HOT COUGAR ACTION: The Next Step In The Martin Stadium Remodel

Today is the next step in what has been a marathon of steps in the Martin Stadium remodel. The Board of Regents is meeting this afternoon to receive an update on the next phase of the project. They will then hold another meeting in November to approve financing for said phase.

The phase they are discussing today will include premium seating and press box enhancements. This phase, costing an estimated $80 million, does not include the football operations building. For more details on the meeting as well as some updated drawings of the proposed changes, you can download this PDF.

While I'm excited about the new project, the Martin Stadium remodel has taken so long it has almost become the lead into a joke, similar to a yo mamma joke.

The Martin Stadium remodel is taking so long, when it started Kyle had a functioning liver.

The Martin Stadium remodel is taking so long, when it started Ron Burgundy was doing the nightly news.

The Martin Stadium remodel is taking so long, when it started we all liked Tony Bennett.

The Martin Stadium remodel is taking so long, when it started Neil Vincent Roberts was busy arguing with Comcast about outages during the 2003 World Series pivotal game six.

The Martin Stadium remodel is taking so long, when it started Reid Forrest was merely a high school student and not a four time Heisman winning cyborg.

The Martin Stadium remodel is taking so long, when it started this joke was still funny.

WSU's Tuel out of practice, status unclear - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 24, 2011
Jeff Tuel was not at practice Monday night as he was undergoing an examination of his injured left shoulder and a sore right calf. Read on for more from Washington State's short practice.

Washington State regents asked to approve $80 million for Martin Stadium | Seattle Times Newspaper
Washington State University regents will be asked next month to approve the plans for $80 million worth of improvements to Martin Stadium, with a portion of the money to come from the Pac-12's new television contract that dramatically increased revenues to each team.

College Football Power Rankings: Pac-12 | AthlonSports.com
11. Washington State (3-4, 1-3) – The Cougars once again appeared to have lost starting quarterback Jeff Tuel, who led the game at halftime with an apparent injury (he was 11-of-13 for the game). Marshall Lobbestael stepped in but could do nothing to help a porous Wazzzu defense that allowed 551 yards of offense to Oregon State. The 44-21 loss to OSU was a must-win if Paul Wulff wanted to get his team to the postseason — or get himself a contract extention. Both now seem to be out of reach with a brutal upcoming schedule: at Oregon, at Cal, Arizona State, Utah and Washington.

Tuel suffered two injuries; status still unclear - Spokesman.com - Oct. 24, 2011
PULLMAN – Quarterback Jeff Tuel did not attend Monday night’s Washington State football practice and his status for Saturday’s game at Oregon is still not determined. Tuel, who fractured his left clavicle Sept. 5, in the season opener vs. Idaho State, re-aggravated that injury in last Saturday’s 44-21 loss to Oregon State in Seattle. He also suffered a previously undisclosed right calf injury early in that contest.

College Sports | NCAA President Mark Emmert supports $2,000 payments to athletes | College football | Seattle Times Newspaper
WASHINGTON — NCAA President Mark Emmert backed a proposal to allow conferences to increase grants to student-athletes by $2,000, "to more closely approach" the full cost of attending college, beyond the athletic scholarships athletes receive for tuition, fees, room, board and books.

Ducks set loose on Cougs from Palouse | Sports | KATU.com - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon
After corralling Colorado 45-2, the No. 7 Ducks (6-1) host Washington State (3-4) this Saturday at noon. The improved Cougs just allowed 551 yards in a 44-21 loss to Oregon State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

First Look: Washington State at Oregon - Spokesman.com - Oct. 24, 2011
Winning may not be a viable option this week, but playing well can certainly be. After the disappointing loss to Oregon State last weekend, the Cougars need to bounce back Saturday in the toughest Pac-12 venue. Last year WSU battled the Ducks fairly even early in Pullman, but ran out of gas in the second half. Jeff Tuel threw 40 times that day, but whether he’ll be able to play this week due to a left shoulder injury is still to be determined.

DUCKS NOTES: Kelly on Cougars, Harris' taunting and more
"They're an improved team," Kelly says, of the Cougars.

Pac-12 power rankings: Week 9 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
11. Washington State: Three consecutive defeats and the Cougars are reeling and back near the basement. There is a small consolation. It's Colorado.

Washington State falls flat in Seattle - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Sports

Well, that was telling. The Washington State Cougars were dominated in every facet of the game against Oregon State in a 44-21 loss at CenturyLink Field Saturday night.

An 'improved' WSU team up next for No. 7 Oregon Ducks | OregonLive.com

One would have to stretch their imagination to conjure up scenarios in which Washington State would upset No. 7 Oregon this Saturday in Autzen Stadium. But make no mistake, this is an improved WSU team.

Scout.com: Moos: Cougs still have good bowl chance

BILL MOOS on his weekly call-in show Monday reiterated that any evaluation of the coaching staff will not be made until the end of the season. WSU fans should not lose sight of the fact there is a lot of football season left, he added. He went on to say the Cougs’ mindset is always to win every game, but taking four of the next five is also doable. 

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