Mike Leach, WSU getting nice reception in recruiting

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

WSU's solid finish seems to have helped the perception of the Cougars on the recruiting trail.

WSU is in an interesting place at the moment. The majority of assistant coaches are still on the road recruiting, but the team returned to practice on Thursday in advance of bowl selections on Sunday. Mike Leach and Mike Breske returned to Pullman and both said they received a warm reception on the recruiting road.

"There's no question," Leach said, via the Spokesman Review. "Nobody thought we were going to go to a bowl, and (WSU) hasn't gone for 10 years and the second year here, we are. So we'll build up from there."

Breske had similar things to say.

"The reception has been real good, especially for me in the Tri-Cities and Yakima area, (which) are strong Coug country," Breske said. "Especially when you go into schools, there are a lot of Cougs. It's been really good and they've been really positive about Coach Leach and everything that's been going on here."

WSU will practice on Saturday and again on Sunday before the bowl selections are announced. If WSU is selected, the staff will have to balance recruiting and bowl prep. Not a bad problem to have.

Football:

Cougs stay sharp while awaiting call - Spokesman.com - Dec. 5, 2013
PULLMAN – After nearly a week off since the Apple Cup, the Washington State football team returned to practice on Thursday.

WSU Thursday practice report - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Dec. 5, 2013
From Pullman -- The Cougars practiced inside the bubble for the first time this season, meaning that us reporters were unable to see what happened after the first 15 minutes. We did see players tricking out of the facility throughout practice, however. Find out why after the jump. ...

Podcast with Director of Athletics Bill Moos - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
During Monday's Cougar Calls with Bill Moos show, Director of Athletics Bill Moos talked extensively about the football program's bowl possibilities. In his latest podcast, conducted Thursday morning, Moos talks further about bowl possibilities for the football program.

With Cougs in Limbo, Moos remains optimistic | KREM.com Spokane
By not logging win No. 7 in the Apple Cup Washington State set itself up for an anxious week. With six wins a bowl game is possible, but not inevitable. That's where Bill Moos steps in.

Men's Basketball:

Cougars Cross Border to Take on Vandals - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS CROSS THE BORDER TO TAKE ON VANDALS: Washington State University men’s basketball (3-4) will make the short trek across the state border to take on Idaho (4-4) in the nation’s six-oldest continuous rivalry, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Cowan Spectrum.

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