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Did WSU lose another defensive lineman?

It sounds like junior college transfer Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei is having some clearance issues with the NCAA.

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I sincerely hope you’ve carved out some time to read today, because with the Washington State Cougars’ season opener against the Wyoming Cowboys on deck — about 27 hours away as I type this — there is no shortage of content regarding your favorite team.

Most of them are preview-ish type things, but there was one piece of news that dropped on Thursday night: In a rare moment of player eligibility transparency, Mike Leach revealed on his weekly radio show that defensive lineman Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei probably won’t play tomorrow.

“Well, they’re still trying to get his paperwork done,” Leach said. “He looked good in camp, but they’re still trying to get his paperwork done with the NCAA, which some of it I don’t understand, the overseas stuff and trying to match everything up, so he’s in the middle of that. Anyway, we look forward to when he’s back.”

That portion of the show is at the 19:50 mark.

If you need a refresher on just how thin the defensive line is, here’s our story on the departure of backup nose tackle Jonathan Lolohea. Aiolupotea-Pei was expected to be one of the players to fill in as a backup for starting nose tackle Taylor Comfort, a former walk-on who was put on scholarship after last season. There is no third-string nose tackle listed on the depth chart.

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MIKE LEACH BROKE some news on his radio show Thursday night. Alas, it's not the kind Washington State fans will like to hear. Defensive end Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei, who has been manning the No. 2 nose tackle spot since Jonathan Lolohea abruptly left the program earlier this month, is still trying to get some paperwork sorted out with the NCAA. Leach didn't say whether the matter might or might not be sorted out by Saturday's opener vs. Wyoming, but he sure didn't sound optimistic.

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Mental Health

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