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Basketball schedule finalized, football meets the press

The football team discussed the upcoming game against Oregon while there was a change in the basketball schedule.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

A variety of WSU news hit the wire on Monday. Let's round it up.

Cougar Hardwood Classic cancelled, basketball schedule released

Washington State was scheduled to host Hawaii in the Cougar Hardwood Classic at Key Arena, but that plan has now changed. According to a release from the school, the two schools decided to cancel the meeting. WSU will instead travel to play Santa Clara on Dec. 13.

That wasn't the only schedule news. The Pac-12 released the finalized 2014-15 basketball schedule including broadcast information for the season. WSU will play on the Pac-12 Network 19 times, Fox Sports 1 twice and ESPNU twice. Television coverage for the first three games of the season and the remainder of the Great Alaska Shootout were not listed. The finalized schedule and TV information can be found right here.

Cougar football meets the press

The Cougars are back on a normal week which once again mean it was time for Mike Leach and a few players to meet the media. The upcoming matchup with No. 2 Oregon was a popular topic. The Cougars maintained that this week isn't anything different from normal, instead focusing on a "faceless opponent" instead of the ranking next to the name. Bud Withers of the Seattle times appears to be prepping a story on Daquawn Brown, leading to several questions about Brown's propensity to talk. That did lead to Leach saying, "I quit listening to Daquawn a long time ago."

Mike Leach, Cyrus Coen, Toni Pole and Dom Williams took their turns in the press room. Pole also showed up wearing Coen's shirt.






Small step taken, big leap ahead for WSU - - Sept. 15, 2014
The nonconference portion of Washington State’s football schedule is over and the season’s first third was largely disappointing. The Cougars enter Pac-12 play with a long and narrow road to a bowl game, but at least Saturday’s 59-21 win over Portland State established a starting point.

First Look: Oregon at WSU - - Sept. 15, 2014
What it means for WSU: The Cougars don’t need to knock off the No. 2 team in the country to have a successful Pac-12 opener. As long as WSU plays up to its ability and keeps it close against the Ducks the team will set itself up for a badly-needed pair of wins at Utah and at home against California in the following weeks.

Cougars must make the most of every opportunity - SportsLink - - Sept. 15, 2014
Mike Leach addressed the media on Monday, as is his custom, to discuss Washington State's upcoming game against No. 2 Oregon. Leach emphasized that the key on Saturday will be not "squandering" plays because the Cougars will need to maximize every opportunity to keep pace with the Ducks.

Pac-12 Networks announces week five football television schedule | Pac-12
Saturday        9/27   Washington State      at       Utah                      5:00 p.m. PT

Opponent sneak peek: No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars |
Cougars this season: A bumpy start gave way to a record-setting victory against Portland State last Saturday in which WSU's 706 yard of total offense set a school record.

Ducks Preparing For Different Sort of Challenge at WSU - - The University of Oregon Official Athletics Web Site
After three weeks of defending pro-style offenses, during No. 2 Oregon’s perfect run through nonconference play to start this season, the pendulum is about to swing dramatically in the other direction.

Men's basketball:

2014 Cougar Hardwood Classic Cancelled - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State University and Hawaii have come to a mutual agreement and the 2014 Cougar Harwood Classic held at Seattle’s KeyArena originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, has been cancelled, WSU Director of Athletics, Bill Moos, announced Monday. Instead, the Cougar basketball team will travel to California to take on Santa Clara, Dec. 13.

Pac-12 Announces Conference Schedule - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State University men’s basketball opens up Pac-12 play, Friday, Jan. 2 at Stanford, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday, along with the entire 2014-15 Pac-12 men’s basketball schedule.