Dec. 29, 2003
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Washington State's final two days of preparation for its December 30 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl meeting with Texas included a trip to the world famous San Diego Zoo and a luncheon at the San Diego Concourse's Golden Hall.
After practicing for nearly two hours on the campus of San Diego State University Sunday, the Cougars spent three hours visiting the San Diego Zoo. Selected players participated in a show by feeding several of the park's animals, including a porcupine. The hippopotamus exhibit was a consensus favorite among WSU players and coaches.
Monday began with Cougar Head Coach Bill Doba and Texas Head Coach Mack Brown attending a press conference at 10:30 a.m. The two then headed downstairs to the San Diego Concourse's Golden Hall for the SAIC Kickoff Luncheon. Both coaches spoke to a large gathering of guests and exchanged gifts. Doba presented Brown with WSU's famous "Cougar Gold" cheese, while the Texas mentor returned the favor by giving Doba a pair of spurs with his name engraved on them.
Cougar captains Erik Coleman, Al Genatone, and Matt Kegel were interviewed at the luncheon by ESPN sideline reporter Adrian Karsten, who will broadcast the Holiday Bowl along with announcers Ron Franklin and Mike Gottfried. Texas players also participated in the event.
After the luncheon, WSU held a 45-minute walk-thru at San Diego State. The Cougars then moved on to Qualcomm Stadium, the site of the Holiday Bowl, for a team picture beneath the venue's scoreboard and a quick tour of the facility. The day's activities concluded back at the Sheraton Harbor Island with a pep rally at 4:30 that included the WSU Marching Band, cheerleaders, and the Crimson Girls.
Washington State's tilt with Texas in the 2003 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl will kickoff at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will be televised nationally by ESPN. The game can also be heard on the radio nationally by Westwood One and via the Cougar Sports Network. Less than 700 tickets remain available through the University of Texas.
MORE FORMER COUGARS: A trio of former Cougar football players attended Sunday's practice at San Diego State. Lewis Bush, an 11-year NFL veteran and a four-time WSU letterman from 1988 to 1992, spoke with several coaches and players during the session. DeAndre Douglas, a San Diego native and WSU letterman from 1999 to 2001, made an appearance along with former linebacker Kyle Stiffarm, who also ended his Cougar career in 2001.