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November 9, 2012 | By Chris Foster
One way to drive up UCLA Coach Jim Mora's blood pressure this week was to say three letters … U …S … C. The 17th-ranked Bruins play the Trojans next Saturday. First comes woeful Washington State and Mora has demanded his players focus on the task at hand rather than the team from across town. Staff writer Chris Foster (mostly) does exactly that in examining the Bruins vs. Cougars matchups and story lines: Double trouble The best quarterback-running back duo in the Pac-12 Conference - outside of Eugene, Ore. - is UCLA's Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin.
November 30, 2011 | Wire reports
Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is the new head coach at Washington State. The school said Wednesday that Leach had agreed in principle to a five-year contract. He will be introduced Tuesday at a news conference in Pullman, Wash. Terms of the contract were not immediately available. Leach, 50, posted an 84-43 record at Texas Tech, leading the Red Raiders to 10 bowl appearances in 10 seasons. He was fired in 2009 amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion.
March 3, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
  Mitt Romney won Washington state's GOP caucuses Saturday, giving him a welcome tail wind as he heads into the Super Tuesday presidential contests. The former Massachusetts governor led from early on after a day of caucusing by Washington voters. Texas Rep. Ron Paulappeared headed for second place, ahead of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who barely contested the state, was a distant fourth. "The voters of Washington have sent a signal that they do not want a Washington insider in the White House," Romney said in a victory statement issued by his campaign.
January 23, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Defense is USC's bread and butter, its faithful standby. If shots aren't falling, if calls go against them, if the hardwood cracks in two and a chasm appears, suspending play indefinitely -- it's cool, no worries, don't sweat it. The Trojans can still rely on their rock-solid defense, which is built on players being aggressive, knowing if they get beat, a teammate has their back. But against Washington State on Thursday, that defense, which was ranked first nationally in scoring defense (54.7)
January 22, 2010
Up next VS. WASHINGTON STATE Saturday, 1 p.m., Pauley Pavilion, Prime Ticket The Cougars nearly swept the Bruins last season . UCLA lost only three conference home games the last two seasons but has already lost two this season. -- Chris Foster
February 6, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
USC VS. WASHINGTON STATE When: 8:30. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Network; Radio: 710. Records: Washington State, 11-11, 2-7 in Pac-12 play; USC, 9-13, 4-5. Update: Six of Washington State's 11 losses this season have been by seven points or less, and that includes a two-point defeat to No. 6 Gonzaga. Senior Brock Motum, a 6-foot-10 forward, averages team highs of 18.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in all 22 games this season and he is third in the Pac-12 in scoring and 14th in the conference in rebounding.
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