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Notes, quotes and stories from media day

July 23, 2014 5:14 p.m. - Updated: 5:48 p.m.

On Wednesday, Washington State coach Mike Leach, quarterback Connor Halliday and linebacker Darryl Monroe had lots of time to speak to reporters without side distractions such as preparing for football games. In the relaxed atmosphere at Paramount Studios the Cougars opened up about a variety of topics once they were done with TV interviews.

Follow the jump for notes, quotes and stories from Pac-12 media day.

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(Transcript) Mike Leach at media day

July 23, 2014 4:24 p.m. - Updated: 4:27 p.m.

Mike Leach addressed the media here in Hollywood this afternoon. The format has been changed from previous seasons, where the coaches and players simply came up for their “podium session” group by group, and were asked inane, “off the wall” questions that nobody used in their actual stories. This year the coach and each player were available at separate podiums for 40 minutes. The verdict seems to be that the questions were a little better (we still got most of the good stuff at lunch with the players and coaches afterwards) but that there were many repeat questions as reporters moved around the room. The Pac-12 was good enough to transcribe the interviews with the coaches for us, and we've passed along Leach's after the jump.

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(Video) Mike Leach at media day

July 23, 2014 1:25 p.m. - Updated: 5:05 p.m.

Follow the jump for videos, courtesy of the Pac-12, of Mike Leach at Pac-12 media day.

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Bronze may be Sherman’s favorite color

July 23, 2014 7:45 a.m. - Updated: 10:35 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I always thought statues were reserved for ancient heroes. You know, David, Hercules or Caesar (the Roman ones, not from movies about apes) and the like. But turns out I may have been wrong. Football players – and key plays – seem to be all the rage these days. Read on.

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Pac-12 Media Day (live stream)

July 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Pac-12 Media Day begins today at 9 a.m. when commissioner Larry Scott will address the media. The rest of the schedule, and a live stream of the proceedings, is after the jump.

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Petrino, Idaho at Sun Belt media day

July 22, 2014 10:35 p.m. - Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Paul Petrino got a taste of the Sun Belt football media day last summer after Idaho accepted an invite to the New Orleans-based conference. But on Tuesday, with the Vandals an official football-only member of the Sun Belt, Petrino and the rest of the UI contingent traveled to the Superdome for a more full-fledged media day experience. 

Petrino was joined by center Mike Marboe and defensive end Maxx Forde in New Orleans to talk to the media. Check out below for some comments from Petrino on the dismissed Dezmon Epps, what he expects in 2014 and more. You can also watch an interview with Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson here. Benson referenced the addition of Idaho and New Mexico State — two of the four new teams in the conference — as a way to get to 12 teams so the SBC could have a conference title game. But it fell short of that goal and wound up with 11 football-playing members for 2014.

Read on for quotes from Petrino.

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College football is just around the corner

July 22, 2014 9:45 a.m. - Updated: 10:27 p.m.

The Pac-12 is holding its annual gathering of coaches, players and reporters tomorrow and Thursday. Media Day (or Media Days, in this case) is a nice chance of us reporters to speak with coaches and players from different schools and send back a few stories and notebooks for you all to peruse.

More importantly, however, it signals the end of the offseason. You will start to see a lot more Washington State football news around here, and not all of it recruiting. We'll get back in the swing of things with our morning links, and keep an eye out for some live chats.

While the offseason was slow, there were some NCAA and WSU developments that will have an impact on the upcoming months. In case you have been hibernating since the end of last football season and are just now leaving your man, woman or bear-cave, follow the jump to see what you missed.

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It’s not too long now

July 22, 2014 8:37 a.m. - Updated: 8:58 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

As July winds down, the summer doldrums in the sports world begin to ease up. The wind beneath our sails? College football season. Read on.

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Three Vandals on preseason all-Sun Belt teams

July 22, 2014 7:14 a.m. - Updated: 7:14 a.m.

Center Mike Marboe and punter Austin Rehkow were named to the Sun Belt's first-team preseason all-conference team, while defensive end Maxx Forde was a second-round selection. The three Vandals were named Monday, the day before the Sun Belt's media day in New Orleans.

Marboe and Forde are seniors. Rehkow, a Spokane product, is a true sophomore who led the nation in punting average last year.

Sun Belt coaches picked Idaho to finish ninth in the 11-team conference over the weekend. Unanimous league favorite UL Lafayette had five players named to the first-team offense, including preseason offensive player of the year Terrance Broadway, the Rajun Cajuns' quarterback.

Arkansas State, picked second, put four players on the first-team defense, headlined by preseason defensive player of the year Qushaun Lee.

New Mexico State — voted last in the coaches' poll — had no all-conference selections.

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Indians go wire-to-wire in first half

July 21, 2014 11:26 p.m. - Updated: 11:55 p.m.

The Spokane Indians remained in first place in the Northwest League's North Division for the entire first half. Technically speaking, Vancouver sneaked ahead of Spokane by one-half game for 6 hours on Monday by defeating Tri-City in an afternoon game. But the Indians, knowing they had to beat Everett at night to keep Vancouver from winning the title, got the job done with great pitching by Derek Thompson and Shane McCain, solid defense and just enough timely hitting. Read story

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