Typically, around this time of the week I've been finding obscure facts of WSU's next opponent and turning them into a post. WSU has no opponent this week, so with expansion talk all the rage, you all get expansion fun facts!
- The Google search "Pac-12 Expansion" yields 144,000 results.
- The Google search "Larry Scott is a god" yields 9 results.
- The Google search "Dan Beebe is an idiot" yields 526 results.
- Pac-12 expansion guru John Wilner has tweeted expansion 28 times in 2011
- Oregon State reserve cornerback Larry Scott has been tagged in hundreds of stories on SB Nation, all of which are about Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.
- On CougCenter, there have been 91 stories, 11 fan posts and 21 fan shots containing the word expansion.
- In 2012, this quote will still be true, "Washington State is getting more from its conference than the University of Texas."
WSU back on the practice field - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 20, 2011
COUGARS Washington State returned to the practice field Tuesday for bye week work, and there were a few less Cougars than expected. We cover the practice and coach Paul Wulff's press conference, so read on.
Pac-12 turning into conference for great running backs - Spokesman.com - Sept. 20, 2011
PULLMAN – The conference of quarterbacks is in danger of morphing into the league of extraordinary running backs. But there is a good reason for it.
Wulff says Cougars must learn to finish - seattlepi.com
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Coach Paul Wulff said his team must learn to finish games after squandering a 10-point lead in a 42-24 loss at San Diego State. The Cougars were outscored by three touchdowns in the final quarter, and turned the ball over three times in the final eight minutes Saturday.
Scout.com: WALDEN UNPLUGGED: The hell with Texas
JIM WALDEN HAS never been shy about expressing his opinions. So we had high hopes he could offer compelling words on what seems to be the inevitable expansion of the Pac-12, with two possible additions in the form of national powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma. The former Cougar coach and current WSU color man did not mince words.
WSU News Center - Working with team elevates coordinator's love of baseball
PULLMAN, Wash. - While waiting for the cold rain to stop in Berkeley, Calif., in March, Lindsay Weber thought to herself, "The baseball team might have to stay an extra day." Weather is just one of the challenges and unknowns Weber encounters in her job as Washington State University baseball operations coordinator.
Pac-12 says no (mostly) to expansion - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
And after all of the chatter about super-conferences and the Pac-Whatever, the Pac-12 has decided to... stay the Pac-12.
Now, Rueben Mayes did play very well inside Autzen Stadium. In 1984, he ran for 357 yards, but did so playing for the Washington State Cougars. Thus, not only did Mayes never wear an Oregon jersey, but given the geographical locations between Pullman and Eugene, there was no way that Gary Campbell could have ever coached him in the early 1980′s.
9:10 p.m. update: Been on the phone for last 30 minutes. Here’s why league did not expand, in a nutshell: It determined that a 14-school conference was awkward and it would not bow to Texas’ revenue demands.
After careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference," Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.