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  • Ernie Kent and Josh Hawkinson at Media Day

    Here is a transcript of Ernie Kent and Josh Hawkinson's podium remarks during Pac-12 Media Day, courtesy of the Pac-12.

  • Pac-12 media declares Oregon a basketball school

    The Pac-12 media predicts Oregon will repeat as conference champion. The Ducks received 23 of 27 possible first-place votes, with the remaining four going to Arizona.

    The Washington State Cougars were predicted to finish last by a similarly wide margin. You can find my ballot here.

    The media has correctly predicted the winner in 14 of 24 tries, and has never before picked the Ducks to win the conference. 

    Here is the full poll:

      Team (First Place Votes) Points
    1. Oregon (23) 320
    2. Arizona (4) 298
    3. UCLA 259
    4. California 209
    5. Colorado 199
    6. Washington 167
    7. USC 163
    8. Utah 142
    9. Oregon State 122
    10. Stanford 119
    11. Arizona State 78
    12. Washington State 30

  • There are times when even instant replay isn't enough in baseball

    A GRIP ON SPORTS • Technology has made our life better. There is no argument. But there is some disagreement if all technology is better. Take instant replay for example. It’s good. And bad. Read on.

  • My Pac-12 men's basketball media poll ballot

    Greetings from San Francisco. I'm making a Bay Area pit stop on the way to Tempe for the football team's game at Arizona State to take part in the Pac-12's Media Day for men's basketball.

    That means we will shortly be speaking with coaches and ballers from across the conference who will tell us about their team so we reporters can make informed decisions when we try to anticipate how the 2016-17 season will play out.

    Well, we certainly can't allow that to happen.

    Before we talk to the players and coaches, the Pac-12 preseason media poll will be released. We already voted, so even if Steve Alford makes a compelling case for why his Bruins being the favorite, it won't matter in the slightest.

    Since I will probably run for president someday, it seems wise to be transparent now and let everybody know how I voted. At least it will save future opposition researchers some time.

    1. Oregon – The defending champs return everybody of note. Yeah, the Ducks are going to be pretty special.
    2. Colorado – There's a world where Tad Boyle has better injury luck and the Buffaloes are one of the two or three best programs in the Pac-12 over the last five seasons.
    3. Arizona – Why, it looks like Sean Miller found some talented recruits! But rumor is Allonzo Trier, the team's best returning player, might be suspended for the season.
    4. Utah – The Utes lost a lot of talent, but return an exceptionally talented coach and enough pieces to finish in the top half of the conference.
    5. UCLA – I'm sure volume-shooting senior Bryce Alford will have no problem giving up primary possession of the rock and shots to talented freshman Lonzo Ball. And Isaac Hamilton. And Aaron Holiday.
    6. Washington – Not ALL of the talented freshmen from 2015 declared for the draft, and Markelle Fultz apparently is already the most talented basketball player to ever enroll at UW.
    7. Oregon State – Thanks to Wayne Tinkle's recruiting of he and his assistants' offspring, the Beavers will be good in the post-Gary Payton II era. They just won't be as fun to watch.
    8. California – Getting Ivan Rabb to return to school was a coup that will keep Cal relevant in 2016.
    9. USC – The Trojans could have been in the No. 2 spot if half the team had not left town.
    10. Stanford – New coach Jerod Haase is just one of many people associated with this basketball team you have probably never heard of.
    11. Washington State – In terms of style, this group will better resemble Ernie Kent's vision for what he wants his team to look like. In terms of substance, the Cougars need to recruit more impact players.
    12. Arizona State – If only Thon Maker had actually showed up to play for the Sun Devils. Tra Holder and Shannon make for a fun backcourt. Beyond that, this group is probably going to cause coach Bobby Hurley to lose his cool a few more times.

  • EWU sports live chat transcript (Oct. 20)

    Jim: Hello, everyone - let's talk Eastern football!

    Jim: It's been two weeks - did you miss me?

