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Cougs Take The Practice Field In El Paso, Receive Bowl Game Prizes

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WSU arrived in El Paso and practiced for the first time under the West Texas skies... But more importantly, they got to pick their prize from the Sun Bowl prize suite.

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Spending Christmas in El Paso is a great prize in itself, but the Cougs and Canes got a little extra bonus yesterday too.

The team landed in El Paso yesterday, where they got a heroes welcome and got the chance to see Mike Leach in a sombrero. Today, they got to business, taking the practice field for a special Texas Tuesday edition of "Thursday Night Football". But after all this pesky "preparation" was over, the team had the opportunity to partake in some bowl game benefits.

The team picked up their Sun Bowl swag, including a watch, pullover, commemorative coin, cap and backpack. But they also got a chance to take a trip into the gift suite.

A trip to the gift suite and dinner at the @hyundaisunbowl #GoCougs #bowlseason

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Prizes from bowl sponsors are laid out on a table, with point values attached, and player get a chance to spend points on whatever they want. The bowl is allowed to give up to $550 worth of prizes. Britton Ransford had a good write up on Sun Bowl prizes here.

No word on what's in the prize suite, but you can see coffee makers, a "party cooler," a TV, a smoker and what appears to be a popcorn machine in the instagram video.

Afterward, the team enjoyed a night at the go cart track.

It all continues tomorrow with an afternoon practice before heading to Army Fort Bliss to have dinner the troops.

Football

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The Sun Bowl has an odd history of either being the most or least interesting bowl game. If both Washington State and Miami are engaged and interested, then two fun, young offenses could put on a show.

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Graham Harrell speaks to the media after WSU's first practice in El Paso.

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Mike Leach speaks to the media after WSU's first practice in El Paso.

Basketball: WSU vs. Oklahoma

WSU Can't Keep Up With No. 3/2 Oklahoma - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Cougars tough in first half, but Sooners pull away in second

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Washington State Cougars Recap - CBSSports.com
HONOLULU (AP) Buddy Hield scored 25 points as No. 3 Oklahoma cruised to an 88-60 win over Washington State in a quarterfinal-round game of the Diamond Head Classic Tuesday night.

Oklahoma basketball: Sooners cruise to win over Washington State - OUDaily.com: Sports
No. 3 Oklahoma (9-0) defeated Washington State at its own game in the Sooners 88-60 victory against the Cougars (7-3).

Baseball

Hamilton Named To Preseason All-America Second Team - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Ian Hamilton recorded 13 saves and posted a 1.67 ERA last season.