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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Pac-12 Division Rumblings Not Good For WSU

Tons of stuff out there today as we lead up to the season-opener this Saturday at Oklahoma State, leading off with my latest piece at SB Nation Seattle on why the latest Pac-12 divisional rumors are bad for WSU.

Be looking for our SB Nation Pac-10 Preview, which will run on tomorrow.

WSU News

Pac-12 Division Alignment Talks Not Going Well For The Northwest - The Daily Drip - SB Nation Seattle
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News -- one of the most trusted and well-connected Pac-10 writers out there -- says the conference is leaning right now toward a north-south alignment in which the Northwest schools would be left out of California completely: Major concessions or not -- and, as a Coug, I do not quickly dismiss the prospect of more money heading into our budget -- this would be an absolutely awful arrangement for the Northwest schools.

WSU's Andrei Lintz follows Michael Roos to Paul Wulff - - Aug. 30, 2010
Lintz, 6-5, 247 pounds, was born in St. Petersburg, but emigrated with his mother and brother when he was 6. He came to Pullman from Meridian High in Bellingham, where he first starred on the soccer pitch and basketball court before earning all-state honors as a senior punter and defensive end. He also played tight end at Meridian, the position he’s played all three years at WSU.

First Look: WSU at Oklahoma State - - Aug. 30, 2010
This is a measuring stick for the Cougars. They have looked much improved on both sides of the ball during fall practice, but this game will let them know how far they have come and how far they have to go. Washington State opened the Paul Wulff era two years ago against OSU in Seattle and were in the game in the second half until a special-teams breakdown opened the floodgates. If this Cougar team is in the game in the second half, it gives it hope for the season ahead. If not, memories of the past two years may come flooding back.

Evening Practice Report - SportsLink - - Aug. 30, 2010
As for the play on the field, it was enthusiastic, more so than usual after an off day. The elixir of game prep must have worked some sort of magic. … Marquess Wilson once more made a catch that seemed impossible, beating two defenders to grab a seemingly too-long Jeff Tuel pass during the seven-on-seven skelly drill.

There's a crapload more WSU News, as well as Pac-10 News and Random Crap, after the jump.

Bud Withers | Paul Wulff needs at least a chance to succeed | Seattle Times Newspaper
Sports Illustrated wrote that Wulff needs to win "at least five" to maintain fan support. You've got it all wrong, people. Losing games should only reinforce why the Cougars need to hold onto Wulff. OK, we exaggerate. But in a Joseph Heller-Catch 22 sort of way, Wulff's 3-22 record in two years only helps underscore why WSU ought to see his regime through. New Monday practice works for Tuel
On the field Monday, Jeff Tuel and the offense looked sharp. In 7-on-7 drills, Tuel threaded the needle a number times, including a thing of beauty to freshman wideout Marquess Wilson. With freshman corner Damonte Horton – who will travel to and likely play at Stillwater -- in coverage, Tuel fired deep and appeared to have overthrown Wilson, but the standout freshman receiver caught the ball in full stride and fell into the end-zone for a TD. Later, sophomore receiver Gino Simone added the play of the night, when he dove full extension over the middle to haul in a 15-yard pass from Tuel.

True freshman on line | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
The No. 2 right tackle on the updated depth chart unveiled Monday at WSU lists John Fullington, fresh out of Class 2A North Mason High School. "It’s just awesome coming here as a freshman, maybe getting an opportunity to play," Fullington said after the Cougars went through a light workout Monday night in preparation for Saturday’s season opener at Oklahoma State (4 p.m., FSN). Fullington and up to eight other true freshmen will travel and possibly play for the Cougars on Saturday. Coach Paul Wulff said "there’s a good chance" Fullington will see action Saturday and throughout the season. How is the o-line playing really?
When the Cougar lines battle on any given snap, keep in mind, says Jason Gesser, there are times the defense knows exactly what’s coming. And that's an edge that can make all the difference. It's what gets lost in looking at fall camp practice and determining who won the day. Cougar Football Notebook
Washington State has won just three football games in two years, so most observers hold modest expectations for the 2010 Cougars. That’s why a 3-0 start would put WSU back on the map of big-time college football. What, you ask? Three-and-0? Seriously? Absolutely. Two deeps for Oklahoma State
Another take on the two-deep.

Cougars Open Season Saturday at Oklahoma State - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Official release from the athletic department.

USF Tourney Beckons Volleyball to the City - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The Washington State University volleyball team takes its 2-1 record to San Francisco this weekend for the Powerade/Asics Challenge Tournament hosted by the University of San Francisco...Cougs meet Tulsa (1-2) Friday afternoon, UC Santa Barbara (1-1) Saturday morning, and USF (0-3) Saturday night...all matches will be played in the War Memorial Gym (capacity 5,300).

Tony Thompson to Join Cougar Athletic Staff - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
"Tony has a great work ethic and will not only be a great resource for our current student-athletes, but he will do a wonderful job reconnecting with past Cougars and keeping them involved as we move forward," said Moos.


Pac-10 News

Coach Sark knows a thing or two about BYU - Jim Moore,
Though we're both Cougs, Coach Sark went to BYU, and I went to WSU. At BYU, students are required to follow an Honor Code or risk being expelled from school. At WSU, if we had a code, I was either not aware of it or not following it very well, preoccupied with chasing coeds and playing countless games of losers-chug foosball at the Billiard Den in Moscow, Idaho. How I graduated is one of life's mysteries on a par with Jim McMahon, the beer-swilling and hell-raising quarterback, being a BYU alum.

Pac-10 week one: Quick previews - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
Here's a quick look at the season-openers for every Pac-10 team.

What does it take to win the Pac-10? - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
This is cool: It's the introduction to "The Eliminator," which is tracking the title race in each conference. 

Pac-10 fearless predictions - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
Here are 10 "fearless" predictions in advance of the 2010 season.

Random Crap

Two For The Money - WSU Football Blog
Go learn how to become a degenerate gambler!

A REALLY NICE SET OF WINE GLASSES AND A FEW BEER MUGS. Because you'll break them by the end of the season, most likely in "accidents." Some of those "accidents" might "coincide" with "70 yard TD runs allowed late in close games." Pure coincidence, we assure you.