    KHB_GoEags: Ha ha ha yes!!Can't wait for Saturday!

    Jim: Warmup question: Did you watch any football during the bye week?

    Guest8461 (guest): I think bye week came @ good time. Any updates on who is not ready for second half?

    Jim: It appears that a lot of bumps and bruises healed last week. I know that some O-linemen are recovering, although the depth chart is the same as for Northern Colorado.

    Guest8461 (guest): Watched the other team on E.Side of State.Not sure where the town is that they are in!

    GoEags (guest): Welcome back! Watched the Cougs, and the beating Weber put on the Bobcats! Ouch.

    Jim: By the way, here's my story from Tuesday on the EWU O-line:

    GoEags (guest): Good article on the line!

    Jim: Thanks

    Jim: They seem to be doing much better, which segues into our next reader questions (asked with tongue firmly planted in cheek)...

    Guest2785 (guest): If we beat WSU and they beat Stanford and Stanford beat Notre Dame should we be ranked in the top 25?

    Jim: Why not? Except that Stanford and ND that good this year. Now if WSU beats UW ....

    KHB_GoEags: Yes, exactly... not rooting for them, but keep those wins coming, makes that win so much better!!

    Jim: The other plus to that tough preseason schedule is that 7-4 guarantees a postseason spot.

    Guest1850 (guest): Can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm rooting hard for the Cougs. The more they win the better EWU's win looks...

    Guest1850 (guest): What's the weather outlook for this weekend? Not just this year but it seems like the weather can have a serious impact on Beau's offense... perhaps it can be a team’s best defense?

    Jim: Bozeman on Saturday: high of 58 with winds of 13 mph. That could be a problem, but I think Gubrud did fine in so-so conditions vs. Davis and UNC.

    GoEags (guest): Looks like it’s supposed to be nice in Bozeman this weekend.

    Jim: Back to the O-line ....

    Guest8461 (guest): So is Jones out for rest of year. Another year of eligibility?

    Jim: It doesn't look good. Jones (knee injury suffered vs. Northern Iowa) is at the bottom of the depth chart at center. Stay tuned...

    Guest2785 (guest): people watch # 65 Tristen Taylor, left tackle, he is the real deal and maybe in the NFL before he gets to his senior year

    Jim: Yes, he's the real deal. Even O-line coach Aaron Best (who doesn't hand out compliments like candy) says Taylor has been "very solid" so far.

    Guest8461 (guest): Aaron Best has done the best (no pun intended) coaching job this year. This offensive line is playing way above their age.

    Jim: Here's a feature on Best I wrote prior to the 2015 season. Above all, he's a teacher:

    Guest2785 (guest): If you were covering Eags in 2010 this year’s team reminds me of the ND Bison when they came down to play us. They were so young and good and just got so much better the following years.

    Jim: I started covering EWU in 2012, but yes, the Bison built that group into champions a year later.

    GoEags88: How is MSU's fan base handling this 0-4 league start? The Bobcats stadium is usually loud...should our team expect the usual raucous atmosphere?

    Jim: Not sure, but I'll know more when I get to Bozeman on Friday night. Game-day atmosphere always has been good, but 0-4 in the Big Sky will put a damper on things.

    Guest1850 (guest): How's the team been looking at practice? Any concern about coming out flatter than normal in the first half due to the week off?

    Jim: Actually, the team seemed energized by the bye week. Several players told me they felt refreshed. Practice on Tuesday seemed more high-energy than usual - and that's saying something.

    KHB_GoEags: I think this bye came at a perfect time. They needed some down time before the rest of the tough path we have. I'm happy top hear your experiences at practice!

    Guest2785 (guest): Are you going to MSU?

    Jim: Yes, I am going to Bozeman.

    Guest1850 (guest): I live too far out to receive SR in print, but online presence has only increased leaps and bounds over the last few years...

    Jim: We are trying our best. In another self-serving gesture, here's the link to our EWU football coverage: Tell your friends.

