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Washington State tours USS Essex in San Diego

The Cougs took a break from football and hit the sea.

Navy Sends Assistance To Landslide Victims Photo by Adam R. Cole/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

As the Cougs get ready for their second straight Holiday Bowl appearance, our front page has been clogged with negative headlines. From Alex Grinch strongly hinting that he’s on his way out to Luke Falk poorly hiding some kind of cast, Tuesday had plenty of bad news for WSU football fans.

But while unexpected distractions are usually bad, one of the best parts of the bowl season are the expected distractions that come along with the trip. And this year’s Holiday Bowl is no different. Earlier this week, the Cougs took a trip to SeaWorld and today, they spent another day near the sea.

For the second year in a row, the football team toured a US military ship in “America’s Finest City.” Last year it was the USS America, this year it was USS Essex, a Navy Wasp-class assault ship stationed in San Diego.

The team took a tour of the ship, led by former NCAA offensive lineman Lt. Paul Bridgers. Players got the opportunity to ask the crew some questions and try on firefighting gear.

One of the highlights came when the team gathered for a ceremony and Luke Falk was awarded the US Grant Sharp Admiral’s Trophy for leadership.

The Spokesman Review has a photo gallery recapping the tour, here.


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