Well, I've got bad news and good news.
The bad news is that there will be no CougCenter podcast this week because after a year and 50-some episodes, we finally had a recording snafu. It's my own stupid fault for switching to some new software that would have made my life easier. I tested it twice, it worked both times, but didn't work when I was counting on it. Of course.
The good news is that I spent about 20 minutes on the air with the guys from Bruins Nation talking about the Cougs in advance of Saturday's game with UCLA. You can listen to that here.
Today's a good day for some must-read stuff. Here's some of it, especially if you're counting down the days to basketball (not like we're doing that, or anything, but it is 15 days away -- just in case you were wondering):
A conversation with WSU's DeAngelo Casto - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 30, 2010
We’re back with the second in our series of preseason basketball Q&As. Today’s subject is Washington State center DeAngelo Casto, one of the leaders of a team that has no seniors.
Thompson, Washington State think worst to first - College Basketball - Rivals.com
Word out of Pullman is that Thompson’s attitude couldn’t have been any better during the offseason. Once quiet and unassuming, Thompson is now one of the more vocal players in the Cougars’ locker room and during weight-lifting sessions. He said he plans to carry that energy onto the court once workouts begin in earnest Oct. 15.
And, of course, the big football news of yesterday. Whoopsiedoodle!
Money trail ties agent, ex-UNC coach - College Football - Rivals.com
Prominent NFL agent Gary Wichard and former University of North Carolina assistant football coach John Blake have engaged in multiple financial transactions since May of 2007, a four-month investigation by Yahoo! Sports has found.
On to the rest of the links!
More hitting in store for WSU tomorrow - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 29, 2010
For the second consecutive day the hitting was intense, with the defense selling out and taking the offensive player to the turf. And for the second consecutive day there were a couple small hurts that were attended to and turned out not to be serious. But it seems like a little chancy to keep it up, and, according to coach Paul Wulff, the Cougars will be in full pads tomorrow. "We’re going to get after it again," he said. That’s rare for a Thursday.
Cougars' trip south could be one of last - Spokesman.com - Sept. 29, 2010
One thing is clear: The conference is changing. And the once sacrosanct annual trip to Southern California for the Northwest schools will probably be bargained away for a more equitable financial arrangement.
Cougar Baseball Adds to Roster for the Spring - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Fifteen student-athletes have each joined the Washington State University baseball program this fall, Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut announced, Wednesday.
Cougar Soccer Returns Home - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Washington State (4-6-0) returns to the Lower Soccer Field for the first time since the opening weekend of the season (Aug. 20/22)...Cougars host Gonzaga (4-6-1), Friday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m
Washington State to Host NCAA Rowing Championships for Second-Straight Year - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Washington State University will host the 2011 NCAA Divisions I, II and III Women's Rowing Championships for the second-straight season at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif., May 27-29, the NCAA announced.
Husky Football Blog | Woodward talks realignment, revenue sharing, and Husky Stadium | Seattle Times Newspaper
Woodward said conference ADs have come to agree, as he says, that "a rising tide lifts all boats.'' He says a healthier conference from top-to-bottom will ultimately mean more money for everyone. "There's a reason the SEC and the Big Ten are so successful financially because they equally revenue share,'' he said. "Frankly, I think that's why you have all the discontent that you have in the Big 12 because they have disproportionate sharing.''
Pac-10 football is fantastic, even for a Coug (or a Husky) - Jim Moore, SeattlePI.com
You can have the Seahawks and the NFL - for my money, there's nothing better than Pac-10 football.
What to watch in the Pac-10: Week 5 - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
The key for Wulff is this: Is his team fighting in the fourth? And is the final count respectable? If the Cougs get blitzed again by four or five or six TDs, well, things will continue to get darker in Pullman.