    Jim: FYI, some of my stories never see print, or they're edited down for print.

    Guest2785 (guest): We will get a lot more coverage in Dec. when we play 2 or 3 more games.

    Jim: Count on it.

    Jim: That's always open for discussion: Do we run enough EWU football stories? If not, what would you want to see? And what other sports do you want less of?

    Guest2785 (guest): I want to know more on the defensive front group? Any comments from coaches?

    Jim: Yes, the MSU coach singled them out when I spoke with him earlier this week. Says they're better fundamentally and putting more pressure on QBs with just a four-man rush.

    Guest8461 (guest): Coach Ena has been a great addition. We are very fortunate that EWU is a place where not only players but coaches want to be at.

    Guest8461 (guest): Could some of the stories that never see print be made available to us who appreciate everything you do?

    Jim: Sure, just go to the link above (assuming you subscribe). Also, I link to all my stories from Twitter - my handle is @srjimallen

    Guest1850 (guest): Is it possible that Gubrud might go down as the best QB in history? His first half has been nothing short of amazing. Credit to the new offensive coordinator?

    Jim: Some EWU fans might argue that to be the best, you have to beat Montana. For what it's worth, Vernon Adams was 4-0 vs. the Griz. Big celebrations in Missoula when he transferred to Oregon.

    Guest1850 (guest): Oh, and there can never be enough EWU stories!!!

    Guest2785 (guest): Will this team get to a 750 yd game, 1000?

    Jim: 750? Perhaps. But you need good weather and a lousy opponent.

    GoEags (guest): Thanks for all the great coverage both online and in print. Anything scare you about MSU?

    Jim: The Bobcats are 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the Big Sky, so this should be a win for EWU. However, their front seven is better than average.

    GoEags88: Random rumor time: have your heard anything on the WAC revival? There was an article in the Missoulian last week I believe.

    Jim: Here's the story:

    Jim: The upshot is that Idaho is probably still looking at a way to stay FBS, perhaps by bringing UM, MSU and others into a revived WAC. That's unlikely,but stranger things have happened.

    Jim: The tough part is that EWU would probably be left behind in such a move. Some Eagle fans are already worried,since the stadium upgrade plans have been treading water for 4 1/2 years.

    GoEags (guest): That is just weird stuff, and I don't see that happening at all! Idaho's last gasp at BCS. We'll see.

    Guest8461 (guest): Remember D Coordinator is Gregorak? He is a great D coach and the Bob Kitties will be better going forward

    Jim: I'm sure they will, but this is a rebuilding year in Bozeman.

    Guest2785 (guest): Will the paper be sending you to Cal Poly?

    Jim: Unlikely. Much as I'd love to be in SoCal in November, that's a 6:30 p.m. kickoff followed by a charter flight home. Not my decision, but I expect to monitor from home.

    Guest8461 (guest): The President of EWU is not a leader and does not have athletics as a priority. It is depressing since we have made such great strides the past few years in ALL sports.

    Jim: Please expound on that, 8461

    Guest2785 (guest): After two really great Pres. we are spoiled.

    Guest8461 (guest): From first-hand sources, she will not fight for athletics, stadium project is back to stage 1.

    Jim: The major issue is money. Regardless of who's in charge, where will it come from?

    Guest8461 (guest): Money is the issue, agreed, but leadership from the top, prioritization from the top is vital. She is not willing to stand with athletics. Time for an uprising. haha. When you see her in the stands ask, confront. I know others that have.

    Jim: Confront???

    Guest8461 (guest): Too strong? Sorry.

    Guest1850 (guest): I want a new stadium as much as the next EWU fan... but as a new president I have a hunch she has other more pressing items to resolve given her short stint thus far?

    Jim: Actually, she's in her third fall, so that's not the issue.Is Cullinan against athletics? I don't know, but she has traveled to several road games in the last two-plus seasons.

    Guest8461 (guest): New stadium is out of the questions. We need upgrades, Phase 1 if you will.

