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Doba takes the mic, Pitoitua takes the oath

ROPATI PITOITUA

PULLMAN -- Fans eager to see defensive tackle Ropati Pitoitua back on the field following a leg injury that wiped out most of his 2005 season and all of last spring's workouts will have to be patient just one more day. The 6-8, 300-pound junior from Spanaway, by way of Samoa, will miss today's practices because he'll be in Seattle taking the oath to become a U.S. citizen.

"I think we can excuse him for that," Cougar head coach Bill Doba quipped Sunday during his inaugural press conference of the 2006 campaign. Pitoitua, who was born in Samoa in 1985, is widely considered a super talent but has battled injuries throughout his career. The Clover High product now sports a couple of screws in his lower leg. He looks to have had a great spring and summer in the weight...

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