Mark's note: If you don't have Pac-12 Network, you may want to go ahead and skip ahead to the links, because the next 200 words won't have very much interest to you.
When the Pac-12 Network launched last summer, we knew it would mean more live games on TV, but there was also the possibility for original programming. The network has since unveiled several original shows and will do so again on Thursday with the launch of Timelines. The show will profile each Pac-12 school in a 30-minute episode. WSU's episode will air at 7:30 p.m. PT on Thursday on Pac-12 Washington.
WSU's episode of Timelines will cover more than just the football team. Here are all the details:
In 2012-2013, Washington State had student-athletes making school history - Kristine Felix won the Coug's first ever Pac-12 Championship in pole vaulting, Mallory Kent tied a school record for lowest single round score of 66 in the final day of the Pac-12 Golf Tournament, and freshman Lia Galdeira was the top scorer for the Cougs' Basketball team. This episode of Timelines includes highlights from Football's Apple Cup Victory, the Women's Rowing NCAA appearance and a feature on Baseball's twin brothers Jason and Michael Monda.
Following the show, Pac-12 Washington will air the Apple Cup version of Football in 60. If you are looking for something to do from 7:30 to 9 p.m., you could do much worse. A preview of Timelines can be found on Pac-12.com.
2013 Pac-12 Pre-Season Position Unit Rankings: Linebackers - Pacific Takes
9. Washington State (Darryl Monroe, Cyrus Coen, Justin Sagote, Eric Oertel) The Cougars' defense has been scary in recent seasons, but the emergence of guys like Monroe and Coen give them hope for the near future. Monroe was one of the best freshman linebackers in the conference last year and Coen is an emerging standout.
Preseason position reviews: Receiver - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Washington State: While there's no Marquess Wilson among the returning guys, this is a deep crew: Brett Bartolone, Gabe Marks, Dominique Williams, Isiah Myers, Bobby Ratliff and Kristoff Williams caught between 53 and 22 passes last year. Phil Steele ranked the Cougars 28th in the nation at this position.
The Daily Evergreen has an interview with Junior Longrus.
The Daily Evergreen Online - Longrus says Cougs better than their 2012 record
In his first year with the Cougars, Longrus recorded 65 rebounds and blocked 20 shots while averaging just over 10 minutes a game during the regular season. "Those were two areas that as a freshman, even if I had no skill at all, I thought I would be able to come in and help the team in that regard," Longrus said. "I could help fill that void and it would get me more minutes on the court."