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Cougars hold court at Pac-12 Media Days

After a mostly quiet, pretty uneventful offseason, the Washington State Cougars broke their silence on Friday at Pac-12 Media Days. Below are many of the stories that my colleagues and I wrote about the Cougars and other Pac-12 teams.

-- The event is more entertainment and substance, but the chief entertainer, Mike Leach, was still pretty informative. Adam Jude and Christian Caple from the major papers west of the Cascades each have stories on WSU's quest to rebound from last year's 3-9 season.

-- On the entertainment side, get a load of this story about Leach, Rich Rodriguez and a swimsuit. Or just watch the WSU coach wail on a piñata.

-- I also filed this Media Days notebook, which includes an item on how the Oregon Ducks don't seem all that excited to welcome former Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams.

-- Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez thinks the Wildcats are ready to build on last year's season Pac-12 South-winning season.

-- California coach Sonny Dykes returns Jared Goff, one of the best QBs in college football, but spent much of Friday talking about the defense.

-- The Ducks face more uncertainty this year without Marcus Mariota to lead them.

-- The Trojans are expected to win the conference, but Steve Sarkisian still isn't feeling the love at USC.

-- The perception of Utah's football team among Pac-12 observers is improving, albeit slowly.

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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