There was so much out there to ready today that it has taken me all day - with numerous interruptions, I assure you - to get these links posted. We just finished up with Coach Wulff's teleconference, and I will have video of that shortly. Until then, catch up with all of today's Cougar Football stories after the jump:
Today was Fan Appreciation Day in Martin Stadium. Hundreds of fans came out to meet the Cougar Football team, get autographs from coaches and players, take pictures with the team, etc. It was a great event, and I have video evidence:
Check out the video from Fan Appreciation Day after the jump:
The football team is still out in Martin Stadium signing autographs and taking pictures as I write this, but I wanted to get back in the office and wrap things up. Tomorrow is a day off, so the earlier I get home, the earlier I can start the last "weekend" I have for the foreseeable future.
I don't normally like to start out with - or even bring up - somber news, but that is unfortunately going to be the case today. Redshirt sophomore safety LeAndre Daniels has a C1 neck fracture, and his football career is over.
More on this, and notes from practice, after the jump:
After a late evening, I took the liberties of a late morning as well. Many of you might already be thinking about heading home for your weekend. But before you do, check out the Cougar Football links below. There are plenty after the jump:
Washington State soccer freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is currently training with the Canadian National Team.
By Gurveen Clair (Day Two)
Today started off pretty well. We had squat jump and long jump testing. Hopefully my results have improved since last camp.Our goalkeeper coach did a light session with us afterwards working on handling and technique. It wasn't very strenuous, but oh boy did it every make you sweat.
Cougar soccer freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is in training with the Canadian National Team. She will keeping a diary and you can find her entries here. The following is the first installment.
DAY ONE-TRAVEL DAY (By Gurveen Clair)
Being so anxious and excited to go on the trip, getting up wasn't the problem, staying awake was. Boarding my plane in Pullman, I met WSU President Floyd who was flying to Seattle. We chatted for a bit before taking our seats. The minute we got off the ground I was out like a light. I didn't wake up until our plane hit the Seattle runway and the passenger next to me gave a little nudge. I had about three hours to kill in the airport before the ridiculously long flight began.The flight wasn't as bad as I thought. I sat in a middle seat which I absolutely hate! And my two neighbours took a little more space than they should have so I was fairly cramped. I slept and watched The Last Song so time flew by pretty quickly.
Another practice down, another day closer to the season opener...
Sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel spoke with the media after practice, and he talked about how he is looking forward to playing against someone other than his own team. I guess the point is Cougar fans, you are not alone.
A possible matchup with national runner-up Butler at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu and home games against Gonzaga and Kansas State highlight the 2010-11 Washington State University men's basketball schedule as announced by head coach Ken Bone, Wednesday.
Washington State Head Women's Soccer Coach Matt Potter talks about the upcoming weekend.
(on freshman starting last weekend)
"We as a coaching staff picked the team that we think can win the game for us. We look at it if a person is capable of contributing, we are going to play her."
(on improving the offense)
"I think some time we are a little individual. Sometimes we need a little more patience to build more numbers in our attack. But, first weekend of the season if that is what we are nitpicking, that is a good thing.
Technically, Fall Camp is over. School started, so the "camp" portion of practices is behind us. The Cougars still have two weeks of practice remaining until the season-opener, and today marked the first day of in-school practices.
Before we get to today's recap, I have a couple things to show you. Read on after the jump...
After opening the season 1-1-0 last weekend at home, the Washington State soccer team makes its first road trip of the season. The Cougars will travel to College Station, Texas for the Aggieland Invitational, Aug. 27 and 29.
Last weekend, Washington State lost 1-0 to No. 6 Florida State and blanked Utah 1-0 during the WSU Invitational presented by Nike. The Cougars' home matches drew a combined 1,583 fans, the largest attendance in school history for a WSU home weekend.
See Cougars on the all-tournament team and more after the jump.
The Cougar basketball squad got another mention on ESPN.com today, this time as part of the SEC Summer Shootaround. Washington State's matchup with Mississippi State at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii caught Andy Katz's eye as a 'Nonconference game to watch.' You can read the entire preview HERE.
As mentioned in the post and video below, Cougar student-athletes participated in Saturday's Lentil Parade in Pullman. You can check out a few photos HERE
There are perhaps hundreds of ways that one could figure out it is the first day of the 2010-11 academic year at Washington State. The most notable? There is no longer a parking spot for me across the street.
