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3 Cougars get NFL Scouting Combine invites

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Washington State hasn't exactly been a NFL pipeline in recent seasons and as a result not many Cougar prospects have made appearances at the NFL combine. That will change a bit this season with Connor Halliday, Xavier Cooper and Vince Mayle all scheduled to participate.

The combine will be big for all three. Halliday being healthy enough to throw would be great for his chances to impress scouts. Cooper should impress for a guy his size and if Mayle can run faster than expected, scouts might be drooling over his size and athleticism.

This is the first time in a while WSU has had multiple players at the same combine. Marquess Wilson and Deone Bucannon both got combine events in recent seasons, but not many other Cougar prospects have made appearances. If Mayle, Halliday and Cooper excel, it should do wonders for their draft stock.

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Football:

Leach, WSU talk about recruiting class | NW Colleges | Tri-CityHerald.com
Washington State University head football coach Mike Leach knew this week was going to be an emotional roller-coaster ride.

Men's basketball:

Ducks Welcome Kent, Cougars to MKA - GoDucks.com - The University of Oregon Official Athletics Web Site
With his next victory, Oregon coach Dana Altman will guarantee a fifth straight winning season for the Ducks, something that hasn’t happened for the program in nearly 40 years. It was last accomplished by the "Kamikaze Kids" from 1973-78; how ironic, then, that Altman’s first chance to clinch a winning record this season will come against one of those very same "Kamikaze Kids."

Women's basketball:

Cougars Fall In Final Seconds at California - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State suffered a 57-54 heartbreaking defeat at the University of California Monday.

WSU women fall to Oregon, 70-69 | Cougar Basketball | The Seattle Times
Washington State dropped another tough Pac-12 Conference contest in the final seconds Friday, falling 70-69 to Oregon at Beasley Coliseum.