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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Basketball Recaps And Mike Leach

Another Cougar Hardwood Classic, another win for WSU. The Cougars defeated Pepperdine 67-56 in front of a crowd of 9,831. This was the final non-conference game for WSU who will now move onto Pac-12 play starting with the Oregon schools next week.

But the night was more than basketball, WSU spotlighted Greg Rankich for his generous donation and Mike Leach received one heck of an introduction which included a smoke machine, yes a smoke machine. Leach didn't say much, but it was another cool moment in what is becoming a string of awesome moments when Leach shows up. I believe Nuss was able to get video of Leach at halftime and we will pass along a link when it's ready.

Leach spoke to the media briefly, saying among other things, he has not hired a defensive coordinator yet. Leach did confirm seven coaches have been hired. For more on those seven coaches, you can probably find something on the Internet somewhere.

WSU coasts past Pepperdine in Seattle - - Dec. 22, 2011
SEATTLE – After seven Cougar Hardwood Classics at KeyArena, host Washington State is still perfect. Although the seventh win – 67-56 over Pepperdine before 9,831 on Thursday – wasn’t anywhere near a perfect performance, especially down the stretch.

Cougars | New WSU football coach Mike Leach attends basketball game, talks of recruits | Seattle Times Newspaper
Mike Leach, the newly-hired Washington State football coach, appeared briefly at halftime of the WSU-Pepperdine basketball game at KeyArena, and the reception was warm.

Cold-starting Cougs beat frostier Waves | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
The Washington State Cougars aren’t always a lot of fun to watch, but they’re usually not much fun to play against, either. The Cougars overcame a painfully slow start and a spotty offensive performance to down offense-challenged Pepperdine, 67-56, Thursday night in the seventh annual Cougar Hardwood Classic at KeyArena.

Washington State Tops Pepperdine, 67-56 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
SEATTLE (AP) - Faisal Aden scored 17 points off the bench and Washington State continued to recover from its early-season slump with a 67-56 win over Pepperdine on Thursday night.

Cougars Fall Short of No. 11 Ohio St., 79-57 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Washington State University dropped a 79-57 decision at No. 11/13 Ohio State University Thursday evening. Junior forward Carly Noyes led the Cougars (6-6) with 15 points while senior guard Jazmine Perkins notched WSU's first double-double of the season with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman guard Tia Presley finished with 10 points, all in the first half

Pettway joins teammate at Washington State - Football Recruiting - West Region Blog - ESPN
"Yes sir, I’m a Cougar," Pettway said. "That was my first official visit back in November, and I really liked it. I was committed to SMU at the time of the visit but in the back of my head, I did think Washington State was a good fit for me. They had the coaching change and when they brought in Coach Leach, I got kind of excited.

Grading the hires: Leach, Malzahn among the top choices - NCAA Football - Sporting News
(A+) Mike Leach, Washington State. There’s little doubt Leach can coach and run a program; look at his track record. The reason this is the best hire: It’s the best fit. Mike Price took Wazzu to two Rose Bowls; Leach can find his way to at least one.

Dress your baby in "purple" Cougar pride | Schools | Pullman / Moscow News
Let’s play the game: what’s wrong with this picture? It’s a baby onesie proudly supporting Washington State University’s mascot, the Cougars. But wait - it’s in purple - the color of University of Washington’s Huskies. The faux-pas is featured at the Pullman Walmart and has been for sale there for quite awhile.