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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Sunday Morning Links

This is the first Sunday since August there is no football game to recap. It's a sad time, realizing we have to wait nine months for the next Cougar football Saturday. Then again, this is also the first Sunday with Mike Leach as the Washington State head coach so overall, I'd say it's a win.

We do, however, have a basketball game to recap. The men's basketball team, obviously inspired by Leach, played arguably their best game of the season. For one game at least, the team played without that pesky FAIDS infection and dare I say it, they looked pretty good.

WSU runs over Eastern, 75-49 - SportsLink - - Dec. 3, 2011
On Wednesday, Washington State pounded a Grambling team that had seven players on the bench. On Saturday afternoon, the Cougars pounded Eastern Washington, but this time it was WSU that was short-handed. Read on.

WSU rips EWU in men's basketball - - Dec. 3, 2011
PULLMAN – With 6 minutes, 48 seconds left in Washington State’s rout of Eastern Washington on Saturday, the Eagles’ Cliff Ederaine finally shook free of the Cougar defense. After game of his life, Enquist is Mr. Humble

PULLMAN -- The Charlie Enquist show was on display Saturday night at Friel Court. The fifth-year senior stepped up with the game of his life as the Cougs trounced Eastern Washington 75-49 despite a depleted roster. True to his workman-like reputation, he deflected credit afterward to his teammates.

Enquist's Double-Double Leads Cougars Past Eagles 75-49 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Charlie Enquist scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Washington State past Eastern Washington 75-49 on Saturday. It was Enquist's first career double-double. Brock Motum and Reggie Moore each added 15 points for the Cougars (4-4) while Dexter Kernich-Drew scored 10. Collin Chiverton led the Eagles (4-3) with 12 points and Tremayne Johnson added 11.

Short-handed Cougars teach EWU tough lesson - - Dec. 4, 2011
PULLMAN – From the debris here Saturday afternoon emerged two telling details, one mathematical and the other metaphorical. The math: 20 points, 13 rebounds for Washington State’s Charlie Enquist, an agreeable soul and a willing senior who hadn’t managed to score that many points during the course of two of his previous three seasons in a Cougars uniform.

Lobbestael shines through adversity at WSU - Whidbey News Times
Marshall Lobbestael’s Oak Harbor High School football career had a fairy-tale feel, including a wish-upon-a-star state title in 2006.

Arrr! Drop anchor in world of Leach - Washington State University - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
PULLMAN - Mike Leach is just your average college football coach who loves talking about pirates, goes inline skating, dives in the ocean for lobsters and occasionally tries out plays created by his players on PlayStation.

Cougars | Batten down the hatches — here comes the Pirate of the Palouse | Seattle Times Newspaper
Mike Leach had just gotten the Texas Tech coaching job in 1999 when he and an assistant coach flew from Lubbock down to Odessa to recruit a decorated receiver named Roy Williams. Did Leach already win his first 'recruit'?
MIKE LEACH may already have won his first "recruiting" battle. The Arizona Daily Star reports that David Emerick, Arizona's recruiting coordinator under Mike Stoops for the last year two years and someone expected to be retained by new Cat coach Rich Rodriquez, is now believed headed to Washington State. It's no surprise given his long history with Leach.

Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 14 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Washington State AD Bill Moos: He fired Paul Wulff and there was a bit of a, "Hmm." It certainly didn't feel good. Then Moos hired Mike Leach, who seems like a perfect fit in Pullman. Great things happen when you make a bold move. There are no guarantees that Leach will be successful. But there's buzz now about the Cougars that hasn't been there for years.