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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Paul Wulff Press Conference

Since we didn't pass it along to you yesterday as promised, in lieu of leading with a story that's out there, we'll go ahead and feature this:

Paul Wulff Press Conference Oct. 26 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

On to the rest of the links! (And a video!)

WSU Football News

WSU plays it cool at practice - SportsLink - - Oct. 26, 2010
Wulff spoke on the Pac-10 call and praised his team for the effort and the way it’s played the last three games against really good opponents. Whether it continues this week remains to be seen. Wulff also praised defensive end Travis Long for his toughness and said he and fellow sophomore Jeff Tuel are taking over leadership roles on the team. The Moos home is a house divided this week
BILL MOOS knew this day would come, but he thought his wife would be there to lend support. No way, Kendra Moos told her husband. Come Saturday, when Bo Moos -- the eldest son of Bill and Kendra -- takes the field for Arizona State’s homecoming football game with Washington State, Kendra will be cheering for the Sun Devils. One of the Sun Devils, anyway.

WSU football: What all this helmet-to-helmet business means to the Cougs | Moscow-Pullman Daily News Blogs
It turns out college players aren’t too keen on the recent increased attention to helmet-to-helmet contact, either.

Paul Wulff Radio Show Re-cap: 'Always Bet on the Cougs!' - WSU Football Blog

No relief in sight for Cougars | MORE TOP SPORTS - The News Tribune
Not only are the Cougars the lone Pac-10 team playing 11 straight weeks without a bye, and not only are the Cougars coming off a stretch of three straight games (and four of five) against Top 25 teams, but the Cougars now play a homecoming game on the road for the second straight week.

California, Oregon State Games to be Televised - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The Nov. 6 game against California from Martin Stadium will be shown live throughout the Pacific Northwest beginning at 1 p.m. The following week the Oregon State contest (Nov. 13) will also start at 1 p.m. and be shown by the cable network. NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Seven

Inside The Nation’s Dorkiest Fanbase: How The Washington State Cougars Flag Gets On GameDay Each Week
I normally can't stand Deadspin and wouldn't send you there in an effort to keep them from getting page views, but they have published the manual that gets sent around with the flag, which is actually kind of cool.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS | Varsity Numbers: Loving College Football
Washington State probably isn't big on moral victories right now, but it has been more than a month now since they lost a game by more than three touchdowns, and in their 20-point loss to Oregon, it was almost even at halftime. They are more fiery than they were in coach Paul Wulff's first two seasons, and it sounds like that might buy him a fourth year.

WSU Basketball News

See if you can pick out the part where Charlie makes me look good then tries to make me look bad.

WSU Men's Basketball Practice Oct 26, 2010 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Other WSU News

Cougars Cross Cascades for Conference Championships - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The Washington State University cross country teams travel to Seattle for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships at the Jefferson Park Golf Course Saturday, Oct. 30. Injuries end career for big WSU center
Third-year sophomore Jessica Oestreicher, a 6-foot-8 center from Redding, Calif., will no longer compete with the WSU women’s basketball team due to injuries, WSU said Tuesday.

Cougars Improve Following Second Round at Las Vegas Showdown - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Sophomore Emma Betland continues to lead the Washington State University women's golf team following the second day of play Tuesday at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a team the Cougars completed the second round by shooting a 297 (+9), 12 strokes better than their opening day score. WSU sits in 17th place heading into Wednesday's final round.

Men's Golf Lands Fourth At Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The Cougars concluded the fall season by finishing fourth, with a three-round score of 865 (+13), at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Tuesday in Las Cruces.

Pac-10 News

Pac-10 Football Championship Odds & Bowl Projections: Ducks Ducks Ducks - California Golden Blogs
The Oregon Ducks are the odds-on favorites to win the Pac-10; what are the odds they get to the BCS National Championship Game and sweep their schedule? If they don't sweep, can Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona or anyone else challenge them?

Pac-12 Conference: A calendar of upcoming events | College Hotline

Other Stuff We Like

Auburn is the new No. 1 team in the country according to FEI, and Cam Newton's Heisman candidacy surged forward in a relentless ground attack on Saturday. As I discussed last week in an ESPN Insider piece, the game was supposed to feature a Top 10 offense in Auburn against a Top 10 defense in LSU. After surrendering 440 yards on the ground, however, LSU's defensive FEI ranking dropped from No. 3 to No. 21, and Newton's 28 carries and 7.8 yards per attempt deserved most of the credit.

But they don't play anybody! - Block U
Utah has played a lighter schedule these past few weeks. Yet the way they're rolling teams should prove just how good they are.

College Football BlogPoll Rankings, Week 9: Auburn Leaps Into Hypothetical National Title Game -
Our week 9 college football rankings have Auburn leap-frogging Boise State to take over the No. 2 spot. Elsewhere, Missouri makes a big move up while Oklahoma falls down the poll.

CougCenter Week 9 Ballot - College Football Rankings | SB Nation College Football BlogPoll Top 25
Brian's ballot.

Cut Out The Middlemen, Not July - The Blog of the NCAA
If you start with the premise that the July recruiting period works rather than fails, the path to a new basketball recruiting model seems clear. Three major evaluation periods (roughly late-September/early-October, mid-April, and July) outside of the basketball season where attendance at nonscholastic events is permitted. A smaller number of evaluation days for use during the season to scout high school games. And removal of off-campus contacts from counting against the use of off-campus recruiting days.