HOT COUGAR ACTION: Home Opener Almost Sold Out

Most WSU fans are focused on the season opener next Thursday, but looking ahead to the following week, it sounds as if Martin Stadium is going to be near capacity against Eastern Washington.

Adam Ganders is the manager of ticket operations for WSU so that is likely the best source you'll find. With the recent remodel project, Martin Stadium capacity is in the neighborhood of 34,500 which would mean 33,000 tickets are sold for the home opener.

If that is the case, it would be the first time WSU has drawn at least 33,000 in Martin Stadium since October 6, 2007 against Arizona State when they drew 35,117.

Maybe the old saying of "if you build it, they will come" is actually true. That or they should create a new saying of "if you hire Mike Leach, they will come."

Football

2012 Pac-12 Football Season Preview: Washington State Cougars - Addicted To Quack
The excitement is palpable in Pullman, where the hire of Mike Leach has energized a fan base that hasn't had anything to be excited about in far too long.

Martin Stadium plans on hold until TV deals are complete - Spokesman.com - Aug. 23, 2012
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos knows that money – much more of it than Washington State’s athletic department has ever seen – is on its way.

Cougars add swagger to replace the stagger - College Sports - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
Several Washington State football players and coaches have made reference to the "swagger" the Cougars carry onto the field these days.

Leach era begins at Washington State
Washington State has made some big changes, hiring a new coach and dramatically upgrading the stadium.

Running with the Pac - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Sports: mike leach, washington state, bill moos,
When former Washington State football coach Paul Wulff was fired Nov. 29, athletic director Bill Moos spoke of reinvigorating an apathetic Cougar fanbase that left many seats empty during the football season last fall.

NCAA Football Preview - Washington State Cougars | Fox News
It has been eight seasons since the Washington State Cougars last got a taste of the postseason. For the last four of those years Paul Wulff was the head coach and although he had his most successful season in 2011, at just 4-8 his time in Pullman came to end.

Washington State star receiver Marquess Wilson receiving competition — from freshman teammate Gabe Marks | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
When ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit unveiled his annual "Herbies" the other day — a list of preseason player superlatives — he named Washington State's Marquess Wilson fifth among his "best-kept secrets."

Mike Leach back swinging his sword at Wazzu - Yahoo! Sports

When he walked into the ballroom of the posh, marbled Fairmont Olympic Hotel on that chilly December night, the likes of Drew Bledsoe, Jack Thompson and Rueben Mayes were suddenly just faces in the crimson and gray crowd.

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