The Crimson and Gray Newswire

COUGARS OF ALL KINDS -- young, old and incoming -- are in the headlines. Here's a smattering of recent tales from around the nation. Topics range from recruiting and the Super Bowl to baseball and basketball. You'll like what you hear from Bellevue High's head football coach and cringe when the PI's Jim Moore tells you what might have been.

RECRUITING:

Loyalty brings Dillon back to WSU
Two years later, Charles Dillon signed another letter of intent to play football for Washington State on Wednesday. This time, he intends to make an immediate impact in Pullman.
Ventura County Star

Signing Day spotlight: Parents play key role
Chris Ivory is headed far from home to the Pacific Northwest. It was a hard decision, says Chris' mom. But his official trip to Pullman, in which she came along, convinced them both it was the right place.
Longview (Texas) News-Journal

'Big Play' Rosenberg offers Cougars big hope
To a team that lost a slew of games by making critical errors at the most important times, Butch Goncharoff's words when asked about a star player must sound wonderful.
Spokesman-Review


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT:

Jerome Harrison up for PI Sports Star of Year Award
The east side of Kalamazoo, Mich., is no place for impressionable minds. Ravaged by gang activity, the local parks host more muggings and drug deals than pick-up football. Jerome Harrison witnessed it all growing up there."
Seattle P-I

Former WSU DT Tomasi Kongaika headed indoors
Head Coach Dan Maciejczak headed to the Rapid City airport to pickup defensive lineman Tomasi Kongaika. "I went to the airport, knowing only a kid's name, but had no idea who I was looking for," Maciejczak said. "When Tomasi came walking out of the plane, I no longer questioned who I was picking up, but how he fit in the plane."
OSC Sports CentralI

Spokane Shock sign ‘Fab Fiver' Taylor
Nian Taylor said he hasn't changed much since his days as a member of Washington State University's "Fab Five" receiving corps. "I still catch the ball, I'm still fast and I still score lots of touchdowns," Taylor said.
Spokesman-Review


SUPER BOWL:

Go 2 Guy reports: Polamalu almost roamed Palouse
Troy Polamalu recalled that WSU offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller recruited him seven years ago but said he opted for USC because he "had to get out of the Northwest weather." Reached Wednesday on letter-of-intent day, Levenseller said he was "99 percent sure" that Polamalu was going to be a Coug.
Seattle P-I

Doba firmly in corner of Trufant and Tobeck
With no Cougars on the roster, the Steelers have no chance at winning the Super Bowl, WSU head coach Bill Doba predicts in a survey of regional celebrities.
The Olympian


HOOPS:

Cougs, Dawgs seek to break out of skids
In an unusual turn of events, both teams are hoping to snap losing skids when the state's two Pacific-10 Conference schools meet Saturday in Pullman. Since beating then-No. 10 Washington in Seattle on Jan. 7, the Cougars have lost six straight conference games. The 16th-ranked Huskies will try to rebound from back-to-back road losses at California and Stanford.
Seattle P-I


BASEBALL:

A youth movement in Cougar baseball
Washington State University enters the 2006 baseball season continuing its youth movement as 21 first-year players join 14 players with just one season on the squad. Despite the relative youth of the Cougars, head coach Donnie Marbut has high expectations as he heads into his second season leading WSU.
CBSsportsline


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

From Boss Hog to Head-Crackin' Bracken
Tyron Brackenridge could only watch as his team, his defense, was torched by Pac-10 opponents. He could only watch as enemy QBs and receivers racked up career nights and 40-point games. Ineligible to play in 2005 for academic reasons, the fact he was one of the best at his position – and showed it in practice -- meant nothing. Now, with 2006 spring workouts less than two months away, the senior from Claremont, Calif., is ready to assume his place in the starting lineup..
Cougfan.com


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