Hot Cougar Action: Friday morning links

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

News and links from around the web.

Football

It's apparently never too early to resume talking about bowl games as ESPN ran a poll asking which Pac-12 teams which missed bowl games this season were most to make a bowl game next season. WSU was of course among the choices, although the Cougars weren't getting a lot of love in the poll.

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Pac-12 North: 2012 signature wins - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Washington State: One team's face plant is another's signature win. And while the Huskies face planted -- hard -- in the Apple Cup, Washington State bathed in the glory.

Poll: Who goes bowling next year? - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Washington State: A glimmer of hope rose up from the Apple Cup victory. Enough to think maybe the Cougars can turn it around in 2013. Lots of things can factor in -- like whether Jeff Tuel is granted another year (and if he opts to return) but another year in the system -- and the understanding of what Mike Leach is looking for -- could be enough to get the Cougars to six wins. Like Utah, Leach isn't used to not practicing in December.

Football recruiting

WSU landed two verbal commitments on Thursday. Kyle will cover them in depth in the near future, but until then here is some of the latest recruiting news.

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Faoliu pledges to Washington State - Football Recruiting - West Region Blog - ESPN
Washington State continues to excel in the junior college ranks with the 2013 recruiting class, as the Cougars added a commitment from defensive end Lyman Faoliu (San Mateo, Calif./College of San Mateo) on Thursday. Assistant head coach Tim Tulloch said an official visit for the Apple Cup and the experience with several players on the roster played a big role for the 6-foot-2, 275-pound lineman.

In-state battle brewing for Austin Joyner? - Football Recruiting - West Region Blog - ESPN

When Austin Joyner (Marysville, Wash./Marysville-Pilchuck) recently received a scholarship offer from Washington, he admitted he was a bit surprised.

Jason Gesser update

After a roller coaster two seasons which saw him go from running backs coach to quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator to head coach, Jason Gesser will not be a part of the new Idaho coaching staff. It's not necessarily a surprise that Paul Petrino wants to bring in his own guys, but here's hoping Gesser catches on somewhere else.

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Ex-Cougar Gesser not retained by Idaho " Kitsap Sun
The writing was on the wall for Jason Gesser when Paul Petrino became the new head football coach at Idaho, and that wall has come crashing down on Gesser.

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