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THE DOLLARS AND cents of the New Mexico Bowl have created confusion among some fans on what this post-season berth means to Washington State’s bottom line. The short answer is that it’ll be close to a wash.
PULLMAN — The youth movement continued Tuesday in Washington State’s fourth practice of the bowl season. The veterans hit WSU’s indoor practice facility for a quick 20 minutes of reps before heading to the weights. That left the field for the young guns, as head coach Mike Leach devotes much of his bowl season practice time to developing the backups.
BRANDON EVERS, a 6-7, 290-pound offensive tackle out of Redding, Calif., who officially visited Washington State this past weekend, has seen all he needs to see when it come to the recruiting process. He verbally committed to Mike Leach and Washington State moments ago, he tells Cougfan.com.
THE COUGS DON’T have a lot of time before their bowl game on Dec. 21 to get in their practices – especially when it comes to the youth. But Mike Leach’s Cougars are at least better equipped to deal with a short bowl game turnaround than are many other schools when it comes to younger player development. The reason for that is…
WASHINGTON STATE WAS in the living room Monday night of rising DE/OLB Patrick Choudja out of Oakley, Calif. They set a date for his official visit to the Palouse and Cougar assistant Eric Russell said some things that hit home for the 6-4, 230-pounder. The Freedom High product also says he’s got a chip on his shoulder, with much to prove at the next level.
THE NEW MEXICO BOWL PAYOUT to Washington State is $750K but that’s actually somewhat deceiving and for two reasons, Bill Moos says. Meanwhile, the Cougs have finals this week and Mike Leach has sent his assistants out on the road recruiting before recruiting shuts down for the holidays. So with the bowl coming up in 12 days, when will the Cougars find time to practice?
Colorado State will play Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21.
The Mountain West Conference's Rams (7-6) also played in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl, which was the team's last trip to the postseason. The Rams defeated Fresno State 40-35.
The Cougars (6-6) are playing in a bowl for the first time since 2003. Washington State finished the regular season with a 27...
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PULLMAN -- The Cougars practiced like they normally would on Sunday, but there was some extra electricity in the air at the indoor practice bubble. Indeed, the Cougar players were buzzing about bowling. At the time, no one knew for certain it would be the New Mexico Bowl, though it seemed highly likely. And the players were acting like kids scrambling around the tree on Christmas Eve.
WASHINGTON STATE IS GOING BOWLING for the first time since 2003 according to an ESPN report. The Cougs (6-6) will meet Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. The first bowl game on the 2013-14 FBS college football postseason will be televised by ESPN.
MOST RECRUITS are narrowing things down right now -- time is short. But three-star wide receiver Barry Ware, who had a recent in-home visit with Washington State and who will trip out to the Palouse in the not-so-distant future, well, he's kinda just getting started with the recruiting process... again.
DaVonte Lacy scored 23 points and D.J. Shelton added 10 points and 14 rebounds and hit two key free throws to help Washington State beat al Idaho 67-66 Saturday.
Steven Madison hit two free throws with 30 seconds remaining in the game to put the Idaho up by one, 66-65. Lacy drove the lane on the next possession but missed the layup. Shelton was fouled on the rebound with seven seconds...
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IF WASHINGTON STATE IS picked for the New Mexico Bowl, as all signs indicate, Cougars living in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas and a few other cities can rejoice in the fact they have multiple non-stop flights to Albuquerque each day. For those living in the Pacific Northwest, the flight plan to see the Cougs on Dec. 21 is a bit more complicated.
PULLMAN – Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. Jordan Railey wears the U.S. Army. Literally. But make no mistake why the stripes of an Army sergeant-major are tattooed on the Washington State junior’s right forearm. It’s all about heart. And gratitude.
DESPITE HIS NAME, record-setting running back Squally Canada has never seen snow fall from the sky. The Milpitas, Calif. product may get his wish next weekend when he officially visits Washington State. But before that, there’s some on-field business to take care of tonight in the CIF Central Coast Section championship game.
THERE’S AT LEAST one Cougar fan who would be thrilled if Washington State was somehow selected to play in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Erik Howard, a two-time Super Bowl winner who starred for the Cougars in the 1980s, lives but 40 miles west of Shreveport, in Marshall, Texas. He follows the Cougs, he told CF.C in a recent interview, and says the locals just love Mike Leach.
WHILE WASHINGTON STATE’S football squad awaits their postseason fate, most of the NFL Cougars are in a similar situation with their pro league playoff fortunes still in question.
SENIOR DEONE BUCANNON WAS ONE of five Cougars earning All Pac-12 recognition on Monday. Nobody in the Pac-12 this season posted more tackles than the Washington State safety -- Bucannon racked up 109 takedowns over the course of the 2013 regular season.
WASHINGTON STATE athletic director Bill Moos has gone public with his desire for the Cougars football team to play in the New Mexico Bowl. “We have to focus on hopefully getting selected for that bowl,” Moos said Monday on his weekly radio show in Spokane. “If not, there are other opportunities out there that are very good.”
TALK ABOUT impressive. Washington State’s women’s basketball victory over No. 10-ranked Nebraska on Saturday was especially notable because it was on the road in front of a boisterous crowd AND because star WSU sophomore Lia Galdeira only played 17 minutes due to foul trouble.
IT’S ALREADY BECOME a familiar script for Washington State (3-4) on the hardcourt. They launch a lot of threes and if they hit them, things generally turn out well. But when they don’t connect enough from long range, and they didn’t against St. Joseph’s, losses like the 72-67 setback in the Old Spice Classic are the result. But there was something else also trending on Sunday...
Behind 21 points and 10 rebounds from senior big man Ron Roberts, Saint Joseph's held off Washington State to win Sunday's fifth-place game 72-67. Come inside for the latest reaction from Roberts and both head coaches.
Nebraska came into its game against Washington State beating opponents by an average of more than 20 points a game. Coach Connie Yori knew it was a mirage.
The 10th-ranked Cornhuskers' perimeter defense was exposed in a 76-72 loss to Washington State on Saturday night. The Cougars (4-4) made a season-high 12 of 25 3-pointers while beating a Top 10 opponent for the first time...
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June Daugherty knew she had a good 3-point shooting team. It took until Saturday for her Washington State Cougars to really show it.
The Cougars made a season-high 12 shots from beyond the arc and held off Nebraska twice after building big leads in a 76-72 upset of the No. 10 Cornhuskers. It was the WSU program's first win over a Top 10 team.
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SEATTLE -- Washington State's offense had few answers for Washington's sack-happy defense on Friday, while the Husky offense overcame two first-half turnovers to put matters into overdrive in the third quarter. And just like that, a 10-3 WSU halftime lead devolved into a 27-17 Husky victory in the 106th renewal of the Apple Cup rivalry.