Washington State will practice three times this week, and likely get in about 15 practices total for Holiday Bowl prep before Dec. 27 game

WASHINGTON STATE will practice three times this week before the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27, football chief of staff Dave Emerick said Monday on Bill Moos’ radio show.

The Cougs will practice Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Emerick said.   (The times haven’t been released by WSU yet. will be there to bring members our bowl practice coverage).

WSU will likely get in around 15 bowl game practices, Emerick said.

There are limiting factors.  This is dead week at Washington State, with final exams next week.   Also in play as far as bowl practice frequency: recruiting.

The Cougar coaches are out on the recruiting trial and because the in-home visitation period in December only runs 14 days (Nov. 27 – Dec. 11) the Wednesday practice is likely be run by a couple WSU coaches and the graduate assistants, with the remainder staying out on the road. 

If last year is any indication, Mike Leach will run the offense and Alex Grinch will handle the defense on Wednesday.

Also going off last year in looking ahead to next week: During 2015 finals week, WSU waited until Thursday to hold its first practice. The Cougs then proceeded to practice Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The early bowl practices will focus on the youth. 

Washington State will fly out Dec. 22 and get in 3-4 practices in San Diego, Emerick said, before the bowl game held at Qualcomm (pictured above) on Dec. 27.  Kickoff is at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

There is no rule on the number of practices a team can hold before a bowl game. What does apply (at least part of the bowl prep time): standard NCAA in-session rules that put a cap on practice and other athletic activities such as meetings, weightlifting sessions and film study, at a maximum of four hours per day and 20 hours per week.  The 20-hour rule applies when a school is in-session. Once a school is no longer in-session, the 20-hour cap no longer applies.

Generally, however, a school will still stay within 20 hours so as not to overtax players by holding unlimited practices, team meetings and so on. The phrase "paralysis by analysis" comes to mind.

WSU sold more tickets (4,800) in less than 24 hours for the Holiday Bowl than it sold total for either the Sun Bowl (2015) or New Mexico Bowl (2013), WSU SID told CF.C.  The ticket allotment for the 2016 Holiday Bowl per school is 7,000 tickets.  Back in 2003 when the Cougs last went to the Holiday, the ticket allotment per school was 11,500 tickets.  WSU sold more than 12,000.

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