Dec. 28, 2002
Rose Bowl Day 6 - Well, the Cougars captured the first competition with the Oklahoma Sooners. Lawry's Beef Bowl officials notified the Cougars Saturday they won the eating competition with Oklahoma. WSU players and members of the official party ate more prime rib than did their Sooner counterparts - by over 140 pounds. Lawry officials reported when WSU visited their restaurant the winner of the Beef Bowl competition wins the Rose Bowl game more than half the time, so the Cougars have jumped up in the local odds.
The day started early for five Cougar defensive players and coordinator Bill Doba. All attended a 9:00 a.m. press conference at the Century Plaza, the official media hotel for the Rose Bowl. Doba, Marcus Trufant, Jason David, Fred Shavies, Rien Long and Mawuli Davis went before the media for about 45 minutes, then were driven straight to practice, where they joined their teammates in time for the 10:30 a.m. practice.
After practice Robin Pflugrad took four players and team chaplain Steve Barke to the local Shriner's Hospital on Vermont Street just north of Wilshire. Mawuli Davis, Jason David, Adam Holiday and Fred Shavies visited with about 40 patients in one wing, handed out a lot of souvenirs and signed a lot of autographs. Many of the youngsters asked to have their photo taken with the Cougar players. At the end of the visit many of the patients joined the players in a game lounge, where they played video games, pool and foos ball.
Late in the afternoon, several Cougar seniors attended a meeting with professional agents, which was arranged by WSU officials. The players were instructed by members of the WSU compliance staff on what to expect, what they could do and what they can't do while on scholarship. All professional scouts attempting to represent WSU athletes must register with both the State of Washington, and Cougar athletics. The agents were then allowed to meet with the WSU players. And to the relief of many Cougar fans, Rien Long did not attend the meeting. When asked if he wanted to attend, he remarked there was no reason since he will be back in a Cougar uniform next fall. Long is expected to have one knee scoped in late January after returning from the Football Writers Assoc. of America banquet in Orlando, Florida. Long will also attend the Outland Trophy ceremonies in Omaha, Nebraska, early next month, where he will receive his Outland Trophy.