HOT COUGAR ACTION: Be On The Lookout For Pac-12 Analysis

There's really not a ton out there right now, but I will go ahead and tease a post that Brian will have up here in the next few hours regarding the news about the potential revenue sharing agreement for the new Pac-12. If you want to be well-versed before that conversation takes place, you can read Bud Withers' piece at The Seattle Times here, and Ted Miller's take here.

In lieu of any other major news, enjoy this video of the basketball team practicing last Friday! Hooray for layup lines! I kid about that. But I did notice a couple of things watching that video.

First, Brock Motum does actually legitimately look bigger. I'm fairly shocked, to be honest. Second, Patrick Simon looks like he could carry another 30 pounds of muscle on that frame, which just might turn him into a beast both inside and out in the Ryan Anderson mold. I'm suddenly feeling a lot better about the frontcourt, actually. We know Motum can play -- if he's ready for the contact mentally, he might begin to realize his considerable potential. And if Simon can just rebound a little ...

WSU Men's Basketball Practice Oct. 15, 2010 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

On to the links ...

WSU Football News

WSU begins prep for Stanford - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 18, 2010
Mizell returned to the middle, joined by Sekope Kaufusi at Will and Myron Beck at Sam for all the reps with the ones. Freshman Eric Oertel worked at the Sam and he should see action this weekend.

First Look: WSU at Stanford - Spokesman.com - Oct. 18, 2010
What it means for WSU: The Cougars have been competing for stretches in their Pac-10 games, though never long enough to have a chance to win in the final minutes. A big part of their ability to compete comes from playing tougher, being more physical for longer stretches. In Stanford, that physical philosophy gets its sternest test because the Cardinal pride themselves on being the toughest team in the conference. If the Cougars can match the Stanford macho attitude, it bodes well for the future.

Scout.com: NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Six
An injury to New Orleans running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas meant a call to duty for Ivory, a rookie free agent surprise for the Saints. Unfortunately, his emergence in the Big Easy backfield has coincided with felony charges being filed against him in Whitman County for a 2009 assault. The news didn’t seem to distract him on Sunday, however, if his 158 yard rushing performance is any indicator.

Other WSU News

Scout.com: Cougar women's hoops: In focus
Photo gallery.

Volleyball Hosts Arizona State, No. 25 Arizona - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The Washington State University volleyball team (6-11 overall, 0-7 Pac-10) is home in Bohler Gym for the first time in 3 weeks...Cougars host Arizona State (8-11, 3-4) Friday, Oct. 22 and meet No. 25 Arizona (14-6, 3-4) Saturday, Oct. 23.

Pac-10 News

Conference race update - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN

BN Pac-10 Power Poll: Week 7 - Bruins Nation
10) Washington St. Cougars, 1-5- Another week gone by and another loss for the Cougars, but nobody can deny that the program is really taking some positive steps. While the offense had been the source for most of Wazzu's optimism in recent weeks, it was the defense who showed some positive signs when the offense was out of sync in the Cougars' 24-7 loss to Arizona. ... The Cougars still aren't winning games and likely won't this week versus Stanford, but they're not being embarrassed anymore which is a big step forward.

Quick previews: Pac-10 Week 8 - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
Washington State (1-6, 0-4) at No. 12 Stanford (5-1, 2-1), FCS, 5 p.m.: The Cougars have played three consecutive competitive games. They are getting better. But Andrew Luck and Stanford, coming off a bye, might be too physical on both lines for the young Cougs.

Oregon offense installation videos | Smart Football
As usual, required reading if you want to be ... uh ... smarter.

Other Stuff We Like

BCS Standings: Oklahoma, Oregon, Auburn, Boise State Fans React - SBNation.com
The release of the first BCS standings of the season, if nothing else, give the media the story lines that we can hopefully ride out 'til January 10th without having to learn a lot of new names. Right now it's X's championship to lose, with Y and Z hoping for chaos. With the release of the BCS standings, the respective fandoms of college football have fallen in line to their own narratives, from cautiously optimistic to giddy to paranoid.

Could Harrison Barnes Be The Best Player In College Basketball This Year? - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
(With video!)

THE CFB BUYERS' GUIDE: COORDINATORS - Every Day Should Be Saturday
This week: Coordinators may not be front and center in your program's household, but they play an integral role in ensuring that things run smoothly. Which ones are worthy of your hard-earned dollar?

Post-VerbaCon (10/18) - The Solid Verbal Podcast
Ty and Dan do their first show since meeting face-to-face in Lincoln, Nebraska and rehash VerbaCon 2010 as well as the other action during Week 7.  

Jeff Fisher: ESPN asked coaches to take timeouts late on Monday night | ProFootballTalk.com
I put this in here because Brian and I were marveling at how ridiculous it was that Johnson was still carrying the ball at the end. No we know why. And it's no less ridiculous.

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