HOT COUGAR ACTION: Fall Camp Day 20 Recap

Have you ever had a day where you are trying to do something, then the doorbell rings and it's your friend coming over unannounced to hang out for the night, but he brought a pizza so you say what the heck and let him in?

Well, that happened to me Friday. Except instead of a friend, it was relatives from out of town. Instead of the night, they came for the weekend. Instead of bringing a pizza, all I got was a few stale Triscuit crackers. Awesome.

As a result, it's straight to the links.

Football Related Items

WSU hits a little bump on Friday - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 26, 2011
There is a time and a place to write that a team is injury free. The time is never and the place is fantasyland. Read on.

Central Kitsap grad McDonald living his 'dream' as walk-on at WSU " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Brett McDonald started both ways for the Central Kitsap High School football team, so he's a pretty tough cookie.

NCAA Football Preview - Washington State Cougars - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
Following that victory though was a losing skid that resembled ones the Cougars endured the previous two years. After a 35-21 setback to SMU, Pac-10 Conference play began, and league action has been a problem for WSU over the past few seasons. In fact, in the previous two campaigns the Cougars logged just a single conference victory.

Big Hits, Big Hair: Kaufusi Set to Emerge in Pac-12 - Redwood City, CA Patch
The hair is bigger than ever. So are the punishing hits. And now Washington State linebacker Sekope Kaufusi is set to bring those distinctive features and his blossoming game to the new Pac-12 Conference in what is shaping up to be a breakout season.

Trey Griffey’s favorite athlete isn’t his dad | KING5.com Seattle
We already knew Trey Griffey wasn’t following in his dad’s footsteps. The son of Seattle Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. plays high school football in Orlando. The wide receiver has been recruited by Washington State University.

WSU Football Scrimmage: Everything's A Go - SB Nation Seattle
The Washington State Cougars look ready for the regular season to start and are showing flashes of promise on both offense and defense.

Cougars | Washington State defensive end Travis Long leads with his motor, not his mouth | Seattle Times Newspaper
PULLMAN — This is the book on Travis Long: Rock-solid student, high-achieving football player, and a superlative waiting to happen as a person. You know, the kind of guy you'd want calling your daughter, etc.

Other WSU News and Expansion Talk

Pac-12 expansion: Assessing the options | College Hotline
The sense I got from numerous sources is that Scott believes he has made the Pac-12 an attractive place to be (which he has), with a rock-solid business model (which it has), and he’s finished shopping (as he should be). He’ll consider further expansion, but you have to call him. I suspect several schools will …. if they haven’t already. The question is whether there’s a combination of four schools that would make expansion worthwhile.

WSU bucks trend, loads up on freshmen | Seattle Times Newspaper
Washington State University will have 1,100 more in-state freshmen at its Pullman campus than last year. It's a very different approach from the University of Washington, which is cutting in-state enrollment by 150 students and adding more out-of-state students to help make up for state budget cuts.

Cougar Basketball to Hold Walk-on Tryouts - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University men's basketball will hold open walk-on tryouts Thursday, Sept. 15. 

Cougars Win Season Opener at Seattle U Fall Volley Tourney - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
SEATTLE -- The Washington State Cougars volleyball team opened the 2011 season and the Jen Greeny head coaching era with a 27-25, 24-26, 25-17, 25-20 win over Santa Clara Friday afternoon at the Seattle University Fall Volley Tournament at the Connolly Center. This was the 23rd time in the past 25 years that the Cougars have won their season-opening match and the seventh consecutive first match win.

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