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PRACTICE: Coaches get into rivalry spirit

BRETT BARTOLONE

PULLMAN -- Much of the football team and coaching staff came out Wednesday afternoon donning war paint to put forth a point: this is war. Although the cavalry came out with fire and vigor, the team once again lacked two of its grand commanders. Furthermore, coaches spoke toward the optimism for next season, as well as becoming acclimated to the fever pitch that encompasses the Apple Cup.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, senior Travis Long and sophomore Connor Halliday were both absent from practice again Wednesday and are doubtful to play in this year's Apple Cup. That being said, it didn't stymie the team in the least bit. Tempers were high and energy was flowing as Washington State prepares to play for the final time this season at 12:30 p.m. Friday (TV: Fox). "We know that our...

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