Good morning Ducks of Good Will and Hearty Spirit. Today marks the beginning of a three part series focusing on the fall practices of the other teams in the so-called Northwest Championship…and may God strike me dead if I validate another Rick Neuheisel invention.
Today we look at the hopes and dreams of those Palouse Powerhouses, the Cougars of Washington State University. As their most well-known alum was heard to say, WHOA NELLIE! The Cougars are coming off of the most successful football campaign in recent history. Sure they only won a couple of games but their victory over Washington in the 2012 Apple Cup made me happy and what’s more successful than that?
But the new season brings higher aspirations and an increased sense of Cougar Pride to Pullman (also called the Gateway to Moscow. No not that one. Sit down Mr. Snowden!). In support of WSU’s future and in recognition of its glorious past Washington State is instituting a new award for the members of their football team to strive for beginning this fall. Known as the Ryan Leaf Citizenship Award, the new trophy recognizes WSU student-athletes who achieve unprecedented heights in their chosen field of endeavor.
Cougar Head Coach Mike Leach is adopting a “whole campus” approach to making the Cougars better. Coach Leach seems particularly concerned about the health and welfare of the college’s coeducational community. This is a cause that he brings to Washington State from his previous post in Lubbock, Texas.
All in all it looks like a great season ahead for Washington State University. Sure, the waving wheat on the rolling hills of eastern Washington will remind Cougar fans that they can wave goodbye to their Rose Bowl plans by the end of September. But at least life’s choices took them to Pullman. They could have ended up in Corvallis. We will look at Oregon State’s bleak prospects next week.
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