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Holiday Bowl 2016: WSU gets its swag on

Not bad, Holiday Bowl. Not bad at all.

NCAA Football: Washington at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

As we’ve talked about before, one of the major perks of going to a bowl game for the players is the stuff they get from the bowl committee — up to $550 worth of gear per player.

For WSU this year, that includes a watch, hat, warmups and gear and ring — all Holiday Bowl branded — as well as some Beats headphones and a $425 Best Buy spending spree. It looks like the Cougs didn’t have to wait to get to San Diego to start getting their swag:

Gotta be honest — when I heard "warm-ups and gear," I wasn’t sure what we really were talking about there. Turns out, that’s some pretty great Nike stuff the coaches and players are going to walk away with.

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