WSU temporarily elevates defensive staff member David Lose to give Cougs full complement of nine assistant coaches on recruiting trail

WASHINGTON STATE HAS TEMPORARILY elevated a defensive staff member to assistant coach, in order to give the Cougs the full complement out on the recruiting trail, WSU confirmed to The first stop? Hawaii.

WSU's David (Tevita) Lose tweeted out Tuesday night he was headed to the 808, the area code for Hawaii.  Among the Cougar recruiting targets Lose will presumably making in-home or in-school visits with in the Aloha State include DT Miki Suguturaga and LB Isaac Slade-Matautia.
Only the full-fledged nine assistant coaches are allowed to go out on the road and recruit. Lose is listed by Washington State as a sixth-year defensive assistant working in the film room and on scouting reports.

But with former DL coach Joe Salave’a’s departure to Oregon, WSU had less than its full complement of assistant coaches and NCAA rules allow for temporarily designating staff members to perform the roles and duties of an assistant coach -- including the all-important role of recruiting during the final contact period before Signing Day (Feb. 1).

Lose has already passed the NCAA certification test (recruiting) at the beginning of the year, a requirement before assuming the duties of an assistant coach.

Washington State is in the process of hiring a new defensive line coach. INYMI, here's a recent CF.C article.

WSU has temporarily elevated coaches to full assistant status in the past. During the stretch run before the 2015 class signed, Mike Leach elevated Eric Mele, Graham Harrell and Jarrail Jackson in replacing Mike Breske, Paul Volero and Eric Russell on the road. This past January, Leach temporarily elevated defensive quality control assistant Brian Odom after Dave Yost left for Oregon.

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