignment right now. ... Washington: The Huskies get an injured wide receiver back to practice after the bye week. ... And yes, Steve Sarkisian is ready for his first trip back to the Coliseum. ... Oregon State: James Rodgers is feeling better. ... Coach Mike Riley believes Rodgers will be able to play Saturday. Most times under the new protocols and time restraints, a player who suffers a concussion on a Saturday struggles to be cleared in time for the next Saturday's game. ... There is a sense of déjà vu at OSU. ... Oregon: Last year's Stanford game is a bad memory in Eugene. ... Chip Kelly signs a 6-year extension to his coaching contract. ... George Schroeder thinks Kellly is the right fit. ... Cal: While one guy rakes in millions in Eugene, a whole bunch of college kids just lost their opportunity in Berkeley. The Bears decide to cut six sports to save money, including baseball. ... Stanford: The passing game, despite the presence of Andrew Luck at quarterback, still needs work. ... USC: Stanley Havili didn't have long to relish his performance against WSU... UCLA: Quarterback Kevin Prince, who is just starting to come into his own, was held out of practice Tuesday after suffering a slight knee injury against Texas. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils' offense has a bunch of options. ... Arizona: The big drive against Cal may some day be known as "The Big Drive."
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after practice this evening. Until then ...