PULLMAN — To listen to the Washington State football players and coaches you’d think they’d never heard of a bowl game, and would reject any invitation to postseason play. Whenever the topic comes up the subject is quickly changed to the team’s focus on their next practice or contest.
PULLMAN — With 16 days between games, the Washington State football team will have had plenty of time to prepare for Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez’s famed spread offense when the teams meet on Saturday. The problem for WSU is the Wildcats alter their offense so often that even 12 weeks into the season the Cougars can’t know what to expect.
PULLMAN — With last Thursday’s 26-20 win over No. 2 Oregon, Stanford assumed the Ducks’ mantle as the premier team in the Pac-12. Having already beaten Pac-12 South contend- ers Arizona State and UCLA, the Cardinal can claim to be the best team in not just the Pac-12 North division, but in the entire conference.
To get here, behind the scenes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, where three dozen rows of century-old Polynesian war spears line two storage-room walls, where latex gloves are required, one must pass through a hallway of five bolted doors and security gates.
SEATTLE — Since he was charged with returning Washington to prominence, one of Lorenzo Romar’s biggest accomplishments is that he’s never gone more than two seasons without taking the Huskies to the NCAA tournament.
PULLMAN — A day after Washington State’s 64-62 loss to Washington in the first round of last season’s Pac-12 tournament, D.J. Shelton was in the weight room. It was the first step in a transformative offseason that has seen the forward add more than 25 pounds to his frame.