SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Keenan Allen #21 of the California Golden Bears is tackled by Tyree Toomer #15 of the Washington State Cougars at AT&T Park on November 5, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SB Nation and the Pac-12 have teamed up to preview each school's debut on the new Pac-12 Networks, and WSU is up next with a story at Pac-12.org on the game against Eastern Washington, written by yours truly. An excerpt:
When the Washington State Cougars make their debut on the Pac-12 Networks at noon PDT on Sept. 8, they’ll already have one game under their belts after opening the season at BYU the week before. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of intrigue in Pullman on that day.
Fans have more or less been floating on cloud nine since the announcement last November that Mike Leach would be the school’s next head coach. For the first time in years, expectations around the program are sky high: Never before has the school hired a football coach with such an extensive history of success at the sport’s highest level.
Leach took Texas Tech to 10 bowl games in 10 seasons. WSU has been to 10 bowl games in its history, and never more than three in a row.
This game against Eastern Washington presents a rare confluence of factors that figures to make this as much a celebration of the state of Cougar football as an actual football contest.
Again, you can read it here.
While we're on the topic of the Pac-12 Networks, now seems like a good time to let you know the Pac-12 has a Facebook app that will let you know if your provider has already entered into a carriage agreement with the conference. Even if you know that your provider does not yet have an agreement with the Pac-12 -- like, say, my provider (DirecTV) -- the app still has some use to you: At the end, you have the option to send a message to your carrier to let them know that you want the Pac-12 Networks.