    Jim: Is anyone worried that EWU will get left behind by an Idaho-led conspiracy?

    GoEags (guest): As for the stadium, I am very concerned it never gets done. That will eventually catch up to us in recruiting and fan support.

    Jim: Quite possibly. Some fans are quite worried about this.

    Guest2785 (guest): Coach has not brought coach Taylor to Monday Coaches show, Have you had much contact with him and what's your thoughts?

    Jim: Great guy, very innovative from what I've seen. Quite friendly too.

    GoEags (guest): After watching the Bobcats last week, this should be a win.

    Jim: Yes, and on paper, it shouldn't be close. On paper, that is.

    Jim: So how much are the Bobcats missing QB Dakota Prukop, who transferred to Oregon this year?

    Guest1850 (guest): I'd have to think quite a bit. He was no VA but it's gotta be tough to lose a QB on such short notice when you likely planned on him being there another year.

    KHB_GoEags: Jim, have you seen UND play yet? It's unbelievable to see teams like Weber State in the top 3 and UND leading the Big Sky.

    Jim: And since EWU misses both teams in the regular season, better prepare to see one of them in a second-round playoff game Dec. 3 in Cheney!

    Guest1850 (guest): KHB, the Big Sky is a mess scheduling wise...EWU loses to UM and those two teams could finish second to UND if they win out. Both are better teams than UND.

    Jim: UND barely beat Montana State, 17-15.

    Guest2785 (guest): I sold my 4 extra tickets for the Montana game for twice the face amount to Eastern fans not Grizs. It is so great after all these years. I use to give them away to try and get more fans to our games.

    KHB_GoEags: And SUU missed both EWU and Montana last year, right?

    Jim: Yes.

    Jim: By the way, KHB, the Big Sky will move to a nine-game conference schedule when Idaho joins in 2018.

    Guest8461 (guest): Very concerned!! I also believe it reflects the university commitment to coaches

    GoEags (guest): I am disappointed about the nine-game BSC schedule. I like the out of conference games. That will leave us with one FBS and one other game. Although scheduling gets easier, so I get it.

    KHB_GoEags: Do you think they will ever break of the Big Sky into maybe, a North and South?

    Jim: Perhaps, but we're running out of time. Five minutes left before I have to get back to "work." (Yeah, I get paid to do this). Let's hear some score predictions.

    GoEags (guest): Eags 52 Cats 21

    Jim: I say 45-21 for Eastern.

    KHB_GoEags: 56-29, Go Eags!!

    Guest8461 (guest): 48-17 Eags.Thanks Jim. Looking forward to whatever you are working on

    Jim: Thanks. Tomorrow's feature will be a "twin bill," so to speak!

    KHB_GoEags: Did Simba get a medical red shirt?

    Guest8461 (guest): Websters by chance?

    Jim: Yes to Websters, but Simba still hopes to play in the postseason.

    Guest8461 (guest): Any Watch parties, anyone?

    Jim: Thanks, everyone! Let's do it again next week - invite your Griz friends!

  • EWU sports chat Oct. 20 (noon)

  • Football teams hope for the best but must plan for the worst

    A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s been said in baseball, momentum last as long as tomorrow’s starting pitcher. If that’s true (and it is), then how long does momentum last in football? You tell me. Read on.

  • WSU football chat (transcript)

    Oct 19 2016, 11:01 AM

    Guest876 (guest): Is Lago practicing with the team ?...Harrington healthy ?..Dimitry's last year ?.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:01 AM

    srchat: Logan Tago is still practicing with the team, as is Keith Harrington. As it currently stands, this is CJ Dimry's last year although I would expect the Cougars to petition the NCAA for an extra year based on medical hardship.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:02 AM

    Sid (guest): What are the chances of Barber dragging appeal out until the end of the season?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:02 AM

