HCA: Jake Rodgers' exit interview

William Mancebo

Jake Rodgers gave some reasoning behind his decision to leave WSU.

A number of players have left WSU in recent seasons, but most aren't heard from beyond the announcement that they are leaving. Jake Rodgers, however, gave some insight into his decision to leave during a phone interview with Christian Caple. Here are a few excerpts:

"It wasn't working out for me," Rodgers said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I wasn't enjoying myself anymore. I guess my heart wasn't in it, so it didn't make sense for me to stay here."

WSU coaches were disappointed when Rodgers informed them of his decision to transfer, he said, and tried to convince him to stay. As a fourth-year player with legitimate starting experience, he would have either competed for a starting spot or provided needed depth on the offensive line. But his decision was final.

Rodgers hasn't been granted his release yet, but will most likely wind up at Eastern.

"Getting to see more of my family and being able to play in front of them and everything ... having their support means a lot to me," Rodgers said. "I think (EWU) is a good program."

I'm assuming he made that comment in relation to transferring to EWU compared to say Fresno State. I would assume Rodgers' family in Spokane was able to see him play home games at WSU.

Football:

Rodgers explains decision to leave WSU - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - May 23, 2013
The feeling started last season, Jake Rodgers said, and only got worse as the offseason progressed. The former Washington State offensive lineman just wasn’t having fun anymore.

Tough stretches: Pac-12 North - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Like every other team in this post, by virtue of playing in the North, the Cougars have a tough schedule.

Cougar Football Camp Dates Approaching - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State football will hold three different camps this summer. For more information, contact the WSU football office at 509-335-0250 or email football.camp@wsu.edu or visit wsufootballcamp.com.

Baseball:

WSU's baseball season comes to a close this weekend with a three-game series at Oregon State.

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Cougar Close Season at Oregon State - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State (22-30, 8-19 Pac-12) baseball team travels to Corvallis, Ore., for a three-game Pac-12 series at Oregon State (43-9, 22-5 Pac-12)

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