PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University men’s basketball team returned to campus Friday, Aug. 22 for the start of the fall semester, Monday, Aug. 25. During their first weekend back, the Cougars were busy with activities including the National Lentil Festival, a photo shoot and team barbeque.
On Friday, Aug. 22, first-year WSU head coach Ernie Kent started out the weekend by serving as an honorary stirrer of the lentil chili. Each year, the world’s largest bowl of lentil chili is prepared in a giant stainless-steel bowl which includes over 350 gallons of the tasty and nutritious chili. Kent’s time stirring the chili was cut short when a sudden rain storm hit, which also kept the team from signing autographs down at Reaney Park Friday night.
Saturday, the team gathered for photo day, in which they had their individual headshot and posed shots taken. The weekend was capped off with a team barbeque held at Coach Kent’s house, in which Coach Kent, assistant coach Curtis Allen and strength coach Scott Thom, competed in a coaches’ cook-off. Kent cooked lamb, Allen cooked chicken and Thom cooked tri-tip.
The attached video shows highlights from the weekend, including the results of the cook-off.
The Cougar basketball team will face Azusa Pacific in exhibition action before opening the 2014-15 season in Texas as it faces UTEP, Friday, Nov. 14 and TCU, Monday, Nov. 17, at El Paso and Fort Worth, respectively.