Mike Leach and players meet the press

Stephen Dunn

Monday was once again media day at WSU with Mike Leach and four players discussing the win against USC and the upcoming came against Southern Utah.

It was press conference day in Pullman on Monday and things were positive this week as you may expect coming off the win against USC. The common theme of the day was the USC win was cool and the team isn't looking past Southern Utah. Based on that hard sell is there any way you aren't spending an hour to watch all the videos? I think not.

The nearly 30-minute interview with Leach is a must-listen for the Friday Night Lights fans in the group. Leach goes on a long tangent about his cameo on FNL, his lines, the setup, the show itself, etc. He also discusses Philly steak sandwiches and his wife's technique for making them. Oh yeah, there is some football talk too.

Marcus Mason also met the media. I will admit, this may be the first time I've ever heard Mason talk.

Dom Williams talks his big catch, his recruitment out of high school, the home opener and more.

Junior Gauta reveals the reason why he cut his hair, which involves a fault attempt at a self haircut.

Not only did he win Pac*12 Defensive Player of the Week, but Damante Horton has to lead the country in interview efficiency. No wasted words or time with Horton.

Football:

Pac-12 weekend rewind: Week 2 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Team of the week: It was inevitable that Washington State's 10-7 win at USC was going to end up being an archly negative referendum on Trojans coach Lane Kiffin, rather than a celebration of the Cougars' advancement, but the Cougs still had to make the plays to win the game. And they did. Washington State hinted at Auburn in the opener that it would be a tougher out in Year 2 under Mike Leach. At USC, the Cougars showed they are capable of winning Pac-12 games.

Quick look at Week 3 Pac-12 games - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Southern Utah (2-0) at Washington State (1-1), 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network: First meeting between the two programs. With its 10-7 win over Southern Cal, Washington State snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Trojans. It was the Cougars' first win in The Coliseum since 2000. WSU leads the Pac-12, and is sixth in the FBS, allowing just 72.8 passing yards per game.

Cougs’ Horton picks off first Pac-12 honor - Spokesman.com - Sept. 10, 2013

Senior cornerback Damante Horton isn’t much for talking about himself, or a whole lot else, really. So his anointment Monday as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week will have to speak for him.

WSU-Idaho Game Set For 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks - Washington State University Official Athletic Site

Washington State’s football game against the University of Idaho set for Saturday, Sept. 21 in Martin Stadium during Homecoming Weekend will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

Southern Utah at WSU - Spokesman.com - Sept. 10, 2013

This is one of two games on the Cougars’ schedule that most have penciled in as a sure thing – though their win over USC last week certainly lends credence to the thought they could win a few others, too.

The Early Offer: Win big for Washington State Cougars recruting - ESPN

One game doesn’t define a program, but it’s hard to put into words how significant Washington State’s 10-7 victory over USC on Saturday night was.

Football rankings:

A pair of media outlets released some new rankings. WSU is up to sixth in the ESPN Pac-12 blog's power rankings and up to 63rd in the USA Today rankings. Suck on that teams now below us.

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Pac-12 college football power rankings: Week 2 - ESPN
6. Washington State: Cougs making their move! We know you guys are irritated that the victory over USC became all about how bad USC looked, but we're also assuming the objective side of you sort of knows why. And, well, you didn't score an offensive TD. Still, great road win. Great defensive effort. Enjoy being optimistic.

NCAA re-rank: Our list from 1-125

63. Washington State (1-1, 1-0) – UP 24

Basketball:

As expected, WSU promoted Rod Jensen to assistant coach, filling the shoes created when Ben Johnson departed.

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PULLMAN, Wash.: Cougars promote Jensen to assistant coach | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
Washington State has promoted Rod Jensen to assistant men's basketball coach, taking the place of Ben Johnson, who recently left the program.

WSU promotes Jensen to hoops assistant - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 9, 2013
As expected, Rod Jensen has been promoted to assistant coach by WSU coach Ken Bone.

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