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Hot Cougar Action: Bye week update

WSU is halfway through its bye week, we check in to see how it's going.

Why does this guy look so miserable? Oh right, he was watching Saturday's game.
Why does this guy look so miserable? Oh right, he was watching Saturday's game.

Heading into the bye week, I was hoping for two main things. First, players with minor injuries get healthy so the Cougars can begin the late season stretch as healthy as possible. I was also hoping one of the two quarterbacks would take control and the offense would take a step forward with the extra practice time.

So far, it looks like neither has happened. In fact, basically the opposite has happened. When you have a unit which has struggled mightily, the last thing you want is for the coach to say they turned in one of the worst practices he's seen. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened on Tuesday.

"Yesterday offense was awful, among the worst I've seen in 20 years," Mike Leach said, according to Christian Caple's blog post.


To top it off, Marquess Wilson and Teondray Caldwell are yet to return to practice. Fun week so far.


Cougs improve after 'awful' Tuesday practice - SportsLink - - Oct. 17, 2012
This time, there were no post-practice trips to the sand pit. And the tempo of Washington State's Wednesday session was much more to coach Mike Leach's liking. Read on.

WSU live chat, 1 p.m. - SportsLink - - Oct. 17, 2012
WSU live chat, 1 p.m.

Washington State And Utah The Most Disappointing Midseason Pac-12 Teams - Pacific Takes
Most disappointing team overall and why? Washington State. I mean, I knew they wouldn't go gangbusters from the outset, but they're such a tough watch. Those wide receivers drop so many passes that it's impossible for their offense to move with any regularity, and it doesn't take long for the opposition to overwhelm them.

Many big surprises at season's midpoint | The Desert Sun |
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Washington State hasn’t yet clicked under Leach and California has put coach Jeff Tedford on the hot seat with an uneven start that included an opening loss to Nevada. More surprising has been Utah’s start. The Utes opened their first Pac-12 season with four straight losses before coming on strong late last year, spurring hope for 2012. Utah hasn’t lived up to expectations.

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Washington State Rowing Set to Compete at the Head of the Spokane - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Rowing Heads North to Take on Gonzaga: The Cougars are back in action three weeks after competing against Gonzaga in the Head of the Pend Oreille. The Washington State women's rowing team travels to Spokane, Wash. to compete in the Head of the Spokane regatta at the Gonzaga Boathouse on the Spokane River Saturday, Oct. 20.