HOT COUGAR ACTION: Cougar Athletic Fund Update

Yesterday, WSU Athletics released some membership updates for the Cougar Athletic Fund (CAF) and they are impressive.

At the end of 2011, the CAF had 4,084 members, that number has now grown to 5,228 members with 1,144 new members joining since the start of 2012. That 28 percent increase in membership is impressive on it's own, but it's even more impressive when you consider the 4,084 number includes members who joined in December after Mike Leach was hired.

In my limited amount of Googling, I wasn't able to find a CAF member number prior to Leach's hiring, but I think it's safe to assume there was significant growth in December. It wouldn't surprise me if the CAF has added 1,500 members since Leach's arrival which would be just shy of 50 percent growth.

This is all before Leach even steps on the practice field for the first time. Impressive stuff. You can find more information on the Cougar Athletic Fund, including how to become a member here.

Men's Basketball

UCLA needs new plan for Motum | motum, zone, points - Sports - The Orange County Register
LOS ANGELES – One of the most interesting angles to UCLA's matchup with Washington State on Thursday night will be how the Bruins try to defend Cougars forward Brock Motum and how the Australian will respond if UCLA confronts him with a zone.

Lodwick: 8th Place Cougars Still Confident At Season's End - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
With a loss to rival Washington in the rear view mirror, Washington State is moving on with two more regular season games to go.

Pac-12 Confidential | More on the Bone-Simon decision . . . | Seattle Times Newspaper

Ken Bone, the Washington State basketball coach, provided further insight Tuesday into his decision to insert sophomore Patrick Simon for the climactic shot of the Washington game Saturday.

Tuesdays with Ken Bone - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Feb. 28, 2012

FROM PULLMAN — There were a couple of news items to come out of Ken Bone's press conference today, so we'll get right to it. Hop on over to the jump to read more.

Ken Bone Press Conference 2/28 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Women's Basketball

Cougars Close Out Regular Season Hosting UCLA, USC - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON HOSTING UCLA and USC: Washington State University will close out regular season play this week, hosting UCLA 7 p.m. Thursday and USC, 1 p.m. Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.

June Daugherty Press Conference 2/28 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Football

WSU's Volero, Leach formed bond while fishing - Spokesman.com - Feb. 28, 2012
PULLMAN – It didn’t matter to Paul Volero where Mike Leach wound up coaching in the end. All Washington State’s outside linebackers coach knew was that if Leach offered him a job, that’s where he was headed.

Baseball

Donnie Marbut Press Conference 2/28 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

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