The Apple Cup will be moving back to Saturday in 2014, according to Bud Withers of the Seattle Times. The annual game between UW and WSU is scheduled for Nov. 29 in Pullman, two days after Thanksgiving. The time will come later when TV schedules are set.
The previous two editions of the Apple Cup had been played on Black Friday, much to the chagrin of fans on both sides.
Mike Leach's first season, 2012, also brought with it the Pac-12 Networks and the promise of television broadcasts for every conference football game. That promise requires some creative scheduling, with more league games played on Thursday nights and rivalry games moving to Black Friday, including the Apple Cup.
There was much concern over the Black Friday gameday, but the paid attendance still reached 30,554 for that 2012 edition, which will be more remembered for WSU's 18-point fourth-quarter comeback than the date on which it was played.
But the Apple Cup moving back to Saturday is better. The students will be more likely to come back early for the game, and the Alumni won't have to make the decision between waking up early and driving across the state or spending the night in Pullman for Thanksgiving.