HOT COUGAR ACTION: Wednesday Morning Links

Tuesday was a busy day for both current and former Washington State coaches. Ken Bone and June Daugherty held their weekly press conferences while two former coaches on Paul Wulff's staff landed new jobs. Seven coaches from Wulff's staff have new jobs including Jody Sears (Weber State), Chris Ball (Arizona State), Todd Howard (California), Sturdy (Montana State), Niekamp (UL-Monroe), Mike Levenseller (Idaho) and Chris Tormey (Wyoming).

MBB: Ken Bone weekly press conference 1/24 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

June Daugherty Press Conference 1/24 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Cats hire offensive coordinator, running backs coach | KTVQ.com | Q2 | Billings, Montana
BILLINGS - Montana State football coach Rob Ash isn't wasting any time filling his vacant coaching positions. Todd Sturdy, the former offensive coordinator at Washington State, gets the nod as MSU's new offensive coordinator.

Berry Announces Travis Niekant as Tight Ends Coach
MONROE, La. -- ULM head football coach Todd Berry announced Tuesday the hiring of Travis Niekamp as the new tight ends coach for the Warhawks. His hire is pending final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

I'm not sure who Travis Niekant is, but I bet he knows Aden Faisal.

USBWA > News > Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Washington State guard Aden Faisal as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 22. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 21 this season.

Cougars Travel South to Take on Arizona and Arizona State - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS HIT THE ROAD TO TAKE ON ARIZONA IN A TELEVISED EVENT: The Washington State University men's basketball team (11-8, 3-4) hits the road to face the Arizona Wildcats (13-7, 4-3) Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT. (8:30 p.m. MT) at the McKale Center. The game will be nationally televised on FSN/ROOT. Saturday the Cougars travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State (6-13, 2-5) at 2 p.m. PT (3 p.m. MT) at Wells Fargo Arena. Saturday's game can be seen on ROOT. In addition, the games can be heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call. Please see the list of affiliates on page one of today's notes for more information.

WSU football assistants highest paid in school history " Kitsap Sun
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos constantly emphasizes that the price of success is not cheap, and Moos backed up his words by approving the highest assistant coach's salary in school history for new football defensive coordinator and secondary coach Mike Breske.

Aden finds a home at Washington State
Looking for a scorer in case Klay Thompson jumped to the NBA after his sophomore season, Washington State coach Ken Bone found Faisal Aden in a camp for junior college players.

Pac-12 football: Hotline projections for the 2012 season | College Hotline

6. Washington State: Just as the middle of the North is muddled with Cal, Stanford and Washington, so to is the bottom. WSU could very well overtake Oregon State — Mike Leach just might have more talent at his disposal than Mike Riley (assuming, for the moment, that QB Jeff Tuel stays healthy). Don’t be surprised to see the Cougars in a bowl game.

Emerick is Leach’s right-hand man - Spokesman.com - Jan. 25, 2012

PULLMAN – Dave Emerick’s explanation of his official title on Washington State’s football staff is fairly simple. It also provides a humorous glimpse of his boss’ personality.

Success at home’s a constant in league

It’s definitely tempting to go overboard about Washington State’s weekend, with wins over two teams that were in first place entering each game, but should we have really been surprised? The games were in Pullman, after all, and doesn’t the home team always win in the Pac-12? Well, almost.

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