WASHINGTON STATE'S varsity weight room is headed for an extensive renovation. WSU fans are encouraged to help underwrite the project and radio color commentator Jim Walden is leading the way. The former coach is soliciting old players and vowing to partially match their donations, up to $200,000.
The estimated cost of the project is roughly $550,000.
Weight rooms are a key factor for recruits when evaluating college programs. WSU's weight room was state-of-the-art when it was unveiled about 10 years ago but it's now time for an upgrade, WSU officials said at last week's "Night with Cougar Football" in Shelton.
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Head coach Paul Wulff says he does not anticipate any academic casualties on the team between now and fall camp.
Running back Rickey Galvin, tight end Aaron Dunn, offensive lineman John Fullington, defensive back Tracy Clark, receiver Bobby Ratliff and linebacker C.J. Mizell look to be prime candidates from the new recruiting class with a shot to play right away.
Wulff, who graduated from Davis High School near Sacramento, said Northern California will continue to be a major recruiting emphasis for the Cougars. "We have a history of successful players from Northern California," he said. "It's a great area for us to recruit." Nearly half of WSU's new recruiting class is from Northern California.
Wulff said he expects walk-on freshman Andrew Furney from Burlington-Edison High School to challenge incumbent Nico Grasu for the starting kicking position this fall. He raves about Furney's leg strength, accuracy and elevation. He also says "the sky's the limit" on the potential of walk-on punter Jake Miller of Spokane.
Broadcaster Bob Robertson, who will enter his 44th season as the Cougars' radio play-by-play announcer this fall, received the "Distinguished Service Award" from WSU's Alumni Association at the Shelton event. He previously was inducted as a broadcaster into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. "It's really an honor," Robertson said. "To the fans around the Pacific Northwest, you've made it pleasurable to be part of the Cougar family."