Handful of old gridders score again for WSU

TWO FORMER Cougar football players scored again for Washington State last year, donating $50,000 or more each to the Cougar Athletic Fund, according to WSU records. And another two former players contributed between $10,000 and $49,000 each.

Mike Dreyer, a starting Cougar offensive lineman from 1984-85, and Bud Norris, the former mayor of Mount Vernon who played tight end and linebacker at WSU from 1964-66, contributed $50,000 or more each in 2013-14.

Meanwhile, Steve Boots, a standout Cougar linebacker from 1965-67, and 1988 consensus All-American offensive lineman Mike Utley contributed $10,000 or more in 2013-14.

A group of three former Cougar footballers -- Ed Tingstad (1986-88), Ron Claudon (1978-79) and Jerry Henderson (1966-68) -- donated between $5,000 and $9,999.


In addition, 10 former WSU footballers donated between $2,500 and $4,999 each in 2013-14. They are:

Chuck Beckel (1952-54), Mike Beasley (1982-85) Brett Carolan (1990-93), Brian Danaher (2007-09), Ron Hawkins (1989-90), Matt Kegel (2000-02), Dave Middendorf (1965-67), Bill Moos (1970-72), Marv Nelson (1957-59) and Robbie Tobeck (1991-92). Coach Mike Leach also donated at this level.

Other sports notables who donated to the CAF in 2013-14 were Keith and Turi Ann Jackson ($10,000 or more), Raveling Era basketballer Chris Monson ($10,000 or more) and former WSU basketball player and assistant coach Jud Heathcote ($2,500 or more).

  • Utley, Boots, Dreyer and Tingstad also are "benefactors" of the Cougar Athletic Fund, meaning their lifetime giving to the department totals somewhere between $100,000 and $1 million. In addition to those four, six other former WSU football players rank as benefactors for their generous lifetime giving to athletics: Drew Bledsoe (1990-92), Don Ellingsen (1956-58), Dick Farman (1936-38), Ryan Leaf (1995-97), Les Orr (1939) and Mark Rypien (1982-85). Three other CAF benefactors who didn't play football at WSU but are well known for their work in the world of sports are Keith Jackson, John Chaplin and Craig Ehlo.

  • CF.C didn't research CAF records for former football players who donated less than $2,500 to athletics in 2013-14. And while we can't be sure we haven't missed someone who should be listed above, we scoured the CAF's list and the all-time football lettermen's list multiple times in an effort to be as accurate as possible.

    BLEDSOE(left) and LEAF (right) made noteable donations after signing their NFL contracts while Rypien (center) did so after ascending to stardom in the NFL.

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