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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Saturday Morning Pregame Links

Today is senior day in Pullman which means 14 seniors will play their final home game in Martin Stadium. Senior day can be a very emotional event. For some reason it seems like a lot of dust storms hit that day and more than a few have some "allergy" issues.

Today's senior day is a little different. The group celebrating today fought through the most difficult years in program history. While this season may not be the true turn the corner season they were hoping to go out with, their efforts and perseverance through the dismal times are a credit to their character. 

Vince Grippi has a lot more on the senior class in the links below, but I think I can safely speak for most of us when I say thank you for not quitting when others did and working to turn the program around. Also, don't be afraid to go out with a bang.

COUGARS TO HONOR 14 ON SENIOR DAY: prior to Saturday's home finally against Utah, Washington state will honor 14 seniors who will be playing their final game in Martin Stadium. That list includes Isiah BartonDavid GonzalesB.J. GuerraAlex Hoffman-EllisWade JacobsonJared KarstetterMike LedgerwoodMarshall LobbestaelAnthony MartinezLogwone MitzTrase PickeringBrandon RankinAndrew Roxas and Dan Wagner.

From seniors to the stadium, a busy Friday - SportsLink - - Nov. 18, 2011
Earlier tonight we posted our roundtable interview – done, oddly enough, around a round table –  with the WSU fifth-year seniors, a piece that I had fun putting together. After the recorder was off, the guys began telling stories they didn't need to share. I was able to add one about Andrew Roxas, who attended the same high school as I did, just a "couple" years later. Read on.

WSU seniors say goodbye at Martin - - Nov. 18, 2011
PULLMAN – It happens every fall. All over America, college athletic programs honor their seniors, introducing them and their families before the final home game, thanking them for their service.

WSU Regents approve Martin Stadium project - - Nov. 18, 2011
PULLMAN – The Washington State University Board of Regents, meeting in Spokane on Friday morning, gave their final approval for the Martin Stadium remodeling project to go forward. The Regents approved the design of the project on the south side of the stadium and selling of up to $80 million in bonds to pay for it.

Badgers fall, 69-51, to hot-handed Washington State Cougars - - The Official Web Site of the Wisconsin Badgers
MADISON, Wis. -- With four players in double figures and a dominant second half, the Washington State Cougars (2-1) defeated the Wisconsin women's basketball team, 69-51, Friday night at the Kohl Center. - Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the Washington State Cougars
Utah will have its hands full as they travel to Pullman, Wash. to take on a freshman quarterback that has things turned around for Washington State. The Cougars (4-6) need to win their remaining two games to become bowl-eligible, something that they haven't done since 2003.

Cougars | Scouting report: Utah at WSU | Seattle Times Newspaper
The setup: Utah, which became bowl-eligible last week, tries to better its postseason position. It still holds a very slim chance of claiming the Pac-12 South spot in the league title game. WSU, coming off a rousing upset of Arizona State, needs the victory to retain hopes of bowl eligibility.

Cougars | Cougars to hold Apple Cup on a Friday | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Apple Cup this year has a new venue — CenturyLink Field — and next year brings something novel as well.