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Cougars need to move on from Emerald Pity

SEATTLE – Consider it a reminder. Washington State showed during its 55-17 loss Saturday at CenturyLink Field that Mike Leach's rebuilding project is not complete. But there is a more pressing question: Are the Cougars far enough along to play in a bowl for the first time in a decade?

After all, the Cougars have been in this position before. Two years ago, they harbored bowl aspirations only to get blown out by a three-win Oregon State team in Seattle. They never recovered as a 4-8 record led to Paul Wulff's firing. Last season, Leach's hiring was met with visions of grandeur. But those quickly were erased as the Air Raid offense was nonexistent in a season-opening loss at BYU...