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HOT COUGAR ACTION: A Look Back At A Busy Thursday

Thursday was a busy day for WSU news. Ken Bone held his end of the season press conference, the football team went through their eighth spring practice and the baseball team kicked off a series with Seattle University. WSU Athletics provided videos from all three events, so we'll get right to it starting with Bone.

Ken Bone Post Season Press Conference 4/5 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Among the key points, Bone said he expects Brock Motum to return for his senior season while Demarquise Johnson and Richard Peters are still yet to qualify academically. Bone said he expects Reggie Moore to have a good senior season and thinks Patrick Simon, Dexter Kernich-Drew and DJ Shelton could step into larger roles next season.

Shifting to football, there are plenty of notes from practice including Christian Caple's, the WSU Athletics blog and Coug999's FanPost.

Mike Leach After Practice 4/5 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Finally the baseball team kicked off their three game series with Seattle University with a 2-1 win. The WSU offense struggled much of the game but was able to score the tying run in the eighth inning and the winning run in the ninth. The game also included a nifty diving catch by Jason Monda which can be seen at the 1:47 mark of the Donnie Marbut Video below.

Bse: Donnie Marbut after Seattle U win! 4/5 (via WSUCougarAthletics)


Mike Leach and the Deathly Hallows - SportsLink - - April 5, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Instead of a clever lead-in to today's post, we're just going to pass along Mike Leach's statement today when asked about the health of Connor Halliday.

Cougars get in some scratching, clawing at practice - - April 5, 2012
PULLMAN – After Washington State scrimmaged for the first time this spring, football coach Mike Leach lamented afterward that his receivers needed to be more physical. More aggressive with their hands. Better at run blocking.

Spring Practice: Fiesty Thursday Practice - Washington State University Cougars
The Cougars worked out in helmets and shoulder pads for just over two hours on Rogers Field Thursday. Despite no being in full pads, intensity was probably the highest its been all spring as a couple skirmishes broke out during the practice.

Jeff Tuel After Practice 4/5 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Deone Bucannon After Practice 4/5 (via WSUCougarAthletics)


Notes from Ken Bone's season wrap-up - SportsLink - - April 5, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — WSU coach Ken Bone spoke with reporters for about 22 minutes this morning, putting a wrap on the 2011-12 season while looking forward a bit to next year. We've got some news and notes after the jump.

Three Cougars Earn Pac-12 Men's Basketball All-Academic Accolades - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University student-athletes Abe Lodwick, Patrick Simon and Charlie Enquisthave each been named to the 2012 Pac-12 Men's Basketball All-Academic Teams, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday.

Pac-12 Confidential | Bone says he expects Motum to return to WSU | Seattle Times Newspaper
Ken Bone, the Washington State basketball coach, said Thursday morning he expects to have leading scorer and All-Pac-12 forward Brock Motum back for his senior year.

Five Cougars Receive Pac-12 All-Academic Honors - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - For the second consecutive season Washington State University had five women's basketball student-athletes receive Pac-12 Conference All-Academic accolades, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday.


Cougars Rally Past Seattle - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Ian Sagdal's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Washington State to a 2-1 nonconference baseball victory over Seattle at Bailey-Brayton Field, Thursday.

SportsMinds: WSU Baseball: Cougars 2 - Redhawks 1
This is going to be a short post guys, I have a lot of homework to do tonight and not a lot noteworthy happened in tonight's game. WSU took game one from Seattle U 2-1 tonight on a sac fly by Ian Sagdal in the bottom of the ninth.

Bse: Ian Sagdal after Seattle U win! 4/5 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Bse: JD Leckenby after Seattle U win! 4/5 (via WSUCougarAthletics)