The GA who really wanted Cougars to go for 2

TO ANSWER QUESTION one, his name is Chris Reinert. He’s a graduate assistant coach at Washington State and his chief job on game days, he told today in a light-hearted conversation, is to make sure the Cougars have the correct offensive personnel on the field for each play.

To answer question two, yes indeed, he was passionately advocating that Mike Leach go for two to win the game Saturday at Oregon following the Luke Falk-to-Dom Williams TD aerial with one second left in regulation.

Little did he know that his energetic advocacy and Leach’s stoic response would be caught on camera and turn into the stuff of Web and Twitter lore.

He figured it out quickly after the game.

“I didn’t realize I would be getting phone calls and texts about it,” he said. Even Dad was curious, texting that night to ask if his son was advocating for the two-point-conversion or simply wanting an answer on whether it would be one or two.

“It’s no secret I wanted to go for two,” Reinert said with a chuckle. “Win the game right now -- go for the throat. We would have scored -- they wouldn’t have stopped us! But Coach Leach made the right decision. He’s the smartest guy out there. He was evaluating what everyone was saying.

“I could hear Coach (Jim) Mastro near me (on the sideline) yelling no,” Reinert said. As for what was being suggested over the headsets, he was too busy waving two fingers in front of Leach to remember.

“It’s pretty hectic because there’s not a lot of time to work with. All the extra point guys are conditioned to going out after a touchdown, so if we were going to keep the offense on the field we needed to decide.

“I wanted to go for two. I’m passionate and can be pretty loud. Coach Leach was totally cool and calm and he made the right decision.”

Reinert is in his second season as a WSU graduate assistant after three years at UCLA, where he served as a quality control assistant on defense. Mastro, the Cougars’ running backs coach who came from UCLA, is how Reinert landed in Pullman.

He spent last season working with the WSU secondary and then switched to the offensive side of the ball this season. He played receiver and returned kicks at Vanderbilt from 2005-09 and earned All-SEC Academic honors five straight seasons. He prepped at Servite High in Anaheim, Calif.

As for the all the attention he’s receives over the last two days, he’s a little sheepish.

“The team is the talk of the town, not me,” he said. “They put in a great week of work. That game showed what these guys are capable of – they can play at a high level with anybody every time they go on the field. They are shifting the conversation about what they can do.”

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