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THE MORNING PAPER: WSU goes for a national championship

What's that? You have no idea what I'm talking about?

How about trying this one on for size: As I write this, the women's rugby team -- a club sport at WSU -- is playing Shippensburg University from Pennsylvania in one of the two national semifinals of the Division II championships at Palo Alto, Calif.

Grippi's got a nice write-up on the team if you're interested in the full story. They're 11-0, and ranked No. 4 nationally, but it's been taxing for them to try and compete on a national scale -- they've racked up about $20,000 in debt competing in the tournament. They're going to have to pay back that money through fundraising, so if you'd like to contribute something to their cause in celebration of the way they've represented the school, you can do so at their Web site.

There's a lot of other news out there this morning, as well.

  • As if right on cue, the Huskies and Cougs will get a chance to take out their aggressions against each other this weekend ... in track. Here's the brief from the Seattle Times, while the full WSU Athletics release can be found here. The meet starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the UW, and admission is free. Weather permitting -- it's supposed to be pretty gross over here tomorrow -- I might actually try and get over there for some of it, because I'm supposed to be in Seattle in the morning anyway.
  • The winningest QB in WSU history has taken the next step in his coaching career, as Jason Gesser was named the head coach at Eastside Catholic yesterday. Gesser, who lives in the Puyallup area, has been assistant coaching for a few years now in between playing in the Arena Football League, and it now seems he's given up on his playing career for good. I don't know much about the school, but it's never a bad thing to have the resources of a private school at your fingertips.
  • Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is going to be inducting WSU great Hugh Campbell in November. Campbell, a former wide receiver, is an old-timer --he played at WSU from 1960-62 -- but you probably heard his name a lot the last few years, because it was his records in receiving yards and receptions that Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus broke. He went on to a distinguished career in the CFL in playing, coaching and managing. Congrats to him.