CF.C Conversation: The real Ryan Leaf
Cougfan.com Managing Editor
RYAN LEAF IS TODAY far removed from the football spotlight. For a long time, he tried to keep an arm's length from the Cougar Nation. In retrospect, that distancing was a mistake, he said. It's not something you run from, Leaf has come to realize, it's something you run to. And Leaf is doing his best to make up for lost time.
Can WSU claim 1915 national crown? The case is made
History check finds that Lone Star Dietz' 1915 Washington State team was the rightful national champion.
Cardiac Kids pushed to the limit
Bigger. Faster. Certainly more sophisticated. Not tougher. College football was rarely if ever a tougher game than it was in their time and place, the Pullman of 1964 and '65, when the Washington State Cougars were pushed to the limits of strength and will.
Jerry Williams: One of WSU's greatest, one of pro game's most innovative
Deemed too small for football, he became an All-Coast back for the Cougars and an All-Pro safety for the Rams before embarking on an esteemed pro coaching career.
Fate and the Throwin' Samoan
For the motherlode of fate shining on Ol' Wazzu, you needn't look farther than legendary quarterback Jack Thompson. No less than three times did the gods of destiny change what seemed the likely course of human events to produce the fabled marriage between WSU and the record-shattering Throwin' Samoan. By the time he left, he was the most prolific passer in NCAA history and would become only the second Cougar footballer ever to have his number retired.
'98 Rose Bowl capped fabled season with controversy
The game will be remembered not as a Cougar loss and Michigan national title. It will be remembered for that incomplete ending. The Cougars didn’t lose --- the clock simply ran out on them. This clash of champions will be forever colored with controversy and conjecture.
The Forgotten Ten
COUGAR BASKETBALL HISTORY . . .
These Cougar greats deserve WSU Hall of Fame consideration
Cougars and Bruins have been here before
WASHINGTON STATE AND UCLA have waged three classic battles in Pullman over the years that have held major post-season implications. They also set the standard by which the noise level at Beasley always will be measured.
Is still-elusive Don Collins the greatest Cougar ever?
"The only legitimate way to compare people from different eras, I think, is by looking at how they did against the competition they faced on the court. And by that count, there is no Cougar who comes even close to Don Collins ....”
Learning from tourney past to shape the now
THE MELTDOWN OF A very good basketball team on a late-winter afternoon 27 years ago in Indiana is hardly unique. It’s just part of the collective madness of March. It’s personal only when the dream is your dream. When it goes poof it’s your team and your career that cease to matter. Terry Kelly co-captained the 1979-80 Cougars, the first team from WSU to reach the NCAA Tournament in 39 seasons.
A vivid walk down WSU's memory lane
HOW TIMES HAVE changed. The basketball coach at Washington State is making $1 million a year and the team itself will be flying on charters more often than not come this winter. Back in 1971, in his last season at WSU, Hall of Fame coach Marv Harshman made a little less than $20,000. And what he remembers about air travel wasn’t commercial vs. charter, but the hurdles it presented in recruiting.
The life and times of Steve Puidokas
THE STABLE WAS FULL up and down the coast in the basketball muscle-up of the 1970s. James Edwards loomed at Washington. USC had Gus Williams. Lonnie Shelton was at Oregon State. Oregon, with Greg Ballard and Ron Lee, scrapped over every possession no matter who was on the floor. And there was Bill Walton and John Wooden at UCLA. Laying down a foundation against that intimidating backdrop of college basketball skyscrapers demanded patience. Eventually, George Raveling got it done. And it wouldn’t have happened without Steve Puidokas.
1917 Cougars won national hoops title
Led by coach Doc Bohler and his little brother Roy, the star 5-foot-11 center, the team went 25-1, playing 18 games on the road. They were the first-ever basketball champion from the Pac-10, which at the time was called the Pacific Coast Conference.
Gene Conley a world champion in NBA and MLB
IN THE SPACE OF a few short months in 1959, Gene Conley struck out Ted Williams and canned a hook shot over Wilt Chamberlain.