Luke Falk is finally named the starter for WSU vs. Portland State. Also, a Cougs get a new verbal from a 2016 recruit.

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Everyone saw this coming, but now it’s finally official. According to the Spokesman-Review, Mike Leach named Luke Falk the starting quarterback after Tuesday’s practice.

It comes as no surprise to anyone who’s tracked the Cougars through fall camp, but it’s definitive now. Which is more than we can say for Chris Petersen and the Huskies or Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.

Apparently, keeping your starting quarterback a secret is the newest trend in college football.

Petersen was at least candid about his motives in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.

“I think everybody would prefer to announce it. Heck, we would have loved to announce it last year,” Petersen joked. “We had just gotten so close to game time to figure out what our plan is gonna be that we figured at this point, it wouldn’t do us any good. It didn’t feel like it was an advantage at this point to announce our strategy.”

In more WSU news:

— Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman-Review is reporting that junior college transfer cornerback Treshon Broughton has finally joined the Cougs at practice. Apparently, Broughton had to finish a summer school class before he could be academically cleared to play at WSU. Also, it appears that Tuesday’s practice was a lively one for the WSU defense, which came up with at least five interceptions. That bodes well for the season, but unfortunately meant some up-downs for WSU’s offense.

— Adam Gorney from reports that three-star tight end and defensive end Mason Vinyard (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) has committed to WSU. Vinyard is a Helix (La Mesa, Calif.) product who picked WSU over offers from San Diego State and San Jose State. Gorney considers him a “huge steal” for the Cougars, and remarked that he was great at USC’s camp. Thorpe thinks Vinyard will play the rush linebacker position for the Cougs. Vinyard is the 26th ranked tight end nationally in Rivals’ 2016 recruiting rankings. WSU now has 14 commits in the class of 2016.

— Howie Stalwick has this offering about how the Cougars are approaching this season with a very different attitude.

— reports that former WSU basketball star and current Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson will be in Pullman this Friday for a Cougars Athletic Fund event.