Jack Thompson elected to Polynesian Hall of Fame

WSU Athletic Communications

The Throwin' Samoan is being honored as one of the inaugural members of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Jack Thompson may not be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, but the WSU great is headed to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Thompson will be part of the inaugural class, another honor to his list of career accomplishments. Thompson is in the WSU Hall of Fame and is one of two players to have his jersey retired by WSU.

This, of course, is another opportunity to bring up how dumb the College Football Hall of Fame requirements are. As Jeff detailed a while back, in order to be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, a player had to be selected as a first team All-American by a national outlet. The Sporting News named Thompson a first team All-American in 1978, but the College Football Hall of Fame didn't recognize the Sporting News as a qualified publication until the 1980s, thus Thompson is ineligible.

Football:

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Dominique Williams returned to practice on Wednesday, and you'd never know he left. That's good news for the Cougars, who regain the services of one of their most explosive wide receivers. The offense carried the day for WSU with starting quarterback Connor Halliday and backup Austin Apodaca looking sharp. We got a chance to catch up with coach Mike Leach and defensive line coach Joe Salave'a after practice, read on for the interview.

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Sean Mannion is effectively perfect. With 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions, Oregon State’s quarterback is as close to flawless as a Swiss watch. His 2,018 passing yards lead the quarterback-fertile Pac-12, and his 67.2 percent completion clip is the envy of offensive coordinators across the county.

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If you thought the Stanford game was rough for Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, go back and watch last year's game against Oregon State.

Jack Thompson Elected to Polynesian Football Hall of Fame - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State Athletic Hall of Famer Jack "The Throwin’ Samoan" Thompson was one of seven inductees named to the inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class, it was announced today

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SPOKANE, Wash.: Washington State shows big improvement | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
SPOKANE, WASH. — At the midpoint of the 2013 season, Washington State has one more win and more rushing yards than it did all of last season.

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