The Crimson and Gray Newswire

WE'VE ALWAYS SAID the Cougars make good copy. From Bristol to Tacoma, newsroom keyboards have been clattering at top speed this week with Signing Day, the Super Bowl and more. We haven't collected it all, but here's a summary (and accompanying links) to give you a good flavor of the players, expectations and insights.


Saying no is the hardest part
It wasn't that long ago when recruiting coverage was almost non-existent on a national level. When I think about my own recruiting experience, it is difficult to remember ever doing an interview about the recruiting process. Of course, I wasn't nearly as hyped coming out of high school, but junior college was an entirely different story.

Grayshirting gets more attention
It's being used with increased frequency by schools to stockpile talent and provide athletes with additional time to develop before beginning their collegiate careers. WSU's Raonall Smith was the Pac-10's first-ever grayshirt.
Quad-City Times

Message to prep stars: R U goin 2 play 4 us?
Darren McKay recalls the golden years of football recruiting, before text messaging, when a phone call was still a phone call. McKay, the Gig Harbor High football coach, has always been a go-between for NCAA assistants and his players – arranging in-office phone conversations, giving out home or cellular numbers for his players, before decision day.
Tacoma News Tribune

More recruiters looks to hit Las Vegas
Population figures in Las Vegas are booming. New high schools are opening. And NCAA Division I football recruiters are paying close attention. It used to be in Las Vegas that once every few years a city product would go and play football at a major university.
Tacoma News Tribune


Fighting spirit makes Utley moving inspiration
An impulse in his brain sends a signal down the bottlenecked freeway that is Mike Utley's spinal cord, triggering the wobbly synapses and neurons in his left hand, where a muscle then fires, sending the tip of his index finger down on the "Play" button of the remote control . . . and bam . There it is, flickering across the TV screen in Utley's living room.
Washington Post

Tru Believers – Tacoma loves Marcus Trufant
Marcus Trufant's generosity bought athletic equipment and funded scholarships across Tacoma. Marcus Trufant's kindness helped refurbish the home of a single mom and her nine children. Marcus Trufant's success makes Tacoma eighth-grader Scott Hanson "feel like I can make something of my life, because he did."
Tacoma News Tribune

Robbie Tobeck's long hike to Pro Bowl
The Seahawks were on the clock when center Robbie Tobeck turned on his television on 2005 NFL draft day. His 10-year-old son Mason was watching with him, wondering whom the Hawks would take with the 26th overall pick.
Seattle Times


Plans for Martin upgrade underway
The first of four renovation stages will kick off after the Cougars finish their 2006 football season. For the other phases to become more than just conceptual drawings, though, the WSU athletic department needs to raise more money — some of it possibly from students.
The Daily Evergreen


Ferguson, WSU staying upbeat
The wins have been few and far between and the losses difficult to take, but Adriane Ferguson's passion and commitment for Washington State and the Cougars women's basketball team have never faltered.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CF.C is proud to again be a supporting sponsor of Bill Doba's annual dinner in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. Here's all the official details from WSU .... So sign up now! You'll hear a preview of the 2006 season and see some nice game clips of the new class of recruits. The dinner is Friday, Feb. 17 at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 6:45. Doba, Jim Sterk and many of the asst. football coaches will be there. To order your spot, call WSU-West at 206-448-1330.

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