    JesseCoug (guest): Your thoughts on the outcome of the Barber decision?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:03 AM

    srchat: It sounds like we will know the final status on Barber in two weeks one way or the other.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:03 AM

    cubsfan7331: Watching the COLO/ASU game it looked like Wilkins was far less mobile, throwing off his back foot much of the time and while Ballage punished us with his runs last year appeared to avoid contact on runs and was a spectator on pass blocking. What kind of updates,if any, does ASU provide regarding injuries?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:05 AM

    srchat: Wilkins was playing on a bum leg, which doubtlessly affected his mobility. While ASU isn't providing direct injury updates, they do make practice open so we know that Wilkins did not participate yesterday.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:06 AM

    CapleOfChristian (guest): Jacob, big fan from Brooklyn here. Wondering what you've been hearing on Powell. From a mental standpoint, 2-of-2 from FGs in the win had to boost his confidence a ton. Rough start. Do you see Leach giving him more shots moving forward? In close situations, Coug fans are going to want to depend on EP

    Oct 19 2016, 11:07 AM

    srchat: Making two important kicks in the rain against UCLA did wonders for his confidence, and the coaches' confidence in him, I'm sure. He followed it up with a good practice yesterday, hitting a couple deep kicks that got the rest of the kick unit pretty fired up.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:07 AM

    Guest3990 (guest): This is one of the most bizarre Pac12 seasons in awhile, no?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:08 AM

    srchat: It's certainly different from what we've seen the last few years. There is not quite as much parity, and a few of the prestige programs have taken massive steps backwards.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:08 AM

    Sid (guest): What are the specs on Derek Moore? Body size of tackle or more DE?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:09 AM

    srchat: Definitely more of a rush linebacker/ defensive end. He'd need to put on a lot of size to slide inside if there is any chance the offense might run the ball.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:09 AM

    Guest876 (guest): Thoughts on Wilner ?..saw his midseason all conference team,

    Oct 19 2016, 11:11 AM

    srchat: Wilner is one of the best there is, and he, being based near the Pac-12 offices, does a lot of important reporting on the conference and Pac-12 Network that nobody else does. I think he missed by not having Cody O'Connell on his all-conference team, but I'm sure he disagrees with some of my picks or rankings, too.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:12 AM

    JesseCoug (guest): Considering who we lost on the D line from last year, why is it that we have improved on our rush defense so much?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:14 AM

    srchat: There have been a number of reasons, including playing an Oregon team with a subpar o-line and a UCLA team with no ground game at all. But that doesn't fully explain why they're leading the conference. I think the linebackers have played really well against the run, and getting Shalom Luani close to the line of scrimmage has done wonders. Also, against teams like Stanford the Cougars have taken control of the game early, forcing the opponent to pass more than it would like to.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:14 AM

    CougSchroed (guest): The school delaying the suspension would mean Barber really wouldn't be suspended because he graduates in December. I can't imagine the chances of his suspension being delayed are real good, given the circumstances. Your thoughts?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:15 AM

    srchat: My uninformed opinion is that an appeals board chair is unlikely to grant further relief having already ruled and mitigated his sentence somewhat. But it obviously makes sense to try, if only to get the extra two games in.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:15 AM

    cubsfan7331: Props to Special Team errr Special Forces for their play last week. Performed well in all aspects. Shout out to Powell. Observing ST practice have you ever seen them run a reverse on a kick-off return?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:15 AM

    srchat: No.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:16 AM

    Guest3935 (guest): If the Cougs beat Arizona State do you think they will be ranked?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:17 AM

    srchat: I think so. No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 25 LSU play each other, as do No. 17 Arkansas and No. 21 Auburn, so some spots should open up. WSU fans should also hope Navy and Western Michigan lose.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:17 AM

    Thinkroses (guest): Are you surprised to see only 1 Coug on the mid season all Pac 12 team?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:18 AM

    srchat: Like I said, I think Cody O'Connell should have made the team.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:18 AM

