ESPN's GameDay on line for Cougs in Tucson?

ESPN'S College GameDay said Saturday that Cougar fans' eternal goal -- GameDay coming to Pullman -- could be on the radar if WSU and Stanford continue to roll this weekend. WSU is at Arizona and Stanford hosts Washington. Published reports now say the Coug-Card game makes Pullman one of eight sites GameDay is considering for its Oct. 31 broadcast.

GameDay's parent network already has picked up the WSU-Stanford game for broadcast that evening at 7:30, so the momentum is trending the Cougars' way.

Mike Leach today told reporters “It's kind of a big deal if they come to campus, I guess ... If we’re on, it’ll be exciting." He said that when he was at Texas Tech that GameDay once was on campus in back-to-back weeks.

Arizona is an 8 1/2-point favorite on Saturday.

In 2014, WSU AD Bill Moos told a gathering of Cougar fans in Bellingham that the people he knows at GameDay are ready to bring their show to Pullman. "What we've got to do is get a string of wins put together and have an opponent who has done the same. Let me just say this, my staff is ready for them and we've got it all mapped out with where we would put them and how we could accommodate them," Moos said.

WSU is believed to have been close to securing GameDay several times, most notably in 2011. Entering a Week Five contest at UCLA that season, the Cougars were 3-1 and mighty Stanford was on the schedule for Pullman the following week. The Marshall Lobbestael-quarterbacked Cougs led nearly start to finish but fell 28-25. Shortly after, GameDay's Chris Fowler tweeted, "This might hurt, Wazzu fans. Gameday was planning on WSU to salute 4-1 start/107 weeks of The Flag b4 the 8pt lead was lost."

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