Hot Cougar Action: Tuesday morning links

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Our daily spin around the Internet yields a few interesting results, including Bill Moos talking about scheduling.

Stop me if you've heard this before, but it's really hard to get big name opponents to come to Pullman. WSU doesn't sign home-and-home deals with schools, instead they sign home-and-buy-us-out-in-three-years deals.

The proposed Big Ten/Pac-12 scheduling alliance would have solved that problem, but it of course fell through. Bill Moos discussed scheduling issues and the failed scheduling alliance on his weekly radio show which Howie Stalwick covered.

"I think we really missed the boat there," Moos said Monday on his weekly radio show, "and I'm still a little bit upset about it, because Cougar fans would have been assured of seeing Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska in Martin Stadium, because they would have had to (come to Pullman). Trying to get them there when they don't have to is not easy."

Penn State, Michigan or Nebraska playing in Pullman. That would have been something. The thought becomes even more depressing when you look at next season's home schedule and see Southern Utah, Idaho as the two non-conference opponents.

Football:

Auburn football preview 2013: Catching up on Washington State with CougCenter - College and Magnolia
Auburn opens the year with Washington State, and if we're being honest, we don't know much about the Cougars. Luckily, there are other people on the Internet who do. Even better, they've decided to share their knowledge. Mark Sandritter covers Wazzu for CougCenter and writes about the NFL for SB Nation. He was kind enough to answer a few of our questions and give us some insight on the state of Washington State.

Cougars Notebook: Long jump champ won't defend title " Kitsap Sun
WSU athletic director Bill Moos, continuing to scramble to fill home football dates after a proposed alliance between the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences fell through last year, said he’s pursuing home-and-home arrangements with such schools as Florida State, Michigan State and Texas Christian.

Review of Pac-12 spring-football camps: Part 12 — Washington State | Pac-12 Confidential | Seattle Times
Major spring concerns – Figuring out the QB position that played a part in WSU’s struggles in 2012 . . . fostering competition on the offensive line, where there was little last season . . . improving at CB, where the Cougars have had mediocre play for several years.

Baseball:

The Cougars blew a ninth-inning lead on Monday, losing to UC Santa Barbara 7-6. The season cannot end soon enough.

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Cougars Lose Late Lead and Game to Gauchos - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Washington State 7-6 in nonconference baseball, Monday.

Washington State gives up two runs in the ninth inning to lose 7-6 | College Sports | The Seattle Times
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The efforts of the Washington State baseball team to get back to .500 suffered a setback Monday as the Cougars gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to drop a 7-6 nonconference contest to UC Santa Barbara.

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