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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Another Take On Moos' Statements

Well, we've created quite the bleep-storm below, haven't we? Funny how we go from unmitigated Paul Wulff apologists to haters and pot-stirrers thisfast. Remember, folks -- we're just trying to look at what's out there and interpret what it means, whether it's something that happens in a game or public comments from the athletics director regarding the employment status of the coach of any school's most high-profile athletic team.

Some people clearly aren't happy about this. Regardless, we'll continue to do our best to present a balanced view of what's going on and give you the space to talk about it in a civil and constructive manner. For the most part, that's what's happened. Keep up the good work. You guys are easily the best community of Cougars around.

In the interest of that balance, here's Vince Grippi's brief take this morning on the comments from Bill Moos:

He’s said all along he wouldn’t make a decision on Paul Wulff’s status until the end of the season and he reiterated that, I guess, yesterday. What would he be looking for over the course of the year? He said he wanted to see signs of progress. And if he didn’t? Well, he never said, but the unspoken aspect of those words always was, if there are no signs of progress, he would at least contemplate a change. Seems like he’s still in that wait-and-see mode while saying, once again, he supports Paul Wulff. Not that anything he says will dampen others’ opinions. That’s the nature of college football.

And if you're wondering if I've changed my mind from yesterday? I haven't. I've seen these sorts of comments too many times to toss them aside. But as we've seen, there's plenty of room for disagreement, which is healthy (and encouraged!) if done in the right way. So keep it up.

On to the links!

WSU News

Looking ahead to SMU - SportsLink - - Sept. 13, 2010
Washington State will also be looking for its first road victory of Paul Wulff’s tenure, now in its third year. A win Saturday takes the heat off Wulff and would give the Cougars some confidence heading into the Pac-10 season.

The Washington State University football team is looking for its second-straight win in 2010, and a second-straight win over SMU, Saturday (Sept. 18), at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Kickoff between the Cougars and Mustangs is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (PT), and the game will be televised live by CBS College Sports. Fall baseball in swing; Marbut likes outlook
Marbut doesn’t have much time for football these days. Fall baseball practice began last Monday, and by the time the fall session ends Oct. 20, Marbut hopes to have a much better idea who’s going to help lead the Cougars to the College World Series next June. "We feel we have enough talent to win a league (Pac-10) championship. But you look at the league, and you could be in eighth," Marbut said with a laugh.

Betland Leads Cougar Women at Season-Opening Event - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Sophomore Emma Betland led the Washington State University women's golf team at the season-opening Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational at the Circling Raven Golf Club, Monday.

Cougars Meet Gonzaga Tuesday Night in Bohler Gym - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The Washington State University volleyball team (5-4) hosts Gonzaga (2-10) Tuesday, Sept. 14, in a 7 p.m. match in Bohler Gym

The Washington State University men's golf team is hosting the second-annual Palouse Cougar Collegiate at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club, and the team completed Monday's first round with a one-stroke lead.

Fournier and Vasilieva Receive ITA Preseason Rankings - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Elisabeth Fournier and Liudmila Vasilieva have each received preseason rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for the 2010-11 season. Out of 125 selected athletes, Vasilieva was ranked 40th and Fournier was ranked 43rd.

Pac-10 News

'Measuring Stick' Saturday awaits Pac-10 - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
How many BCS conferences play four nonconference road games in one weekend? How many BCS conferences play four ranked nonconference foes in one weekend? Heck, how many BCS conferences play nine respectable nonconference foes in one weekend? Not many.

Quick previews: Pac-10 Week 3 - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
Washington State (1-1) at SMU (1-1) (CBS College Sports, 3:30 p.m.): The Cougars shocked SMU in overtime last year. That's why the Mustangs might not overlook this game. Up next: USC.

Sports: Home | "Inside Pac-10 football: A case for a perennial conference clash" | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon
Here’s a thought: ... A weekend or two of the Pac-10 against the Big Ten, in their 12-team formats. "That sounds fun, just off the top without having thought about it much," OSU coach Mike Riley said. "There could be some intriguing matchups."

Other Stuff We Like

Top 25 Colleges Ranked By Recruiters -
25. (tie) Washington State University Four campuses with 12 colleges make up this Washington school, which is across the state -- or about 300 miles -- east of Seattle. There are four campuses with 12 colleges offering more than 200 fields of study and more than 100 majors. The student/faculty ratio is 15:1. (H/T well you win some and lose others)

College athletes making bad decisions - The Daily Evergreen Online - Sports - College
Did you hear the story about the naked, 300-pound offensive lineman who charged officers from a three-point stance after a crazy night of drinking? Well, now you have. This is one of the more entertaining stories of college athletes gone wild, but there are many more. In honor of Thomas, I researched some of the stupidest crimes college football players have committed. (Congrats, from all of us at CougCenter, on your first column!)

Mr. Anonymous: Agents In College Football Are Everywhere –
This week our anonymous player talks about agents in college football. While we’re now learning about how prevalent they are thanks to North Carolina and Reggie Bush, "Mr. A" explains just how out of control the situation really is nowadays.