Fall camp fast approaching

SOME DATES AND INFO to keep in mind as we approach the beginning of the Cougar Football season. Oh, we realize we have yet to reach the midpoint of July... But the beginning of Fall Camp is less than a month away. The Cougs are coming off a Top Ten ranking in '03; their third in as many years. The last three seasons also marked the first time since 1972-74 that a Pac-10 team finished in the AP Top 10 three years in a row. Its time... Its time for the Cougar Nation to start gearing up for 2004.

Led by the team captains; seniors Sam Lightbody and Hamza Abdullah, junior Will Derting and sophomore Josh Swogger, the sounds of Fall camp and the Cougar Football season are nearly within earshot.
A smattering of key dates to get you primed:
PLAYERS REPORT on August 8 for Fall camp at Washington State, with the first day of practice slated for August 9.  More information on camp will be available as the opening date draws near...
PAC-10 Media Day
July 28, in Los Angeles.  On that day, the unveiling of the annual pre-season poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. 
While the Pac-10 media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion the last four years in a row, they have also selected the conference champion 21 of 43 times; a 49 percent clip.
It also should be noted that from 1993-2003, the eventual Pac-10 Conference Champion was picked to finish in the bottom half of the league four times.
Over the current 30-8 run by Washington State the past three seasons, the media has tabbed WSU to finish:


Predicted finish: 10th

Actual finish: 3rd*

Record 10-2


Predicted finish: 1st

Actual finish: 1st

Record 10-3


Predicted finish: 7th

Actual finish: 2nd

Record 10-3

*technically, t2nd.  Bowl slotting is referenced above.  Where the Cougs will be picked to finish this year...  Stay tuned.
Washington State at New Mexico -- Friday, September 3.  Kickoff: 5pm 
WSU Ticket Office: 1-800-GO-COUGS
The away game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Stanford at Washington State -- Saturday, October 16, Time TBD
USC at Washington State -- Saturday, October 30, Time TBD
FOR COMPLETE 2004 FOOTBALL TICKET INFORMATION:    http://wsucougars.collegesports.com/tickets/football04.html

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