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Hot Cougar Action: Tuesday morning links

Morning links following a busy Monday.

Tony Medina

Between two verbal commitments and media day, it was a busy Monday at Washington State.

Kyle posted his evaluation of Carlos Freeman last night, which you can find right here. You can also find more on Freeman and the rest of the 2013 WSU recruiting class at our recruiting central page. Not to be outdone, Ken Bone landed a verbal commitment of his own, landing 6'8 forward Tanner Lancona. You can find some video of Lancona here and here and here.

As for the current players, three of them met the media yesterday in the weekly interview session. Mike Leach also met with the media and you can watch his comments below or read them thanks to some excellent transcription work by Christian Caple.

WSU Football: Mike Leach Press Conference Oct. 29 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Jeff Tuel Press Conference Oct. 28 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Travis Long Press Conference Oct. 29 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Darryl Monroe Press Conference Oct. 29 (via WSUCougarAthletics)



WSU hoops adds another - SportsLink - - Oct. 29, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — A quick post to note that Tanner Lancona, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from Las Flores, Calif., announced on his Twitter page this afternoon that he's given a commitment to play basketball at Washington State. Read on.

Mondays with Mike Leach - SportsLink - - Oct. 29, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach met with the media today for about 28 minutes. We have most of his comments transcribed below. Read on.

WSU at Utah - - Oct. 30, 2012
What it means for WSU: It’s do-or-die now for the Cougars. One more loss, and their bowl hopes are dashed for the ninth consecutive season. But coach Mike Leach said Monday he’s more worried about whether the Cougars continue improving each week, and their performance in a close loss against Stanford last week indicates that maybe things are starting to turn. Either way, this figures to be one of WSU’s most winnable games on the schedule, and a victory would at least lend some credence to the thought that the Cougars are starting to figure things out.

Leach has praise for Tuel in defeat - - Oct. 30, 2012
PULLMAN – For once, coach Mike Leach didn’t have to field questions Monday about who his starting quarterback might be come Saturday.

Leach: Cougars Played Most Complete Game in Loss to Stanford - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |
Washington State may have lost the to No. 17 Stanford on Saturday, but they came away knowing a lot more about themselves than they did going into the game.

power rankings 102912 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
10. Washington State: The Cougars were close at Stanford, but isn't being close what we sorta celebrated last year? The good news is how much better the defense is playing. The bad news is ... 10 sacks surrendered. And you got to see just how tough QB Jeff Tuel is. Getting hit that much and still playing well, passing for 401 yards and two touchdowns with no help from a running game.

Cougars Trip To Utah For Saturday Contest - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

COUGARS TRIP TO UTAH FOR SATURDAY CONTEST: Washington State University will hit the road for the second straight weekend, heading to Salt Lake City to face the University of Utah at Noon, Saturday on the Pac-12 Networks.

Wilson getting more than a push from Williams - The Lewiston Tribune: Sports: wsu football, marquess wilson, dominique williams,

PULLMAN - Marquess Wilson is still finding it more difficult to impress his coach than to impress the world at large. And now his understudy is complicating his task all the more.

Cougs still fighting to get back in win column - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Sports: washington state football,

Washington State coach Mike Leach made it clear in a Monday news conference that fans can expect a similar game plan this week. The Cougars are hoping for a different outcome in Salt Lake City, but as far as their style of play, Leach hopes the team picks up where they left off in Palo Alto, Calif.

Cougars look to snap a cycle of mediocrity - College Sports - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports

PULLMAN – Philosophers have long pondered the question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"