    GlennDuggan: Wilner has a bias toward the air raid, not malicious about it but has discussed it.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:18 AM

    cubsfan7331: Can you tell me where to find the list of current AP voters?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:20 AM

    srchat: Click on the "By Voter" button at the bottom of this page

    The AP Top 25 Poll | College Football

    Oct 19 2016, 1:20 AM

    jonthecoug: I haven't read much about Melo Harris during TNF. Seemed like a big recruit. How does he look?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:20 AM

    srchat: Have not seen much of Harris.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:20 AM

    Sid (guest): What exactly did you ask Gabe about....was it a video game? His reaction to your question was priceless.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:21 AM

    srchat: I basically asked him how lame it was that now, having come back to school after a very productive season, that there is no longer a college football video game for him to be highly rated in.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:22 AM

    JesseCoug (guest): Are you surprised to see Marcus Strong leap frog Dion Singleton on the depth chart considering how big a recruit Dion was?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:22 AM

    srchat: A little, because Deion Singleton has some really good tools and made some plays during preseason camp. But Marcus Strong has put together a lot of really good practices and has earned his way up the depth chart.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:22 AM

    Guest3935 (guest): PFF just ranked the WSU offensive line as the 2nd best in College football.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:22 AM

    srchat: I saw that.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:22 AM

    Thinkroses (guest): Biggest obstacles for Cough to win the North in the second half?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:23 AM

    srchat: The UW defense and the UW offense.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:23 AM

    Guest3990 (guest): Haven't watched much ASU this year, who should we be watching out for on the offensive/defensive sides of the ball?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:25 AM

    srchat: Running backs Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage are both really good, physical backs who can do a lot of damage. Wide receivers Tim white and N'Keal Harry are both stud athletes. The defense has not had many standouts this year.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:25 AM

    Guest876 (guest): Cody on a midseason All American !..seems like he is playing is Hilinski looking ?...I did get a kick out of leaches comment to Matt Caulkins in the Seattle times a while back..

    Oct 19 2016, 11:25 AM

    srchat: Hilinski has looked pretty solid lately. Still a pretty big dropoff from Falk if he had to play today.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:26 AM

    cubsfan7331: On the Monday morning pressers do you know what players will be coming in beforehand and any idea on how they are selected?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:26 AM

    srchat: We usually find out the night before. They're selected by the sports information directors.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:26 AM

    Guest8728 (guest): Are the sides teams warm up pretty well defined normally? Is this something you pay attention to in non UCLA games?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:27 AM

    srchat: It's definitely understood between the teams that, when both teams are on the field, they 50-yard line splits the warmup area. There are times when only one team or the other is on the field and then most teams make use of the whole thing.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:27 AM

    Sid (guest): Why did Leach stir the pot about sign stealing?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:27 AM

    srchat: Because he was asked about it.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:27 AM

    JesseCoug (guest): I haven't heard any news on Kameron Powell a rare 4 star recruit that we have at safety, is he under performing?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:28 AM

    srchat: Powell is playing linebacker for the scout team. He's only a redshirt freshman and is learning a new position, so I wouldn't write him off yet.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:28 AM

    Guest876 (guest): Barber would be a huge loss...that's a lot of size in the middle.tapa looks a bit slow off the snap but seems to run well lateraly, Kingston a bust or still young ?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:29 AM

    srchat: Kingston Fernandez is still young, and he's been on the cusp of playing time a few times. I expect he'll have a bigger role in the next couple years.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:29 AM

    GlennDuggan: Best timeslot for Cougar football games: 7:30, 7:45, 9:00 , or midnight?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:30 AM

    srchat: 9. 9 a.m. would be best.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:30 AM

    CougSchroed (guest): Does Wilkins being able to run at 100% have a big affect on what ASU does offensively? Do they use a lot of designed QB runs, which they wouldn't be able to do if his mobility is hampered? Thus really limiting their effectiveness offensively?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:31 AM

    srchat: Yes, basically. You've got it. Wilkins is a threat to run and his being hobbled tightens up their playbook. It also limits what they can do in terms of rolling him out and moving the pocket on pass plays.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:35 AM

    Harvey__Road: Shout out to jonothecoug!

