The Crimson and Gray Newswire

WSU DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR Robb Akey leaves 'em laughing with his Husky joke. Kate Benz does what she does best (everything). A pair of rookie Cougar baseballers -- one of whom was a 3-star quarterback prospest a year ago -- make their mark. Plus more news and notes from around the Cougar Nation.

Go 2 Guy: Cougar function is a laughing matter
-- Robb Akey's at the podium telling a joke. It's last Friday night at Emerald Downs and the Washington State football coaches are talking to WSU alums about a lot of things, mainly reaffirming why it's so great to be a Coug, as if that were necessary.
Seattle P-I

Golf course teed up for expansion bid
No dirt has been moved, no sod has been laid, but work on WSU's new 18-hole golf course expansion project is under way. Now in the final stages of design, the $8.5 million project is slated to go to bid later this month, with a potential groundbreaking set for late spring when the weather is drier.
WSU Today Online


Hatteberg thrilled Reds gave him a chance
When the Oakland Athletics decided that Scott Hatteberg didn't fit in their plans anymore, the first baseman figured he would find plenty of good opportunities in free agency. With spring training only one week away, he was still looking.
Associated Press/Lima (Ohio) News

Devil Rays' winningest pitcher off to irritating start
What started as slight irritation a few weeks ago turned into at least minor frustration Sunday as left-hander Mark Hendrickson had to cut short a pitching session because of what was described as a strain of the ilio-tibial band in his right thigh.
St. Petersburg Times


The brave one: Kate Benz
The award usually goes to the player who made the biggest impact on the court, so when Kate Benz won the Pac-10 Player of the Week award, it came as no surprise.
The Daily Evergreen


You heard it here first: Jared Prince will be a star
Jared Prince is beginning to feel like a king. A freshman, Prince came to WSU from North Kitsap High School as an all-around athlete and in a short time has gone from rags to riches, proving underclassmen are a valuable asset to Cougar baseball. "You heard it here first: This guy is going to be a star in the Pac-10, an absolute star," WSU head coach Donnie Marbut said this week.
The Daily Evergreen

After a 6-2 start, rookie pitcher comfortable and confident
Transferring to WSU after two years at Salt Lake Community College, right-handed hurler Nick Ison is ready to help the Cougars' 2006 effort to return to prominence in the Pac-10. He's off to a great start.


It's time for WSU to claim 1915 national title
Back in November, Cougar fan Michael Baumgartner made a strong case here for Washington State being named football national champions for the 1915 season. WSC went undefeated in that campaign and capped it with a victory over Brown in the first of the continuous Rose Bowl games. Newly unearthed evidence lends compelling grist to support Mr. Baumgartner's argument.

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