HOT COUGAR ACTION: One Week Until The Season Opener

We are now just a week away from the start of WSU's 2012 season. In just over 180 hours from the time of this post, Mike Leach and company will be taking the field against BYU live on ESPN.

WSU is already preparing for next week, going through a mock walk-through today. They will prepare for the game tomorrow by holding a night practice beginning at 8:00 p.m. PT. The staff used this entire week to simulate the schedule for next week, doing everything but actually getting on a plane and flying to Provo.

With only a brief walk-through on Wednesday and no media in attendance due to a scheduling mishap, there isn't much to report from practice. There are, however, plenty of links after the jump including this radio interview with Leach.

Football

WSU football live chat, 8/22 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 22, 2012
OK, it's almost 1 p.m. That means it's time to chat. Fire away.

All quiet on the Pullman front - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 22, 2012
There won't be a practice report today for a couple of reasons.

Cougars add four walk-ons to roster - Spokesman.com - Aug. 23, 2012
WSU football: Washington State has added four new walk-ons to its football roster.

Huskies, Cougars collide on recruiting trail - Washington Huskies Blog - ESPN
When it comes to reeling in recruits, both schools have something to sell. Washington offers a young, energetic staff that has the program pointed in the right direction. Washington State has Leach’s wide-open offense and the excitement that is generated with any coaching change.

BYU Cougars Vs. Washington State Cougars 8/30/12: Tyrone's Free College Football Pick Against the Spread " Sports Chat Place

On Thursday, Aug. 30 the 4-8, 2-7 Washington State Cougars and 10-3 Brigham Young Cougars begin their college football seasons on ESPN in Utah. For Independent-BYU it's an important building block to what they hope for is a bowl season.

Chat: Chat with Kevin Gemmell - SportsNation - ESPN

I'm surprised that WSU are nearly two touchdown underdogs at BYU next Thursday. I see it as a game that could go either way. Why is WSU so underrated? And who are you picking to win this game?

Avast Ye Matey: Coach Mike Leach Swings His Sword Once Again, Flies His Jolly Roger in Pullman; 2008 College Football Coach of the Year Now at Helm of Washington State Cougars – Tells CYInterview What to Look For; More | CYInterview

Coach Leach gives us a preview of the 2012 Washington State football team, as well as discussing many other topics in our latest CYInterview.

College football -- Time to see new coaches' impact on Pac-12 - ESPN

The reason there are four new coaches in the Pac-12 whom everyone has heard of is money. The Pac-12 has more of it since signing a new TV contract, so the days of Paul Wulff getting paid $600,000 at Washington State are over. His replacement, Mike Leach, is going to pocket $2.25 million this fall, 3.75 times what Wulff made in 2011.

Basketball

Trippin': Washington State transfer comes from famous rock and roll Aussie family - CBSSports.com
The sights James Hunter will see over the course of his Washington State career could very well pale in comparison to his childhood. That's because the Wazzu sophomore JuCo transfer is the son of a rock and roll star back home in Australia.

Cougars in Australia Wrap-up - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougars were in Australia for nearly two weeks, Aug. 3-16, for an international tour which included four cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Cairns) and five games (WSU went 2-3). Each day a different Cougar blogged about his day, and for the final blog, head coach Ken Boneshares his thoughts about the trip.

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