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WSU goes back to the Santa Margarita well

Evidently there are a lot of crimson and gray sweatshirts walking up and down the halls at California's Santa Margarita High. And why not, a pair of graduates start for Washington State – center Riley Sorenson and receiver River Cracraft – and a third, Nick Begg is being groomed to play offensive line, or maybe receiver, unless he switches to defense.

Well a fourth Santa Margarita prospect appears to be on the way to Pullman, and maybe someday they'll all see the field together. Austin Maihen verbally committed to play football at WSU on Monday. He's recruit No. 13 to add his name to the Cougars' 2015 recruiting class and the third that is projected to play on the offensive line.

According to the recruiting websites, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Maihen chose the Cougars over scholarship offers from BYU, Kansas State and San Diego State.

The new recruit wasn't the only WSU football news yesterday. In fact, there was quite a bit of it, which means we have lots of links to pass along, after the jump.

-- The biggest news was that Mike Leach shook up his coaching staff, dismissing special teams coordinator Eric Russell. We cover that in this blog post, and our notebook, which also goes into quarterback Connor Halliday's NFL draft stock and Leach's thoughts on a touchdown that wasn't.

-- We round up the rest of the news from Leach's Monday press conference in this blog post.

-- We also take a first look at WSU's opponent, Stanford.

-- The day ended with a night practice, which saw the return of receiver Kristoff Williams.

-- Rich Rodriguez has put his rocky career at Michigan firmly behind him by getting Arizona into the top 10.

-- Has Arizona State's backup quarterback played well enough to keep the job even when the starter returns from injury?

-- Here's a look back at some of the eye-popping numbers from the WSU-Cal game.

-- A midseason report card on Colorado.

-- Nick Aliotti says the only way he'd have stayed on at Oregon was as the head coach.

-- UCLA's offensive line is feeling some pressure after giving up so many sacks.

-- Success has come in nines for USC receiver Nelson Agholor.

-- Utah's Kyle Whittingham isn't sure who will start at quarterback going forward.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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