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WSU's Joe Salave'a doesn't mince words

SPOKANE – WSU defensive line coach Joe Salave'a tends to boil college football down to just two attributes: conditioning and toughness. It was apparent Monday in Spokane at the weekly Cougar Club luncheon that the mindset has taken root with the Cougars, even after a disappointing loss to No. 5 Stanford.

Something else was also readily apparent – the swagger voiced by the Cougar players this week is a direct reflection of Mike Leach and his assistant coaches. Take for example, Salave'a as looked ahead to Cal on Saturday… "Cal does more in the running game than Stanford does and they're athletic," Salave'a said, breaking into a grin. "But I don't mean ‘athletic' as a compliment. Sometimes that...