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Inspired by Craig's UNLV Wikipedia research yesterday, I decided to learn more about the Runnin' Rebels. Naturally, I Googled "UNLV fun facts" and to my delight, I found this list. Let's take a closer look at some of these so called "fun facts"

1959/1960 — The library's 2,000 books are moved to Grant Hall to escape the problems of Maude Frazier Hall, including occasional rattlesnakes in hallways, under the desks, and on bookshelves.

I hate it when my bookshelves are overrun by rattlesnakes. 

1971 — In a special-initiative election, students vote to retain the Rebel name, rejecting suggested alternatives such as Big Horn Rams, Nuggets, A-Bombs, and Sand Burners. Five years later, though, they vote to replace the Confederate wolf mascot with a human Revolutionary War soldier, which eventually evolves into a more geographically appropriate pioneer figure.

Big mistake former UNLV students, nothing strikes fear into an opponent like a mascot named the Sand Burners.

1973 — Complaining that UNLV's campus is too flat, Regent Helen Thompson donates $9,000 to build a 3-foot hill west of the humanities building.

If it costs $3,000 a foot to build a hill, WSU's campus must have cost eleventy billion dollars

1989 — Oozeball competitions — the game of volleyball in a mud pit — are introduced as a fun alternative to the alcohol-laden festivities of the past.

Silly UNLV, you are supposed to add alcohol to activities, not take it away.

Practice reports

WSU finishes Thursday workout - SportsLink - - Sept. 8, 2011
Quite a light afternoon for Washington State, as Paul Wulff's press conference was delayed and practice was all about fine-tuning the game plan for Saturday. Read on.

Football Practice: Game Captains Announced -
The Cougs worked out in helmets and their "skelly" shoulder pads for 90 minutes in Martin Stadium Thursday

UNLV related links

UNLV comes to Pullman - WSU Blog articles -
Has anyone else had this conversation a couple of times this week? Random individual: "Who are the Cougs playing this week?" Bert: "UNLV." Random individual: "Nice, are you heading down to Vegas?!" Bert: "No, it's in Pullman." Random individual: "Oh. At least you'll probably win."

Different situation now for former Big Sky rivals - - Sept. 8, 2011
PULLMAN – Each of Washington State’s three nonconference football games this season carry with them a subtext for Cougar coach Paul Wulff. Last week it was Idaho State, coached by his friend and mentor, Mike Kramer. Next week it is San Diego State, where the man who hired Wulff to coach the Cougars, Jim Sterk, is the athletic director.

WSU News Center - It’s a weekend of home football fun for Cougs of all ages
PULLMAN, Wash. – A host of fun-filled activities will greet Cougars of all ages here beginning Friday when Washington State University once again celebrates Family Weekend, Recent Grads Weekend and Future Cougar Day and the WSU football team readies to take on the Rebels of UNLV in a 2p.m. matchup Saturday at Martin Stadium.

WSU Favored Over UNLV; Wulff Believes Cougars' Time Has Come - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
For the first time since 2005 Washington State is in the win column at the start of the season. And some are saying they could be 2-0 after this weekend's game against UNLV.

Paul Wulff talking about Jeff Tuel and uh, UNLV and uh, other things