Washington State Cougars A.M. Links 7/1: The Opening, Coug Recruits and Other Pac-12 News

Good morning on a beautiful July 1st everybody! Plenty of Washington State and general Pac-12 News to bust out for your Monday reading and a couple are fresh off the press this morn so let’s dig in!


WSU commit Marcus Griffin and four other players the Cougars are believed to be in the mix for are in Beaverton, Ore., today to participate in The Opening, the country’s premier recruiting event, put on by Nike.


For a team that has been marred in mediocrity for the better part of a decade — and that’s putting it kindly — the 2013 WSU Cougars have something to prove. A year ago, many expected incoming coach Mike Leach to lead the Cougs to a renaissance season and a bowl appearance — that obviously didn’t happen as the team finished just 3-9. However, 2013 brings a new slate of measured optimism.


The Elite 11 Finals kicked off over the weekend in Beaverton, Ore., and four of the quarterbacks participating are committed to Pac-12 schools. Here are the participants:


The AP poll is a sign that football is right around the corner, but it is also a chance for fans to go at each other. You can never get these things right.

Notre Dame fans will continue to think the Irish are unappreciated. Florida State fans will cry that the Seminoles aren’t in the top 10. And almost every fanbase outside of Austin will agree that Texas should be a lot lower in the polls.



Oregon Wins Another Day – Spokesman Review

One thing became crystal clear this morning. The NCAA had it out for USC. At least it seems that way now that the NCAA has released its decision on the Oregon Ducks in what has become known as the Willie Lyles case. Though the organization found there was a failure to monitor the football program, all the NCAA did was slap the Ducks’ wings.

Vandals to play at USC in 2015 – Spokesman Review

Idaho continues to stack up big-name (and big-money) football opponents. The latest is USC, which announced Wednesday that it will host the Vandals in 2015. UI will net $1.1 million to play the Trojans, slightly more than they get to travel to Auburn the same season.

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