Aug. 25, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University and Fox Sports Net Northwest announced today an agreement has been reached to televise WSU's season-opening football game with Idaho Sept. 1. The announcement was made jointly by WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk and Mark Shuken, vice president and general manager of FSN Northwest.
FSN television coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with FSN Live, while game time has been set for 7 p.m.
"It is important for both teams to have this game shown throughout the Northwest," Sterk said. "We are supportive of FSN's efforts to televise the game live so our fan base who cannot be in Pullman will have the opportunity to watch the Cougars."
The broadcast team of Rich Cellini and former Cougar great Mark Rypien will call the action from Martin Stadium.
"College Football on FSN will now kick off with the Cougars September 1 and we're looking forward to WSU setting the tone for a season full on compelling match-ups on the network from that day forward," said Shuken.
Four other Cougar football games have already been selected for live national or regional television, including the first WSU road game at Nevada Sept. 9. ESPN has selected the Cougar-Wolf Pack game for a 7 p.m. showing nationally.
ABC has selected WSU's game at USC Oct. 29, while FSN has picked WSU's final two games of the regular season for live viewing. The WSU-Oregon game Nov. 12 in Pullman will kick off at 7:15 p.m. and the annual Apple Cup battle with Washington in Seattle Nov. 19 will be shown at 12:15 p.m.
Other Cougar games during the Pacific-10 Conference schedule may be selected by ABC, FSN or TBS. Those three networks will televise Pac-10 games each Saturday and may make their selections 12 or six days in advance of the respective game.
WSU's complete 2005 schedule includes:
Sept. 1 - Idaho at Pullman (7 p.m., FSN Nw)
Sept. 9 - Nevada at Reno (7 p.m., ESPN)
Sept. 17 - Grambling at Seattle (4 p.m., no TV)
Oct. 1 - Oregon State at Corvallis
Oct. 8 - Stanford at Pullman
Oct. 15 - UCLA at Pullman (Homecoming)
Oct. 22 - California at Berkeley
Oct. 29 - USC at Los Angeles (12:30 p.m., ABC)
Nov. 5 - Arizona State at Pullman
Nov. 12 - Oregon at Pullman (7:15 p.m., FSN)
Nov. 19 - Washington at Seattle (12:15 p.m., FSN)
Note: WSU home games with Stanford, UCLA and ASU, if not selected for live television, will kick off at 2 p.m. Game times of road games not selected for live television will be announced by the home team.