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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Football Recruiting And Women's Basketball

A few things to get to today, so I'm going to mix it up a little with the format and use a few bullet noted sections to cover the important stuff, with more links after the jump.

Football Decommits

Four players from WSU's 2012 recruiting class decommitted Monday, I'll cover each briefly.

-- Vershad and Rashad Jackson: Kyle already covered this news with this post last night. Want more Rancourt analysis? Upon hearing the news his response was, "Damn. They are so fast."

-- Travis Gardner: This news comes from's Brandon Huffman.

--Fernando Villanueva: Villanueva switched his commitment from WSU to San Jose State yesterday.

Women's Basketball

The WSU women's basketball team hosted No. 14 Louisville and came up just short losing 75-71. It sounds like there was a debatable timeout/jumpball call late in the game with WSU down two. Here are official stats from the game.

Louisville holds on to beat WSU - - Dec. 19, 2011
PULLMAN – Washington State didn’t get too many breaks down the stretch but the Cougars kept clawing until an unusual ending allowed No. 14 Louisville to escape Beasley Coliseum with a 75-71 women’s basketball win Monday.

Washington State Loses To No. 14 Louisville, 75-71 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Ireti Amojo had 22 points to lead Washington State (6-5) in 75-71 loss to No. 14 Louisville on Monday night. Shawnta' Dyer scored 16 points and Shoni Schimmel for Louisville.

Close, but Cougs fall to No. 14 Cards - SportsLink - - Dec. 19, 2011
What a nice drive home from Pullman - hard to believe Christmas is almost here. Also hard to believe that's my last road trip for The Spokesman-Review, but that's another story. Kudos to the Washington State women's basketball team, they battled another ranked team, but they need to pull out one of these. This time it was No. 14 Louisville escaping Beasley with a 75-71 win.

Women's Basketball Post-Game Press Conference 12/19 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WBB: Cougs nipped by Cardinals. 12/19 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Tuesday WSU Sporcle Quiz

Everyone seemed to enjoy Kyle's quiz last week, so here is another. This is a good one for you WSU basketball historians.

Pac-12 Network continues to build - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
The Pac-12 Network announced the hiring of Leon Schweir as its Senior Vice President of Production and Operations on Monday. Schweir was one of the key players during the launch of the Big Ten Network.

Cougs beat up on Western Oregon - WSU Blog articles -

The Cougs got off to a slow start on Sunday, but turned it around for a comfortable 66-42 win over Division 2 Western Oregon. At half they were only up three points on the Wolves, 28-25.

Conference power rankings: Pac-12 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

7. Washington State: The Cougars moved to 7-4 with Sunday's relatively painless home win over Western Oregon. That's good news, I suppose.