Hot Cougar Action: Basketball on a Sunday?

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WSU may be losing an assistant football coach and the men's basketball team faces Fresno State this afternoon.

Men's Basketball

A lot of people have routines on Sundays. Whether its going to church or making a trip to the Home Depot or watching football all day. Whatever you are used to, it likely does not involve watching the WSU men's basketball team. That will change today as with the new scheduling system the Cougars will play a Sunday afternoon game against Fresno State. The tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT or as I like to call it, sometime during the third quarter of the Seahawks game noon PT. (Or as Nusser, who is editing this thing, likes to call it, beer drinking time at Seahawks pregame function next to the CLink.)

Washington State Cougars Vs. Fresno State Bulldogs: 12/9/12 Scott's Free College Basketball Pick Against the Spread " Sports Chat Place
The Fresno State Bulldogs travel to face off with the Washington State Cougars in this exciting non conference matchup. The Bulldogs are currently 5-3 on the season while the Cougars are 5-4. Fresno State plays in the Mountain West Conference and Washington State is in the Pac-12.

Lacy rehabs his game along with knee - Spokesman.com - Dec. 9, 2012
PULLMAN – Sitting and watching can do funny things to basketball players.

Football

There are reports that WSU linebacker coach Jeff Choate is headed to UTEP as the new defensive coordinator, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. Coachingsearch.com was first to report the news and the El Paso Times also said Choate is on his way to UTEP, but they didn't cite a source. Could Choate be the next UTEP defensive coordinator? Absolutely, but I'll wait until there is confirmation before throwing out names for a replacement. Sean Kugler hasn't even been officially announced as the UTEP head coach and as we saw last year with Mike Smith, these things can fluctuate.

Report: Choate to UTEP as defensive coordinator - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Dec. 8, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — It appears as if Washington State may have to find a new linebackers coach. The website CoachingSearch.com, along with the El Paso Times, reported Saturday that Jeff Choate will join new UTEP coach Sean Kugler as that team's defensive coordinator.

Cougars lose football assistant Choate to UTEP " Kitsap Sun
Mike Leach hired an all-new group of assistant coaches when he took over as Washington State's head football coach after the 2011 season, but the retirement of former WSU head coach Mike Price has led to the loss of one of Leach's most important hires.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach, Sean Kugler, will take over as UTEP's head football coach - El Paso Times
Kugler's staff is already taking shape, as Washington State linebackers coach Jeff Choate will be his defensive coordinator.

Breaking: UTEP hires Sean Kugler as head coach; Jeff Choate to join staff | CoachingSearch.com
Additionally, CoachingSearch.com has learned that Washington State linebackers coach Jeff Choate will be named defensive coordinator at UTEP.

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