HOT COUGAR ACTION: Wrapping Up The Ninth Spring Practice

The WSU football team is now three-fifths of the way through spring football. The ninth practice, like the previous eight, had both good and bad moments. Mike Leach called the team and skeleton sessions "better than average." However, that came after he stopped practice to have the offense complete 30 up-downs for a lack of effort.

Christian Caple, Brian Floyd and the wsucougars.com blog all recapped the practice. Eric Oertel's name popped up again, continuing the theme of spring football. Either Oertel is slipping Brian and Christian $5 bills after practice for name dropping him or he is making a ton of plays this spring.

FB: Mike Leach after practice! 4/10 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

FB: Jeff Tuel after practice! 4/10 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

FB: John Fullington after practice! 4/10 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Football

Spring Practice Recap: Horton INTs - Washington State University Cougars
Washington State returned to the practice field Tuesday afternoon, working out in helmets and shoulder pads under the sun on Rogers Field.

Pot charges dropped against WSU linebacker " Kitsap Sun
Marijuana possession charges have been dismissed against Sekope Kaufusi, but it remains to be seen if the former starting linebacker will be reinstated to the Washington State football team.

WSU tackle Forbes keeps busy during spring - Spokesman.com - April 10, 2012
PULLMAN – Washington State’s first-team offense took the field for its scrimmage on Saturday. Rico Forbes was at right tackle.

Cougars start slow on Day 9 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - April 10, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach said his team had its slowest start of any practice yet this spring on Tuesday. No wonder things seemed quieter. We still have plenty of news and notes, so read on.

Basketball

Pac-12 basketball: Projections for the 2012-13 race | College Hotline
As with my early top-25 for next season, look for a revision later this spring once rosters are set. In addition to spring signings, there’s always a chance players could transfer, flunk out, get booted off, etc.

Baseball

Baseball - Washington State 10, Portland 0: Pilots give up six runs in fourth en route to blowout loss to Cougars | OregonLive.com
The Washington State Cougars broke open a close game with a six-run fourth inning before cruising to a 10-0 win over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference baseball game played on Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. WSU's Derek Jones hit a grand slam during the fourth-inning outburst.

Cougars Whitewash Pilots - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PORTLAND, Ore. - Derek Jones hit a grand slam and four pitchers combined for a shutout as Washington State defeated Portland 10-0 in nonconference baseball, Tuesday.

SportsMinds: Congratulations, Derek Jones: WSU All-Time HR King
If chicks dig the long ball, Derek Jones has them covered.

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