WSU Football Notebook

THEY LOVE THEIR football over in American Samoa, where Washington State has made significant recruiting inroads. But there's something else they hold even more dear than the action on the gridiron...

Future Cougar linebacker Frank Luvu hasn't played a game in three weeks, Field House 101's Brandon Smart tells

Is he injured? Has Tafuna Baptist's penchant for blowout wins, (60-plus points scored in every contest), resulted in Luvu sitting out most or all recent games?

None of the above.

There's only one stadium on the whole island and it's been playing host to cultural festivals and other family events. So football gets bumped, says Smart.

THE COUGS AND their fans are going to feel like it's been three weeks between games by the time next Saturday rolls around -- because it almost has been.

It will have been 16 days since Washington State last played when they meet Arizona on Nov. 16 (TV: Pac-12 Networks, 11 a.m. PT).

The Cougs haven't even held a practice since their Halloween night game, and won't until tomorrow. After Thursday's practice, they have Friday off, and then practice again Saturday and Sunday.

HOW HIGH CAN college football head coaching salaries go?

Since 2006, USA Today reports, college coaches' salaries have jumped 90 percent -- since 2006.

The highest paid coach in the Pac-12 (base only, does not include potential bonuses) is raking it in... and he got fired earlier this year.

Lane Kiffin's base salary for 2013 is $2.6 million which checks in nationally at No. 25. The next 15 spots are bunched somewhat tightly in terms of base salary when it comes to Pac-12 coaches -- 26. UW's Steve Sarkisian, $2.58 million 33. Utah's Kyle Whittingham, $2.4 million; 35. Colorado's Mike MacIntyre, $2.4 million; 36. California's Sonny Dykes, $2.4 million; 37. ASU's Todd Graham, $2.3 million; 38. UCLA's Jim Mora, $2.3 million and 40. Washington State's Mike Leach, $2.25 million.

The lowest paid among Pac-12 coaches is Oregon State's Mike Riley, $1.4 million. Stanford did not disclose what they pay David Shaw, (seven schools did not disclose terms.)

The No. 1 ccoach on the list was Alabama's Nick Saban, at $5.4 million. Texas' Mack Brown and Arkansas' Bret Bielema are the two other coaches who make more than $5 million in base salary. Forty-four of the 119 schools listed pay their head coach less than $1 million.

Meanwhile, the latest trend among college football coaches, reports the paper, is to trademark their name.

"Ohio State is in the process of trademarking coach Urban Meyer's name and the phrase "Urban Meyer Knows," U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records show. Kansas State has a detailed licensing agreement to use the name and likeness of Bill Snyder. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian negotiated the right to approve all uses of his name, voice, signature or likeness," the article states.

That should go over really well given the NCAA's position not to allow college football student-athletes to be compensated for the use of their names and likenesses.

And as long as we're talking about money...

EVER SEE A Cougar player who has his ankles taped, also referred to as "spatted"? You probably didn't give it a second thought.

Well, shoe companies do. And so does at least one Pac-12 athletic director, apparently.

Two days after Cal beat Washington State last year, USA Today reports Golden Bears' Athletic Director Sandy Barbour emailed Cal's equipment manager and head athletic trainer with regards to the school's contract with NIKE, "I believe that even in the case of injury, we are limited in the number of shoes that may be 'spatted' for any given game," she wrote.

Asked for comment by the paper, Barbour has this to say, in part, "First and foremost, the issue is going to be about student health and student welfare and safety and medical protection."

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