It wasn't by design, but the story of Eastern Washington linebacker and former walk-on J.C. Agen contrasts nicely with all the ugly stuff going down at Oklahoma State. ... We also had a lively live chat; here's the transcript. ... One sure thing about Toledo: their kicker doesn't miss. The Toledo Blade also has a nice feature on a longtime fan. Want more? Here's a link to the unofficial fan site, plus a link to the school's athletic site. ... There's seldom much local coverage of Sam Houston State, although there's this story about a major athletic fund-raising drive, and there's always the school athletic site. ... North Dakota is having problems with the running game - on both sides of the ball - as it prepares for Montana. ... Sure enough, the Grizzlies have noticed ... The best coverage of Southern Utah football is right here, as the Thunderbirds happen to be at Washington State this week. ... At Idaho State, winning isn't a given, but it's contagious.
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