I will be posting a story and video interviews as soon as I can, but here are the statistics from this morning's scrimmage to hold you over:
Chantz Staden (4/25); Ricky Galvin (4/15); Jeff Tuel (3/14); James Montgomery (4/13); Carl Winston (2/9); Marshall Lobbestael (1/7); Logwone Mitz (1/4); Leon Brooks (1/-2); David Gilbertson (2/-10).
Jeff Tuel (8/14/104/2/0); Marshall Lobbestael (7/9/119/1/0); David Gilbertson (0/3/0/0/0).
Marquess Wilson (5/110 TD); Jeffrey Solomon (3/68 TD); Chantz Staden (2/22); Jared Karstetter (1/9); Marcus Richmond (1/7); Daniel Blackledge (1/4 TD); Ricky Galvin (1/2); James Montgomery (1/1).
The 2010-11 season kicked off Thursday night with the Cougar Sports Banquet at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. The evening's program looked ahead to the upcoming season and also honored the past of Cougar Athletics. Among the attendees was baseball coaching legend Bobo Brayton and football legends Rueben Mayes and Jack Thompson (pictured below). Mayes served as the keynote speaker for the event.
We're still 56 days away from the first men's basketball practice of the 2010-11 season, but it's never too early to make predictions. ESPN.com did just that today in its Summer Shootaround featuring the Pac-10. ESPN personality Doug Gottlieb picked the Cougs to finish second in the Pac-10, right behind in-state rival Washington. Klay Thompson was also mentioned as a player to watch in this conference season preview. You can check out the complete Summer Shootaround, along with a video, HERE.
As far as the total number of practices are concerned, the Cougars are more than halfway through the 29 leading up to the season-opener in Stillwater. Up to this point in camp the defense has been the story, but if the offense continues to move the ball like they did today, Cougar fans should be getting excited.
A visit from Florida State, thoughts from Cougar Soccer Head Coach Matt Potter and videos on YouTube highlight this week's soccer blog.
Fresh off back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances, Washington State is No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The Cougars open their season tomorrow (Aug. 20) at 3 p.m. against Florida State in the inaugural WSU Invitational. The Seminoles are ranked sixth by the NSCAA. Gonzaga and Utah will open the tournament at noon, tomorrow.
The invitational concludes, Sunday with Florida State and Gonzaga playing at 11 a.m. and Utah meeting Washington State at 1:30 p.m.
To see video and read thoughts from Matt Potter, read more by clicking the link below.
You knew it was going to be a great practice when Hell's Bells kicked off this morning's music selection. And it was a good practice, especially for the offense. More from this morning's session after the jump:
A pretty good day for practice, but the real entertainment didn't come until after it was over. The cloud cover protected us from the sun for most of practice, but toward the end it came roaring back. How do you fight Palouse summer heat? With a slip-n-slide, and we have video. More on this after the jump:
The third of five two-a-days has come to a close, and in the second session, the first-team offense picked it up, the second-team defense was a turnover-forcing machine and there was a new addition to Rogers Field. Oh, and it reached triple digits.
My apologies for taking so long to get this up. It was a busy morning...
I missed the first 20-30 minutes of practice because I was in Martin Stadium checking out the new starting line-up introductions on the video board. I was very, very, very impressed. Hopefully come Montana State, you all are as well.
Join WSUCougars.com this Thursday (Aug. 19) when WSU Athletics Director Bill Moos conducts an online chat exclusively on the Cougar Athletics official website at 10:30 a.m. You can submit question for Bill now by clicking HERE.
We hope you can join us Thursday morning. Go Cougs!
No practice today, so I am taking the day off. However, there are some things to read this Monday morning, and I would never deprive you of reading about Cougar Football. Especially on a Monday, when you would rather be continuing your weekend.
Are we really already 10 practices into Fall Camp? Including the walk-thru in Stillwater, there are only 29 practices before the season-opener. More than a third of the way there, Cougar fans...
