Hot Cougar Action: Baseball wins and Mike Leach lands a quarterback

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

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It was a busy Saturday for the WSU football program. On the field, the Cougars went through their fifth practice of spring football. Off the field, WSU added its first 2014 commitment with quarterback Peyton Bender.

Practice brought the return of safety Deone Bucannon, who returned after leaving early on Thursday. Saturday's practice also resulted in one of the best quotes of the spring from Mike Leach. Via Christian Caple.

One more quote from Leach, on WSU's 2.66 fall semester grade-point average, the highest since the school began tracking such marks in 1980: "Happy about it, but we talked about this: if everybody got one grade higher, if the whole group got one grade higher, we'd probably lead the nation. That's more within striking distance than a person would think. I've been a part of it three times. If you get somewhere between 2.9 and 3.0, 3.0 and change, you'll lead the nation in the public institutions. The privates? Who knows what kind of mischief they're up to. I mean, they hide their books and everything else, so they'd probably be a little more forthcoming if they weren't hiding something. So I think they warrant suspicion."

David Shaw is such a rabble rouser.

Football:

Cougar receiver Lewis impresses Leach - Spokesman.com - March 30, 2013
PULLMAN – So loquacious is Mike Leach that he’s sure to have a clever way to describe the game of freshman receiver Robert Lewis, a slight, super-quick athlete who’s been working into Washington State’s receiver rotation through the team’s first five practices this spring. But Lewis’ most important asset is so simple that Leach spits it out as if reciting a fact he’s known his whole life.

Cardinal Gibbons QB Peyton Bender commits to Washington State - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Cardinal Gibbons quarterback Peyton Bender only needed one offer. Bender committed to Washington State Saturday on an unofficial visit to Pullman. The Cougars offered him — it was his first extended scholarship — on Friday.

Cougar Football Spring Practice Recap, Day 5 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State football continued spring practice Saturday with two-hour workout in helmets and shoulder pads in Martin Stadium.

Baseball:

The Cougars retired John Olerud's number on Saturday and came away with an 8-5 win against Stanford. While happy with the win, Donnie Marbut said he didn't "love" Saturday's performance. He also said will over skill wins games, which is ... something.

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Cougars Knock Off Stanford - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jason Monda earned the victory on the mound in relief and provided a two-run home run to seal Washington State's 8-5 win over No. 23 Stanford in Pac-12 Conference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Saturday.

Basketball:

More on the Cougars latest verbal commitment, Danny Lawhorn, who Craig covered here.

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Cougars land top junior college point guard " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — The Washington State basketball team could use a helping hand after going 4-14 in the Pac-12 Conference this season, and the Cougars have landed one of the best helpers in the nation from the junior college ranks.

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