Kyle Basler headed to Holiday Hall of Fame

FORMER WASHINGTON STATE coach Bill Doba told CF.C on Tuesday that punter Kyle Basler will be inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame on July 31 in San Diego. Basler placed four punts inside the 5-yard line and a fifth inside the 13-yard line during the Cougars' 28-20 win over then-No. 5 Texas in the 2003 Holiday Bowl. He was named the game's defensive MVP.

Doba, who now lives in Michigan, will travel to San Diego to present the award to Basler.

Why now, 10 years after the event?

Inductees are named every two years and must have participated in the Bowl at least 10 years prior to nomination. (Inductees are selected by the Holiday Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in conjunction with the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum.)

A longtime defensive coordinator under former WSU coach Mike Price before taking the top job in 2003, Doba quipped that it was funny to see Basler awarded as Defensive MVP when "the punt still is an offensive play."

The Cougars' offensive MVP during that game was Sammy Moore, who had 66 yards and two touchdowns on 12 receptions. Moore also had 68 yards on four punt returns.

Nevertheless, Doba said he was pleased when he heard Basler, who averaged 40.1 yards on seven punts against Texas, will be honored.

"He was a great character kid," said Doba, who guided WSU to a 30-29 record from 2003-07. "He was a football player who punted."

Basler, a graduate of Elma High who punted for the Cougars from 2002-05, now works as a procurement agent for Boeing.

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