Rose Bowl Day 4 - A very busy day for the Cougars, with buses rolling for practice at 9:30 a.m. after taping and some meetings. The coaches were up much earlier. There were a lot of visitors at practice, including many area coaches and recruits. The visitors were invited to walk about the field and observe the many drills the Cougars ran during the 90 minute workout. At the end of practice some players headed for the weight room, others were visited by the media and some just chilled until the buses returned to the hotel.
Five players and coach Kasey Dunn headed to the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club after practice, Rien Long, Jason Gesser, Tom Ostrander, Curtis Nettles and Jeremey Williams. They spent nearly an hour with about 20 children, answered questions, signing autographs, tossing small footballs around, then joined their hosts for cookies and punch in their gymnasium. Then it was back to the hotel, fighting the city traffic on the back streets.
Next up for the entire team was a visit to Lawry's Beef Bowl, a famous restaurant that has been hosting the Rose Bowl teams for 47 years. The festivities started off with a walk up the red carpet and greetings from the entire Lawry's staff, plus of course, the lovely Rose Bowl Queen and her court. Mike Price, Bill Doba, Rien Long and Jason Gesser conducted a brief press conference while the players were being seated for dinner. Price predicted Tai Tupai would eat the most prime rib, but the tally wasn't in when the team departed. Oklahoma will follow the Cougs to Lawry's in a couple of days and after both teams have visited the eatery, a tally of how much each teams ate will be released. In most years the team that eats the most prime rib also wins the game, according to Lawry officials, although some observers believe the team arriving first usually has the highest total since that team draws the largest crowd of dignitaries and Rose Bowl officials.
Price and Doba both addressed the dinner crowd and later a video of Rose Bowl highlights and interviews was shown, plus clips on WSU and Oklahoma. The biggest reaction from the Cougar crowd was when the Washington Husky coach, what's his name, was interviewed. And they were not cheers.
The event drew several local television stations for live interviews with coaches and players, including one Spokane station. The mass of media that covers the annual event was very heavy on the side of photographers from local newspapers and television stations. Included were some promotional photos featuring the Rose Bowl queen, Gesser and Long.
Two hours after sitting down for dinner, the Cougars boarded their buses and returned to the hotel for free time.