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WASHINGTON STATE will head to Lewiston in August for the fifth consecutive year. But this fall camp will be a little different.

Before Cougar Calls with Bill Moos shut down for summer, WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson said the Cougars would hold their first two fall camp practices in Pullman, followed by seven days in Lewiston (rather than the usual nine) before returning to WSU for the remainder of fall camp.

Wilson didn't say why the change was made. Per NCAA rules, the Cougs will go helmets-only the first two days of fall camp before adding shoulder pads on Day Three. Day Five sees full pads.

Washington State first traveled to Lewiston for the start of fall camp in 2013, a move necessitated by the final stages of construction of the Cougar Football Complex (with only about half of Rogers Field available for use until mid-August). The bonding experience and lack of distractions at Sacajawea Junior High led Leach to make Lewiston an annual pilgrimage.

ACCORDING TO College Football News, the 2017 Cougs look to be in position to rival the 2008 Texas Tech squad as the best of Mike Leach’s teams.  Tech that year went 11-2 and finished No. 12 in the final polls. 

"It’s time for Washington State to be the powerhouse. This could be the year it happens," the article reads. For more, click here.

THE NEED FOR stadium naming-rights revenue at Washington State was highlighted last week with the news a third Pac-12 school had struck a deal.

United Airlines is buying the naming rights to L.A. Memorial Coliseum for more than $70 million over 15 years. At $4.7 million per year, it's the richest naming-rights deal among college football stadiums, according to Sports Business Journal. The second-richest deal is also found in the Pac-12, with UW's 10-year, $41 million alliance with Alaska Airlines that began in 2015. In 2013, Cal signed a 15-year deal with San Francisco technology firm Kabam for naming rights at $1.2 million per year.

THE OVER/UNDER for Washington State in 2017, according to CG Technology in Las Vegas, is 7.5.  The oddmakers pegged USC and UW at 9.5, Stanford at 8.5, Oregon at 8, WSU and Colorado at 7.5, Utah at 6.5, UCLA at 6 and Arizona at 5.5. No over/under was published for ASU, Cal or Oregon State.

A CRITICAL PHASE is about to kick off for Gabe Marks and Shalom Luani in the NFL: the OTA workouts (organized team activities).

For Marks and the Jets, the OTAs take place from May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1 and June 5-8, followed by the team's minicamp June 13-15. 

The OTA schedule for Luani with Oakland: May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9. Minicamp is June 13-15.

Luani was drafted in the seventh round by the Raiders, while Marks signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent.  For more on the OTA schedule for all NFL teams, click here.

IN RECRUITING, The Pac-12 is averaging 5.3 known commits per school, fewest of the Power 5 conferences:

Big Ten: 7.2
Big 12: 6.9
ACC: 6.4
SEC: 5.5
Pac-12: 5.3

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