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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Just Another Thursday In Pullman

When I search for the articles to link in this daily post, I usually try to do it quickly. I open a bunch of links, scan them all and link to ones with something interesting. Very rarely do I read full articles, just to save time.

Today was a little big different. As I scanned Vince Grippi's piece on David Gonzales, I quickly decided this was worth reading. Most likely, I would feature it in this space, pull a couple of quotes, talk about how much you all should read it. Simple stuff really. Next, i opened's except of Ryan Leaf's new book 596 Switch, again I found myself quickly deciding to read the entire thing. Again, a fantastic read.

I've linked to roughly 1,000 articles since I started doing these daily posts and those might be my two favorite. If that chapter is any indication of the rest of the book, Leaf's book will be a must read for any WSU fan.

WSU's Gonzales refuses to be overlooked - - Oct. 12, 2011
PULLMAN – All David Gonzales wanted to do as a kid was emulate his pops on the football field. Get out there on weekends and throw his body around. Be a player just like his dad had been. EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM RYAN LEAF'S BOOK
RYAN LEAF'S new book about his four years at Washington State goes on sale this weekend. has secured this fascinating one-chapter excerpt that figures to whet the appetite for more.

Tuel returns to WSU's practice - SportsLink - - Oct. 12, 2011
There was something different about practice Wednesday. What was it? Can't put my finger on it. Maybe it was Jeff Tuel actually running around and able to be hit – though he never actually was. But he's been cleared to play this weekend and just might. Read on.

WSU hoops picked to finish near bottom of Pac-12 " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — The Washington State basketball team won 22 games and reached the NIT semifinals a year ago, but the Cougars are picked to finish near the basement in most preseason forecasts for the new Pac-12 Conference.

Four downs with Delano Howell - Stanford Football Blog - ESPN
Hard-hitting safety Delano Howell talks about facing another spread team in Washington State and what the Cardinal secondary is on the lookout for against the Cougars.

Ryan Leaf isn’t trying to rewrite his unflattering history - - Oct. 13, 2011

Slumped in a lobby chair big enough to accommodate both Ryan Leafs – before and after – the current version was exploring the challenges of rehabilitating a good life and a good name.

Big obstacle looms for WSU in Stanford | Tri-City Herald - The News Tribune

SPOKANE -- Washington State got inside the UCLA 10-yard line three times in the first half Saturday, and three times the Cougars had to settle for field goals. But coach Paul Wulff is not prepared to label that a major problem yet.