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Apple Cup 2011: Combining Steve Sarkisian and Paul Wulff to be a super coach, and some links

An interesting looking front page of the News Tribune today as Liz Wishaw, our lead designer, put together that graphic for columnist John McGrath, who wrote about combining the strengths of Steve Sarkisian and Paul Wulff  to make a "Super Coach."

It's a great read.

From John's column ....

One of the great football minds in America will be patrolling the sidelines.

His name is Paul Sarkisian, also known as Steve Wulff. As the head coach of the University of Washington State Huskougs, he relishes the conveniences of a major metropolitan market while appreciating the down-home charm of a small college town.

Paul Sarkisian is a talented man, because he represents the best and brightest of two of them: Steve Sarkisian and Paul Wulff. If their styles were combined into an ideal prototype, we’d be talking about a coach worthy of a statue at The Gorge.and I really like this ...

“Maybe we’re trying too hard,” he volunteered the other day.

Huh? When the defensive line is providing no pressure, and linebackers are attempting feeble arm tackles routinely broken, “trying too hard” is not a logical explanation.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of ‘want-to,” Sarkisian is fond of saying.

I respectfully disagree. When I watch receivers drop passes, I want to scream. When I watch defensive backs allow 10 yards of separation on a wide receiver, I want to throw a shoe at the TV.WSU AD took a little verbal jab at Washington and at former coach Rick Neuheisel in the notebook.

“I don’t think you talk to Washington people about betting anymore,” Moos said with a huge grin, “so we’re not going to do that.”

 From my buddy Jeff Nusser at CougCenter ... Stopping Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be the key for the Cougs' success

Here's some blog notes from Vince Grippi of the Spokesman.

The best columnist in college football, Pat Forde ranks the rivalry games.