This weekend, the WSU flag will be making its 132nd consecutive appearance on ESPN College Gameday. The tradition dates back to the beginning of the 2004 season.
The tradition and the flag wavers were recently featured in USA Today.
Two flags – Ol’ Crimson and Gray – have been flown in the background of the GameDay set by dozens of friends and alumni. The Gray flag was added this year after Whitey was retired in honor of Steve Gleason’s “No White Flags.” WSU recognized the GameDay flag wavers in a pregame ceremony prior to the Montana State game in 2010. In addition to the flags that fly, there is a traveling flag signed by the holders after each episode. The traveling flag is retired after each season, the first of which is hanging in WSU’s Alumni Center.