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WSU news on an AC Tuesday

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Much of what is written on the link I will disavow in the future. It was written while my fingers were shaking and my head was about to explode. Read on.

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• Washington State: You think the players are worn out from the long football season? Of course they are. But they have the curative powers of the Apple Cup to get them going. After standing out in the rain last night watching them going through their usual Monday practice, I wonder what's going to help me. Yep, all the crud that's been running through the football and basketball team – and we're not talking about injuries, just hacking and coughing – seems to have gotten tired of fighting a fit body and decided to invade mine. Nice. At least my apartment's small, so where I write is really close to anything I might need. ... On to the links. As we passed along yesterday, Connor Halliday left the ICU yesterday and moved to a regular medical floor (wonder if the room next to him is free?). He may get out of Pullman Regional Hospital today. There will be no physical activity for a while and after about six weeks he should be able to get back to exercising. His status for contact during spring football is still up in the air, but the non-contact stuff should not be a problem. Quarterbacks are rarely touched in practice anyway. ... We took our first look at the Apple Cup. ... Nick Daschel looks ahead to the game. ... Todd Milles writes about Marquess Wilson. ... Former Coug Klay Thompson is waiting out the NBA lockout. ... Now the big link of the day. The Seattle Times' Bud Withers weighs in with the pros and cons of keeping Paul Wulff as Washington State's football coach. He puts the arguments from both sides down in one place.

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• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller passes along the conference's players of the week, the Heisman hopefuls' status and takes a final look at last week. ... As the season winds down, the heat is turned up. ... Washington: Steve Sarkisian met with the press yesterday and let them know Keith Price would be back as the starting quarterback this week. ... Oregon State: Said yesterday the Beavers have a chance to build a life-long memory. Cutting Kevin Frahm's hair might fill the bill. ... The hoops team finally lost, by two to ranked Vanderbilt in a tourney title game. ... Oregon: If you're down, the rivalry game is the best way to get up. ... California: No basketball team in the Pac-12 is playing better than Cal's right now. ... Stanford: Picture Andrew Luck's place among the best quarterbacks in the Bay Area's history. ... Colorado: One Buff has found a home after moving from defensive end to tight end. ... Utah: The Utes, who thought their Rose Bowl hopes were buried a while ago, still have a shot. ... USC: Love rivalry games, especially when the pranks are well thought out. ... Robert Woods is a record-setter. ... UCLA: Not a lot of Bruins know what it's like to defeat USC. ... Arizona State: Though the Sun Devils have not won as much as people would have liked, the program seems to be in solid shape. ... Arizona: OK, we waited until the end to get to the big news of the day. The Wildcats found their football coach yesterday – and their AD tweeted the news – agreeing to terms with former West Virginia and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. It's seems to be a well-received hire, but one thing about it, Rodriguez's offense, which has been the cornerstone of his success, isn't all that out of the ordinary in the Pac-12.

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• That's all for now. There are press conferences and interviews and a practice to cover, so we'll be back then. We're feeling a bit better after typing all this, so we'll see how it goes. Until later ...




Vince Grippi
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