HOT COUGAR ACTION: Friday Morning Notes

The home opener is now just a day away and many of you will be departing for Pullman today. If you make it there soon enough, you might be able to get an autograph from Mike Leach.

Leach will be at the WSU bookstore from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. signing copies of his book Swing Your Sword.

While you're there, you can also pick up a copy of the new paperback edition of Swing Your Sword, which now includes Leach's path to WSU. If you won't be in Pullman, you can also buy the paperback edition on Amazon.

Football

Pac-12 power rankings, week 2 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 6, 2012
Washington State (0-1, 0-0; last week: 7) – Excitement might be hushed a bit, but WSU’s schedule still suggests a 3-1 start.

Q-and-A with WSU writer Christian Caple - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 6, 2012
Christian: I think they're all so ticked off about the way they played against BYU that they really aren't focusing on who they're playing this week, because Mike Leach has been so clear that they simply need to take care of their own business and improve from last week.

Cyrus Coen will get his chance - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 6, 2012
It was the typical Thursday practice in terms of the workload — special teams, then a whole lot of scout work on both ends of the field followed by the standard "Thursday Night Football" team session for the scout-teamers at Martin Stadium.

Eagles QB Padron led SMU over WSU - Spokesman.com - Sept. 7, 2012
It’s been 104 years since Eastern Washington last played a football game against Washington State in 1908. The Cougars won that game 73-0, and also won the only other meeting between the two teams the year prior.

WSU News Center - Cougar football comes home to a new Martin Stadium
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will play the first home football game of the 2012 season and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the construction of a recently remodeled Martin Stadium this weekend, taking on the Eagles of Eastern Washington University for the first time in more than a century in a matchup that begins at noon on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Levenseller took Vandals job after almost leaving coaching - Spokesman.com - Sept. 7, 2012
Every night Mike Levenseller makes his way from the Idaho football offices to his home in Pullman. The drive is only 10 miles, but it gives him time to reflect – on his first season with the Vandals, on his 19 years coaching at Washington State, on how he almost ended his college coaching career after last fall.

Preview: Eastern Washington Eagles at Washington State Cougars - CBSSports.com
Watchability: Every time a Mike Leach team takes the field it's watchable. Well, mostly.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 2 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Kevin: Washington State 28, Eastern Washington 14. The Cougs let me down last week, but I'm cautiously picking them again this week. I think the offense gets going. The defense actually showed some life in the second half against BYU, giving hope that it will carry into this week. Ted: Washington State 35, Eastern Washington 24. If I were picking an FCS team to play, the Eagles might be the last one I'd pick -- just ask Washington. There's a reason the Cougars have avoided their neighbors since 1908. Still, I suspect the Cougs' offense will get going this week.

Cougars to re-Tuel In Time for Saturday - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |

Washington State plans to re-Tuel in time for its home opener this Saturday at Martin Stadium – the first game at the stadium since its offseason renovation.

Conversations with the President - Coach Mike Leach (via washingtonstateuniv)

WSU Football: The Cougar Football Project Tour. Sept. 6 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Athletics

Cougars To Play Five Conference Games On Pac-12 Networks - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University women's basketball will play five of its Pac-12 Conference games on television, the conference office announced Thursday.

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