    Oct 19 2016, 11:37 AM

    Guest876 (guest): Is Robert Lewis hurt ? catches last week

    Oct 19 2016, 11:38 AM

    srchat: Not that I'm aware of. He started.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:40 AM

    Guest7856 (guest): biggest threat from ASU?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:41 AM

    srchat: Wide receiver Tim White is an explosive athlete, though he shockingly does not have any touchdowns yet.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:41 AM

    jonthecoug: Harvey_road....a name from the past!

    Oct 19 2016, 11:43 AM

    CougSchroed (guest): are defenses focusing more on gabe this year? is falk in more in sync with other receivers this year than last year? what are a few of the reasons gabe isn't catching as many balls this year?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:43 AM

    srchat: I think that, especially earlier in the season, Luke Falk was more reluctant to throw deeper passes to his outside receivers than he has been in the past, and those are the matchups where Marks excels. That's also why Marks' average has dipped by about three yards per reception.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:44 AM

    Guest876 (guest): Ballage ran over mutts last year...

    Oct 19 2016, 11:44 AM

    cubsfan7331: Your go to dining spot in Phoenix/Tempe area?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:44 AM

    srchat: Don't have a go-to spot yet, although I'm open to suggestions. Usually I just head to Mill Ave. and find something there.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:45 AM

    jonthecoug: Have you had a chance to watch any bball practice? Any initial take?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:46 AM

    srchat: A little bit. I'm going to write about this very topic this week for media days, so I won't say too much here. But I think the team should be more cohesive this year, if only because there's a more uniform style of athlete/player.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:46 AM

    Guest876 (guest): Last in pac 12 in sacks.. do you see any improvement on pressure...?..making it tough on dbs.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:47 AM

    srchat: They've definitely improved. Remember, WSU didn't get any sacks against Boise State or Idaho. Then got a couple against Oregon four against Stanford.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:51 AM

    Guest876 (guest): yes but zero last week and it hurt...not seeing a lot of pressure from the outside, I suspect Grinch wants to prevent big plays..

    Oct 19 2016, 11:52 AM

    srchat: Grinch may have felt it was better to keep players back and give a first-time starter at QB more unfriendly jerseys in coverage. Honestly, it's always hard to guess the game plan. But the Cougars have at least demonstrated the ability to get pressure on the passer, something they did not do over the first month of the season.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:56 AM

    Jeremy Brown: Tavares is playing lights out right now, do you expect more targets to come his way?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:57 AM

    srchat: He's tied for No. 2 in overall receptions, and River Cracraft is also elevating his play. So while I think he will continue to receive a lot of targets, I don't know if I see him getting any more than he currently is.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:57 AM

    Guest3935 (guest): Do you expect Wilkins to play? High scoring game?

    Oct 19 2016, 11:57 AM

    srchat: I think he probably will play. I expect it will be a fairly high scoring game, yes.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:58 AM

    Guest876 (guest): Browning has seen zero pressure this year..have to bring it or he will pick you apart, Hercules maid Wilners team , correct ?...Wilner does seem a bit Pro Cal and not of fan of leach...just my thoughts....have been very impressed by Wicks in the red zone, Morrows overall play and Williams is getting close to busting one..seems like a long time since a rB has taken a long run to the house..on top of that the RB's seem to never fumble and are picking up blitizes...

    Oct 19 2016, 11:59 AM

    srchat: Pro Football Focus had some stats showing that Browning has been among the country's best at throwing when under pressure, so teams may be electing to blitz less against the Huskies. Mata'afa was on Wilner's team.

    Oct 19 2016, 11:59 AM

    Sid (guest): Were the running opportunities not there for UCLA game?

    Oct 19 2016, 12:00 PM

    srchat: Falk said that UCLA was not giving the Cougars favorable run boxes early in the game but started to present more good run looks as the game progressed.

    Oct 19 2016, 12:01 PM

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