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Ernie Kent and WSU basketball has been in the news lately, but we can't forget about Mike Leach and WSU football who returned to the practice field yesterday.

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

For the first time in recent memory, WSU football took a back seat to WSU basketball in April.

Washington State took the field yesterday for their first day in shoulder pads this spring. The team practiced for two hours on Martin Stadium and were joined by former Cougar great Jason Gesser, who appeared to be wowed by the investment WSU has put into the program.

"It’s awesome," Gesser said of WSU’s contribution to college football’s facilities revolution. "It’s a different feel with all the construction going up, obviously the new press box and the new football facility there. It’s a different feel from the inside (of Martin Stadium), you know? But it’s a cool feeling at the same time."

On the field, it was the Halliday and Bruggman show. Connor Halliday, according to Jacob Thorpe, impressed with three consecutive endzone throws hitting the receiver in the corner of the endzone in tight coverage. Tyler Bruggman came in later and hit an 80 yard touchdown pass to Vince Mayle.

Football takes the back seat to basketball again today as Coach Kent has his introductory press conference at 2 in Beasley Coliseum and a student event at 3 in Bohler. Football returns to the practice field Thursday at 3.

Spring Football

Cougars get visit from Jason Gesser - Spokesman.com - April 1, 2014
The past and future of the Washington State football program collided during Tuesday’s spring practice. Under the shadow of the daunting but not yet completed Football Operations Building former WSU quarterback Jason Gesser watched the young Cougars practice.

Cougar Football Spring Practice: Shoulder Pads - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougars practiced in helmets and shoulder pads for the first time this spring Tuesday afternoon.

Basketball

Blanchette: Moos gets his man in Kent - Spokesman.com - March 31, 2014
What matters is whether Ernie Kent can do more than tread water at Washington State University. Or whether it’s reasonable to expect more than that on a sustained basis.

Bills Moos hires Ernie Kent to create buzz for Washington State like he did for Oregon Ducks | OregonLive.com
Ernie Kent's mission is significant: try to revitalize a program that has gone downhill in the past five seasons.

Baseball

WSU baseball caps off four-game series against San Jose with huge victory | Sports | KLEW CBS 3 - News, Weather and Sports - Lewiston, ID
The Cougar hardball team keep notching their way back to 500, and their last home stand certainly helped.

Volleyball and Tennis

Volleyball Spring Tournament in Bohler Gym April 5 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Spring Volleyball Tournament is Sat., April 5, in Bohler Gym from 9-3 p.m. and open to fans.

Cougars Begin Homestand Against Pepperdine - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State brings a 15-7 record (1-5 Pac-12 play) into this week's matches against No. 29 Pepperdine and No. 40 Washington, both in Pullman.