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Putting Bruggman Affair into true perspective

LET'S SAY there's a kid whose parents are proud graduates of Washington State. And that kid grows up in Spokane, rooting on the Cougs and regularly attending games at Martin Stadium. Now imagine the kid developing into an All-State quarterback. But not just any All-State QB -- he's one the Cougs want desperately to play for them.

While Mark Rypien's life mimics a few parts of that tale, the story is fictional. But swap out WSU for ASU, and Spokane for Phoenix, and the imaginary yarn is actually Tyler Bruggman's real-life story. He was born and raised a Sun Devil. Yet he's coming to play football at Washington State. Which leads to a question that I don't believe has been asked enough, or perhaps loud enough: How hard was...

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