WSU NOTEBOOK


Posted Jan 2, 2014


WASHINGTON STATE'S FOOTBALL team can next be seen live on TV on April 26. That's when the Cougs' spring football game with be televised by the Pac-12 Network. That's only 114 days, but who's counting. And as long as we're looking ahead, how about the Cougs' non-conference slate for the 2014 season?

The Cougars have Rutgers, Nevada and Portland State on the 2014 schedule. CougFans will be optimistic Washington State will go 3-0 in those games though it's worth noting only PSU will be played in Pullman, (Rutgers is in Seattle and the Cougs go on the road to play Nevada.)

The 2015 non-conference schedule has the Cougs hosting Portland State and Wyoming at home, with Rutgers on the road.

Washington State's 2016 non-conference opponents are Eastern Washington, at Boise State and Idaho. Beyond that, according to fbschedules.com...

2017: Nevada, Boise State
2018: at Wyoming, San Jose State
2019: BYU
2022: at Wisconsin
2023: Wisconsin

IF YOU'RE KEEPING track of the early exodus in the Pac-12 to the NFL, it shapes up like this so far -- Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and RB Bishop Sankey from Washington; S Dion Bailey, C Marcus Martin and DE George Uko from Southern Cal are all leaving. There are others who have been reported as appearing likely going to put their name in the mix before the Jan. 15 deadline too:

Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton
Stanford guard David Yankey
Stanford safety Ed Reynolds
USC wide receiver Marqise Lee
UCLA QB Brett Hundley

SPEAKING OF rivalries, Howie Stalwick notes the the Washington Huskies’ football coaching staff has added a touch of Crimson. New head coach Chris Petersen announced that former Washington State player Bob Gregory and former WSU assistant coaches Jeff Choate and Rich Rasmussen have joined the Huskies staff.

All three coached under Petersen at Boise State.

Gregory, who served as Boise State’s interim head coach after Petersen left, is now Washington’s assistant head coach and linebackers coach.

Choate, who coached linebackers at WSU in 2012 spent this past season coaching outside linebackers and special teams at Florida. He will coach the defensive line and special teams at Washington.

Rasmussen, the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator under Paul Wulff at Washington State, is the Huskies’ director of player personnel. He handled the same duties at Boise State the past two seasons.

IT WAS REPORTED by the Associated Press that the trend in college football is for schools to quickly make adjustments to successful coaches' contracts, adding years and money. They cited Ole Miss and Washington State as examples; "Washington State’s Mike Leach got the Cougars back into a bowl by winning six games in his second season at Pullman. He got a two-year extension for his work."

That's not entirely accurate. Leach's original contract had a provision that would take effect by Dec. 31 of his second season that if Bill Moos and Leach both agreed, would perpetually keep Leach under contract for five years.

ON THE HARDCOURT, WSU head man Ken Bone will be trying to up his record against Arizona (2-6) on Thursday night. The Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the nation.

Bone and the Cougars swept the season series against the Wildcats his first year in 2009-10 but have gone 0-6 since. Arizona escaped last year in Pullman, 63-59, and won 69-57 in Tempe.

The Cougars are 4-9 against ranked conference opponents in league openers and have faced the No. 1 team just once, in 2006, when top-ranked UCLA dealt the Cougs a 55-52 loss.

The tip is set for 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.


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