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IT'S NO Batmobile, but you have to admit the smile on your face would be ear-to-ear if the Cougar Cruiser pulled up next to you at a stop light. The silver and crimson Chevy has been making fast tracks around the state since hitting the road last month.

Since debuting in Rosalia, the sporty ride has been to the likes of Spokane, Puyallup, Kent, Seattle and the Tri-Cities, handing out Cougar gear and posters along the way. The itinerary appears to be a work in progress based on a quick perusal of the rig's Facebook and Twitter pages, but rumor has it that Walla Walla is one of the next stops.

This is the second year WSU Athletics has put a cruiser on the road. The aim is to create a little fun around the Cougs in the dog days of summer before football heats up.

TICKETS FOR THE COUGARS' Sept. 28 game in Seattle at CenturyLink Field against Stanford went on sale Saturday. Ticket prices range from $5 to $70. To get yours, head to

The game will mark WSU's 11th home contest at CenturyLink (formerly Qwest Field) since its opening. Attendance for the previous 10 games averaged 51,000. Last year the Cougs drew 60,929 in a loss to Oregon, the most since the inaugural game, against Nevada in 2002, which drew more than 63,000.

The economics of a home game at CenturyLink are attractive. The Cougars generated about $1.5 million in revenue at last year's game.


FORMER COUGAR RECEIVER Jared Karsetter will be playing Saturday in the Italian Football League's Super Bowl. Karstetter is a two-way standout for the Parma Panthers, who will be taking on the Milan Seamen for the title. Karstetter caught 39 passes this season for 706 yards and 9 TDs. On defense, he posted 21 total tackles and intercepted five passes.

SPEAKING OF OLD WSU WIDEOUTS, late-1990s Coug Bryant Thomas is the new head football coach at Auburn Riverside High. He started his coaching career in 1999 as a graduate assistant for Mike Price at WSU. He's been the offensive coordinator at Federal Way High for the last five seasons. Interestingly, the guy Thomas replaced as a WSU GA was Jim Franklin, who is entering his third season as head coach at Vanderbilt.

A GLANCE AT WSU'S UPDATED basketball roster shows that some jersey changes have taken place. DaVonte Lacy has given No. 3 to newcomer Danny Lawhorn and now will be wearing No. 25. Dexter Kernich-Drew has traded 34 for 10, and Keaton Hayenga has swapped 24 for 31. Freshman Josh Hawkinson will be the new 24, and classmate Ike Iroegbu is going to resurrect No. 0, which was last worn by Marcus Capers in 2011-12.

With the addition of the 6-9 Hawkinson to the roster, the Cougs now have four players who are that tall or taller. The others are D.J. Shelton, Jordan Railey and James Hunter. Only one member of the team stands less than 6-2; Lawhorn checks in at 5-10.


YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT you might find when you start thumbing through an old box of Cougar memorabilia. And so it was with the discovery of the all-time Cougar football team as selected in 1946. CF.C recently unearthed the gem pictured at bottom of this page in an old game-day program.

All these 67 years later and at least two of the 11 guys picked for the first team would no doubt be there again if an all-time team were picked today: College and Pro Football Hall of Famers Mel Hein and Turk Edwards.

Another guy who should still be considered today but no doubt would be overtaken by the likes of Thompson, Bledsoe, Leaf and Gesser is quarterback Ed Goddard. He holds a unique place in WSU history as the only Coug ever selected first-team All-America three straight seasons. From 1934-36 he ran or passed for 63 percent of WSU's touchdowns. Goddard was a first-round draft pick and played two seasons in the NFL (with the Rams and the Brooklyn team that eventually became part of what is today the Colts) before moving on to pro baseball and then the military during World War II.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for July 13 in Tacoma for Coug Night at the Tacoma Rainiers.

Legendary quarterback Jack Thompson -- a one-time draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, by the way -- will throw out the first pitch. His selection for the honor goes far beyond his All-America days on the football field. Thompson, a vice president with Sterling Bank, is a tireless goodwill ambassador for WSU and one the architects of CougsFirst!, a volunteer initiative dedicated to having all WSU alumni and friends think fellow Cougs whenever and wherever they purchase a product or a service.

Coug Night at the Tacoma Rainiers is an example of what Thompson is striving to promote with CougsFirst!. The Rainiers themselves have a number of great Cougs in ownership positions; Cougar-owned MTR Western will provide bus transportation for those traveling from the Seattle/Bellevue area; and WSU alum Pat Nagle's Harmon Brewery will be serving ale at the pre-game tailgate.

To order your game package for Coug Night at the Tacoma Rainiers, click here. And for more information regarding CougsFirst!, head here

MIKE PICE, JIM WALDEN, RUEBEN MAYES, Kerry Porter, Shawn McWashington, Jack Thompson, Jim Moore and other notable Cougs will be among those teeing it up August 3 at the annual Kitsap Cancer Services Golf Challenge.

Mark Smaha, who served for many years as the director of athletic medicine at WSU, is one of the event's organizers. His wife Jackie, an ovarian cancer survivor, is the founder. The organization helps people and families in the Kitsap community living with cancer who live at or below the poverty level. If you'd like to help out and play golf with some great Cougars in the process, give Mark a ring at 360-204-6399.

A LOYAL CF.C READER posted some great shots of the football operations building construction project on our football forum the other day. As you can see from these pics, the project is coming along nicely.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, the cognitive intelligence company Lumosity last week affirmed what the crimson faithful have long known: Pullman is one of the 10 smartest cities in America. True fact. You can read about it here. The only other Pac-12 locales that cracked the top 50 were Boulder (16th) and Corvallis (22nd).


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