HOT COUGAR ACTION: Media Day Recap

Monday was media day at Washington State, which means we have nearly 45 minutes of press conference videos. Mike Leach was his usual self and he was joined by three new faces at media day. Connor Halliday was there, as were offensive lineman Elliot Bosch and defensive lineman Ioane Guata.

Leach spoke for nearly 17 minutes, covering every major topic and then some. Of the major points, it sounds like Leach was pleased with Halliday's performance against UNLV. He doesn't think Deone Bucannon should face discipline for the hit which he said was high but not late. Leach also seemed pleased with the performance of Gunnar Ecklund going as far to say he was WSU's second best offensive lineman against UNLV.

His entire press conference as well as the other three can be found in the links below.

Football

Mondays with Mike Leach - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 17, 2012
Mike Leach spoke with reporters for about 17 minutes today on a wide range of subjects, including his thoughts on a potential Pac-12-mandated injury report, and his favorite pirates. You'll have to look elsewhere for the pirate stuff, but we have the rest of Leach's media session below.

Even Cougs not told who'll start - Spokesman.com - Sept. 17, 2012
As the public waited to find out who Washington State’s starting quarterback would be on Friday against UNLV, so too did Connor Halliday.

WSU depth chart, week 4 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 17, 2012
Washington State's week 4 depth chart is out, and there are a few changes.

Media access to Pac-12 football practices is shrinking | Husky Football | The Seattle Times
Rodriguez, who came from Michigan, and other new coaches like Washington State's Mike Leach and Arizona State's Todd Graham, have brought their own restrictive policies from other parts of the country.

Pac-12 Power Ranking: Oregon's the new No. 1 - CBSSports.com
11. Washington State (2-1): The good news: the Cougars picked up their first FBS win under coach Mike Leach. The bad news: UNLV scored 20 first half points, which was the Rebels first time scoring 20 or more first half points on anyone since November 2010.

Quick look at Week 4 Pac-12 games - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Colorado (0-3) at Washington State (2-1) 4 p.m., FX: Colorado leads the series 4-3, but Washington State won a 31-27 thriller in Boulder last year.

Pac-12 power rankings: Week 4 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

11. Washington State: The Cougars won at woeful UNLV, and they should win Saturday at home against woeful Colorado.

Cougars Open Pac-12 Play Against Colorado - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

COUGARS OPEN PAC-12 PLAY SATURDAY HOSTING COLORADO: Washington State University opens Pac-12 Conference play hosting University of Colorado, Saturday at 1 p.m. in Martin Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by FX.

Cougars a big favorite, and therein lies a story . . . | Pac-12 Confidential | The Seattle Times

Washington State has opened as a 17.5-point favorite over Colorado in a Saturday Pac-12 opener in Pullman, and forgive the Cougars if they feel a bit out of sorts about it.

WSU notebook: Leach mum on QB starter for Saturday " Kitsap Sun

Mike Leach, the Washington State football coach, is a big movie buff. That helps explain his imaginative way of telling reporters he has no intention of revealing WSU's starting quarterback until Saturday.

Washington State news and notes - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Sports

After a controversial week that led to a USC beat reporter being barred from practice for reporting injury news, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is considering mandatory injury reports for every team.

WSU Football: Mike Leach Press Conference Sept. 17 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Connor Halliday Press Conference. Sept. 17 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Elliott Bosch Press Conference Sept. 17 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Ioane Gauta Press Conference Sept. 17 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Colorado

Football: CU Buffs set to face Washington State's high-powered offense - Colorado Daily
A pirate looks to hang 40 on the Buffs. Mike Leach couldn't have scripted a better opponent for his Pac-12 debut. A reeling Colorado program visits Pullman on Saturday to begin conference play against Washington State (2 p.m., FX).

Brooks: Smith Says Outside Noise Won't Faze Buffs - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado
Coach Jon Embree said Monday there is a chance that starting cornerback Greg Henderson (ankle) can return this week. But he made no mention of free safety Ray Polk (ankle) coming back. In the absence of Henderson, a sophomore, and Polk, a senior, CU's secondary has featured true freshmen Yuri Wright and Kenneth Crawley at cornerbacks, with freshman Marques Mosley playing safety/nickel.

Inside Pac-12 football: Jon Embree’s hot seat starts to smolder in Boulder
But how long before CU has to review the situation? Embree, as an alum, probably will be given every break possible, but is his situation much different than Paul Wulff at Washington State? And most Cougars would argue the school went too long with Wulff.

Women's Basketball

Nike McClure Makes Verbal Commitment to WSU - The Chronicle: Prep
Nike McClure, a 6-foot-3 center, made an unofficial visit to Washington State University over the weekend and, by the end of the trip, gave a verbal commitment to join the Cougars' women's basketball team after she graduates from W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

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