Good morning. Three...more...Saturdays. Just three Saturdays stand between us and the return of college football, Cougar fans. Even though the Cougs don't play on that first weekend (man I wish they did), we'll get a nice little appetizer before things really get going over Labor Day weekend.
While the players will begin fall practice this Wednesday (!!!), the coaches were hard at work hosting recruits this weekend. Their efforts paid off handsomely, as two players gave verbal commitments to Mike Leach and Co.
First up was Three-Star WR Brandon Gray, out of Cass Tech in...Detroit, Michigan? That's right.
According to Rivals, Gray is quite tall, at 6'5" and 175 pounds. Gray reported offers from, among others, Iowa State, Syracuse, Arkansas and Minnesota. Given that Gray is from Michigan, a breakout senior season could draw attention from the heavier hitters in the Big Ten, which could make it tough to keep him in the fold. (this is complete speculation on my part, fed by years of scar tissue)
Rivals Midwest recruiting correspondent Josh Helmholdt likes the addition for the Cougs.
The Cougs weren't done, as they got another Three-Star verbal from Etiwanda, CA offensive tackle Alec Anderson.
Can't say it enough love where I will be playing at Washington state university is my home after my senior year I am 100% on it ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/W9UL71FOGK— Alec Anderson (@AlecAndERson75) July 30, 2017
Anderson is listed at 6'5", 265 and reported offers from Utah, Oregon State, Colorado and Boise State. If you follow this kind of thing closely, you might recall that Grant Porter's younger brother, Geordon, is also from Etiwanda. The younger Porter is highly sought-after, reporting offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and UCLA. Anderson has decided to do some recruiting of his own.
Let's go bro https://t.co/CarHEDJFIR— Alec Anderson (@AlecAndERson75) July 29, 2017
One symptom of a great class is when you see the committed guys do recruiting of their own, and it looks like that's the case this season. Quarterback commit Cammon Cooper was also in Pullman Saturday, and his presence couldn't have hurt when it came to nabbing Gray and Anderson.
Hopefully the Cougs can keep up the momentum on the recruiting trail, and build on it with another successful season on the field.
Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach – 2017 Pac-12 Football Media Days – ESPN700
This is a short interview with Leach, and I thought it was pretty good.
An examination of Mike Leach's Twitter timeline provides endless entertainment - FootballScoop
Leach is one of the most entertaining coaches in college football, and I’m glad to see his Twitter feed is no different.
Nevada Football: Early Look At Washington State | College Football News
Nevada is going to have their hands full in trying to stop this talented Cougar offense.
Former Cougar Adam Conley continued his July hot streak on Saturday. For the month, Conley has given up just four earned runs in 20.2 innings, good for a 1.74 ERA. Conley has rebounded nicely after he was sent down to AAA in May, raising his overall record to 4-3.
Marlins bats come alive in 7-3 victory over Reds - Fish Stripes
Besides allowing two home runs, Adam Conley put together a very quality start for the Marlins.
Best beer I had this week: Virginia is a great beer state, and it really came through this week. Though there is plenty from which to choose, the winner is Hardywood's Christmas Morning. Yeah, I know, nothing says late July like drinking a beer called Christmas Morning. Either way, it was outstanding.
Craft Beer, Brought To You By Big Beer : The Salt : NPR
You may not be aware that Ballast Point Brewing Company, famed for its Sculpin IPA and fruity renditions of the same beer, was bought in 2015 for $1 billion by Constellation Brands, the company that owns Corona.
An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of a USC med school dean - LA Times
During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.