Ol' Coug makes surprising revelation

SEATTLE — The assumption seemed obvious. Former Washington State standout tight end Brett Carolan grew up about 20 miles outside of San Francisco and attended numerous 49ers' games with his father. And during his NFL rookie season in 1994, he won the Super Bowl with San Francisco. Yet Carolan was firmly behind the Seahawks during January's NFC Championship game with the Niners.

This amusing nugget stemmed from my wife sharing pictures of our children with Carolan's spouse, Amy, at the recent Night with Cougar Football dinner in Seattle. I then warned her husband that our children were wearing Seahawks jerseys in the photos.

Imagine my astonishment at what I heard next.

Rooting for Seattle was not based on Carolan's experience in San Francisco, which lasted two seasons before he finished his career in 1996 with Miami. Rather, Carolan said he does not root for the 49ers because he dislikes coach Jim Harbaugh.

The noisy and other activities in the room prevented too many follow-up questions for Carolan, who now works as a partner and advisor at Brighton Jones and lives with his wife and two children in Sammamish. But Harbaugh is certainly an acquired taste.

Carolan even debated letting his young son wear his San Francisco jersey to school during football season.

Even though he played professional football, Carolan said he much prefers the college game. He and his wife are ardent Cougar fans — she turned down several options to celebrate their anniversary to attend A Night With Cougar Football.

  • Jack Thompson always seems to be the most popular figure at these events, but Bob Robertson is not too far behind. Robertson sat at CF.C's table and signed several footballs for fans.

    We briefly discussed a feature I wrote on him and former broadcasting partner Jim Walden in 2002 for The Kitsap Sun. Robertson said he displays several souvenirs and articles written on him in his home in Fircrest, Pierce County.

    Athletic director Bill Moos reiterated that Robertson will remain in the broadcast as long as Moos is in his "chair." Moos recalls listening to Robertson broadcast WSU games when he was in high school.

  • I still vividly remember the first A Night With Cougar Football I attended in 2010 at Little Creek Casino in Shelton. During the recruiting highlights, Paul Wulff showed a clip of Marquess Wilson beating Tevin McDonald. "That kid is going to UCLA and Marquess kicked his [explicit] all night long," Wulff hollered at the crowd. Leach is much more sedate when discussing incoming recruits.

    That is why I noted with interest that Leach was effusive in his praise of cornerback Marcellus Pippins, who enrolled in January.

    Leach indicated that Pippins was faster than expected after seeing him in Midnight Maneuvers. And he seemed pleased with his progression as the team heads into spring practices.


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