If you were in Pullman, and you heard the Martin Stadium speakers blaring, that was for the football team. To keep things lighter during pre-practice drills and stretching, the Cougars now have a little music to pump them up. Redshirt senior Zach Enyeart said that this morning the team was a little sluggish, and all of a sudden the music came on, and everyone woke up. I don't get a vote, but if I did, it would be for some melodies from Maynard James Keenan. There's nothing like a little Forty Six & 2 to start your day - or your practice.
The first of today's practices is in the books, though I was
not in attendance and thus do not have a recap. I will post a link to Sir
Vincent Grippi's recap later today. On to the links from yesterday after the jump...
The first of five two-a-days is in the books, and there were a lot of people on hand to watch today's second session. Players' parents (including Craig Ehlo), former Cougars (including Paul Sorensen and Milford Hodge), former coach Jim Walden and high school coaches were all in attendance.
My guess is that everyone is in Pullman to catch tomorrow's scrimmage. If you aren't here, I would suggest getting here to see this team for yourself. The Cougars will get going tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Martin Stadium.
We started Fall Camp this past Sunday, so this is day five. In my mind this morning, day five translated into me thinking it was Friday. When I realized it was only Thursday, I was disappointed. Then I realized that it wouldn't have mattered if it were Friday, because we practice Saturday and Sunday. And then I remembered that every day is Friday when you get paid to watch Cougar Football. Read on for links...
The Cougars are still a day away from going full pads in practice, but you can tell they are getting antsy to put them on. What started out as a thud scrimmage session - the longest one of Fall Camp thus far - was pretty much a full-on tackling session by the end.
Sir Vincent Grippi of the Spokesman Review had THIS
POST at his blog, including a recap from yesterday's practice and a
story on the battle to become WSU's starting middle linebacker. The story also
in the Seattle Times.
Lew Wright of the Examiner had THIS
RECAP from practice.
I promised photos of the new logo on Rogers Field, and you can see them on the photo gallery below. They are currently adding another logo to the second field, and there are a couple photos showcasing that as well.
The Cougars put the shoulder pads on for the first time
today after wearing helmets, jerseys and shorts the last two days. It's still not full throttle, but that doesn't mean it's not full speed. With the addition of shoulder pads, you were able to catch a glimpse of what is coming Thursday with full pads, and it definitely got a lot louder.
I was back home in Moses Lake Saturday for my brother's going away party - the Cougar grad is moving to New York, hopefully will eventually make millions and then support me in retiring by the age of 35 - and I missed photo day. However, Bill Stevens put together a video from the day's events. Definitely worth checking out...
Much like you all, I have been waiting for this day for a long time. I am absolutely, positively stoked for this season of Cougar Football. And all today did was add to the excitement. It was only one practice, but there was a lot to take from it.
Football single-game tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today, only at WSUCougars.com. To purchase click HERE. Phone sales (1-800-GO-COUGS) and in-person sales at the WSU Athletic Ticket Office will begin Monday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m.
Thank you to everyone who joined our online chats with Volleyball Head Coach Andrew Palileo, Football Head Coach Paul Wulff, and Soccer Head Coach Matt Potter this week. If you happened to miss any of the chats, click on the links below to read the transcripts. Stay tuned to WSUCougars.com for more Cougar Chats with student-athletes, coaches, and athletic department personnel throughout the 2010-11 season.
Take a look back and relive some of the greatest moments from Cougar Athletics Decade of Excellence, including photos and video highlights from each year. What is your favorite story from the past decade?
The first podcast of the 2010-11 season is now posted on the WSUCougars.com Podcast Network
page. Athletics Director Bill Moos covers a variety of topics including the recent Pac-10 branding initiatives, facility upgrades made during the summer, Saturday's football and volleyball tickets going on sale, and the Aug. 19 Cougar Sports Banquet. Be sure to bookmark the podcast network page for exclusive interviews with Cougar student-athletes, coaches, and staff throughout the 2010-11 season.
The 20010-11 season officially begins Wednesday when soccer takes the practice field for the first time. That same day, the new season of the WSUCougars.com online chat series, Cougar Chats, begins when Volleyball Coach Andrew Palileo enters the chat room. Coach Palileo's chat is the first of three chats this week. Football Coach Paul Wulff, will answer your questions Thursday and Soccer Coach Matt Potter will take your questions Friday. You can participate in the chats by clicking on the links below.