HOT COUGAR ACTION: Cougars Getting Healthy as First Game Nears

In the Sunday morning edition of this link post I mentioned a few story lines to keep an eye on this week. One of them was the status of a few players with minor injuries. WSU got some good news on that front Tuesday, as a number of players returned to practice.

Travis Long came out to practice suited upHe was joined by Jordan Pu'u Robinson. And Aaron Dunn. And Nolan Washington. And Brandon Golden. All had been suffering from a variety of injuries, from Long's knee to Golden's ankle

Three. More. Days.

WSU football Tuesday practice reports.

Wulff meets with the media - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 30, 2011
Coach Paul Wulff just finished his Tuesday afternoon local press conference and the subjects ranged from facing Idaho State and its coach Mike Kramer – who has a long history with Wulff – to personnel questions among the Cougars. Read on.

Post-practice post from WSU - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 30, 2011
Coach Paul Wulff's radio show is about to begin and we don't want to miss all the excitement, so we'll keep tonight's post-practice post short. Read on.

Football Practice: Coach Paul Wulff Teleconference and recap - WSUCougars.com
Tuesday saw the Cougars return to their regular 3:45 practice time, holding a two-hour workout in full pads on Rogers Field...here is the video from coach Wulff's weekly teleconference...a practice recap link is below. 

A first look at Idaho State

Blanchette: Kramer revels in Pocatello opportunity - Spokesman.com - Aug. 30, 2011
There is a little known codicil in the college football constitution that requires a coach in a new job to play his former school, square off against an old compadre, rekindle some old hostilities or just turn back the clock in a season’s infant stages.

Cougars Notebook: Opposing coaches go way back " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — The Idaho State Bengals are four-touchdown underdogs in Saturday's season opener at Washington State, but Bengals coach Mike Kramer has figured out how to beat the spread.

Kramer, Bengals discuss opening game of season - Kramer, Bengals discuss opening game of season: Local
  When the Idaho State Bengals make the trip to Pullman, Wash. for their first ever matchup with the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, it will be a homecoming of sorts for head coach Mike Kramer.

Because six football links weren't enough, here are four more

A look inside the Cougars football team | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
A look inside the 2011 cougars football team

NCAA Football Preview - Washington State Cougars > NCAA Football > News
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Sports Network) - The last winning season for the Washington State Cougars was in 2003 (10-3), and since then the squad has regressed. WSU claimed just three overall victories in 2008 and 2009 combined, and while the expectations entering the 2010 season were not high, the hope was that the team could at least take a step in the right direction.

Pac-12's new teams start, end first week - Spokesman.com - Aug. 30, 2011
PULLMAN – This is the first week of Pac-12 football and it is fitting the conference’s two newest members bookend the games

College Football Expansionapalooza: Examining The Four-Conference 'End Game' - SBNation.com
We always talk about the "four 16-team conference" scenarios as the conference realignment end game, but without dissolving all conferences and starting over, that really isn't an option.

I have no idea why this is on a Husky blog, but an interview with Reggie Moore.

Husky Men's Basketball Blog | Reggie Moore: "In terms of grades, I had a D last year" | Seattle Times Newspaper
Reggie Moore held no punches weeks ago during an insightful and entertaining interview with the Washington State junior. He admitted last year he was "going through the motions" at times and graded his overall performance harshly despite playing most of the season while recovering from a fracture in his left wrist.

The return of Paul Wulff press conference faces

Paul Wulff Interview 8-30 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

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