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November 22, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Tuesday links — Is Wulff’s job on the line in Apple Cup?

The 2011 Apple Cup unfortunately continues a recent tradition of not having much tangible on the line.

It’s now been since 2002 when either team was playing for the Rose Bowl (2002), and only twice since then has either needed to win to get to a bowl game (2006 WSU, the Cougars losing; 2010 UW, the Huskies winning).

This year, UW already has a bowl game in hand (I’ll detail this more greatly later, but with the conference having seven guaranteed bowl slots and only seven possible bowl-eligible teams, UW is going no matter what happens now) while WSU cannot get to one.

So that means the game is mostly about pride, bragging rights, and making the season look a little better (I’m sensing among UW fans there’s a huge difference in 7-5 and 6-6).

As Bud Withers points out today, however, the game may also be the final decider in the ongoing debate in Pullman about what to do with WSU coach Paul Wulff.

Withers nicely details all the varying points and counterpoints about Wulff, who is 9-39 in four years at WSU (1-2 in Apple Cups). With WSU’s season now assured of being over come Saturday night, something will have to give soon.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— My story for today’s paper focused on Keith Price’s return to the starting lineup, and also features a daily look at a key Apple Cup matchup.

— The Huskies are now favored by as much as 8.5 points.

— Looks like light rain and a high of 51 on Saturday.

— The flip card for the Apple Cup — with rosters and two-deeps for each team — is available.

Vince Grippi wraps up WSU’s practice last night, also including a detailed injury report.

— Grippi also has lots of other links on the game and around the Pac-12.

Mason Kelley profiles Bellevue running back Tyler Hasty, brother of former Husky J.R. Hasty.

— Withers also writes about the hiring of Rich Rodriguez in Arizona, which came somewhat out of the blue.

Ted Miller takes a quick look at all the Pac-12 games this weekend.

— Pre-Snap Read rates UW 54th in the country this week.

— The BusinessofCollegeSports.com exmaines Pac-12 coaching salaries.

— Dr. Saturday examines Arizona’s hiring of Rodriguez, as well.

— Also being played this weekend is the Oregon-Oregon State Civil War and The Oregonian has all the relevant OSU news.

— CBSSports.com looks at some of the top uncommitted recruits and predicts where they might end up.

— ESPN.com reports Josh Garnett will visit Michigan this week and is still considering UW among a handful of schools, and that he will make a decision by mid-January.

Bruce Feldman lists the top 10 assistant coaches in college football.

— The Wall Street Journal has an interesting look at the culture of the Penn State program under Joe Paterno.

— Here’s a followup story on what happened with former UW safety Dashon Goldson, ejected for fighting Sunday in the 49ers’ game.

— And here’s some reaction to Jake Locker’s first real action in Tennessee.

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