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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Opener just about here for Vandals 

Fourteen FBS games are on the docket Thursday night to start the college football season, and one of them will take place in the freshly remodeled Kibbie Dome when Idaho and Bowling Green square off at 6. We've got lots to get to regarding the…

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WSU focused at Wednesday's practice 22 

COUGARS Practice is over for Wednesday afternoon. Which means just two more practices, probably neither in full pads, before the opener Saturday vs. Idaho State. We have a few things from practice and some other, more personal, thoughts, so read on.

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Quarterback Gaven Deyarmin (center in white) returns for his third season as a starter and team leader for the Central Valley Bears. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Prep football teams getting ready 45 

UPDATE WE'RE ABOUT 30 hours away from kickoff in the first Washington prep football game. Can you smell pork (pigskin) in the air? Our combined college and prep football preview section that will be included in Thursday's newspaper. It should be a good read full…

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The first game is getting closer 

COUGARS Can you remember back to, say, when you were eight? And that week before Christmas? Remember how the time seemed to pass by so slowly? Every day seemed like a week, every hour like a day. Christmas would never come. Well, this week is…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Wulff meets with the media 

COUGARS Coach Paul Wulff just finished his Tuesday afternoon local press conference and the subjects ranged from facing Idaho State and its coach Mike Kramer – who has a long history with Wulff – to personnel questions among the Cougars. Read on.

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WSU prepares for Idaho State 

COUGARS What type of team is Idaho State? Well, no one really knows. It's easy to look at last year's record (1-10 and winless in the Big Sky) and figure the Bengals are just this side of hapless. Last year they were. But that was…

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MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2011

Olson era begins

Andy Olson was introduced as the Shock's new head coach Monday and the 28-year-old addressed several topics of interest (Erik Meyer, Kyle Rowley, Raul Vijil, his coaching staff). Click here for more on Olson and his plans here. Update: Here's John Blanchette's take.

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UI's top two WRs could be out for opener

Justin Veltung's injury is well known -- Idaho's top receiver has been battling a turf toe injury since the first scrimmage of fall camp. But Preston Davis' is a recent development, and it will keep him out of the season opener against Bowling Green --…

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It's finally game week at WSU 

COUGARS Unless you have been on vacation in Antarctica or pulling a Rip Van Winkle at the lake, you probably realize the college football season begins this week. So we don't have to remind you that the Cougars host Idaho State on Saturday. We'll have…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 28, 2011

Crusenberry to remain on Olson's staff

The Spokane Shock on Sunday confirmed the hiring of Andy Olson as their new head coach and Olson confirmed that line coach Travis Crusenberry will remain on staff. Majority owner Brady Nelson said a press conference announcing Olson’s promotion from offensive coordinator to head coach…

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Sunday morning links from WSU 

COUGARS It's Sunday morning, the day your daily newspaper swells to the size of the roast we're having for dinner. And, because it is the Sunday before college football season begins, those papers are full of stories about Wossamotta U. We link those stories, though,…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2011

Eags rest starters is Saturday scrimmage

Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin gave his starters the day off on Saturday and scrimmaged with second- and third-stringers. But he still found plenty to like about the performance of his younger players. You can get an early look at the scrimmage story that…

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Update on UI's injuries, rotation 

Less than a week from the Vandals' season opener against Bowling Green, and we've got lots to get to tonight regarding the team's health and rotation. Read on if you're interested. UPDATE: You can read an early version of my Sunday story on the Idaho…

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Spokane receiver Andy Olson gets a good shove into the boards from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Chris Royal. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Olson will be next Shock head coach

Just filed this update to our Web site on offensive coordinator Andy Olson being selected as the Spokane Shock's new head coach. He replaces Rob Keefe, whose contract wasn't renewed. Olson is pictured above in his Shock playing days as a wide receiver. Click here…

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A last post from preseason camp

COUGARS The preseason camp is over. Long live game week. If there is anyone more ready for this week to close than the Washington State players, I haven't met them. Scratch a player and the blood would write "I want to hit someone in another…

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Saturday morning links from WSU

COUGARS With the high today expected to be somewhere in the 90s, it's a good thing Washington State is holding a morning practice. Especially for the offensive linemen, who have a tendency to sweat a bit more than most of their teammates. The other unintended…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Zags, Cougs tip off ESPN hoops marathon

Gonzaga and Washington State will be the opening game in ESPN's fourth annual College Hoops Tip-off marathon, which will include 17 men's games and two women's games. The Cougars visit GU in the McCarthey Athletic Center at 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, a midnight…

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Shock conduct four interviews

Spokane has now completed four interviews -- current offensive coordinator Andy Olson, former O.C. Matt Sauk, Chicago Rush O.C. Sherdrick Bonner and veteran arena coach Chris MacKeown. Majority owner Brady Nelson didn't rule out additional interviews. "Tough choice," said Nelson, who has returned to Spokane…

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