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WSU football hires familiar face as strength and conditioning coach

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It didn’t take the Cougs long to replace their NFL bound strength coach

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On January 31, Washington State assistant strength and conditioning coach Tyson Brown left Pullman to become the head strength and conditioning coach at Elon. Today, less than three weeks later, it looks like Brown is on his way back to the Palouse.

According to Football Scoop, Mike Leach will bring Brown back to Pullman as the team’s head strength and conditioning coach. Brown spent four seasons with the Cougars, working with head strength coach Jason Loscalzo, who left for a job with the Chicago Bears last week.

A Bothell, Washington native, Brown spent time as a strength and conditioning assistant at South Florida and Washington before making the trip to eastern Washington. Stefanie Loh has a full profile on Brown here.

If Tyson Brown’s name sounds familiar, you might remember his family being in the headlines last year. Tyson’s son Brody was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and the team started a fundraising campaign to try and help the Brown family fight the disease. In the end, more than $15,000 were donated to help pay medical bills. The team also started a “Brody Brave” campaign and gave the then 3-year-old the game ball from the Sun Bowl. Spokane station KXLY did a story on the family here.

When Brown announced his (apparently short-lived) departure from Washington State, he had nothing but good things to say about the WSU community on Twitter.

The reported hiring is welcome news as the Cougs look to recover from a tumultuous offseason on the coaching front. Washington State had to replace six assistants, and there is still plenty of work to do, with at least two more vacancies yet to be filled.

Baseball

After an 0-3 start to their season, Washington State baseball is officially on a win streak. The team topped UC Riverside 7-6 in Tempe on Sunday night, and followed that with a 5-4 win at Grand Canyon on Tuesday.

The Cougs jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the 3rd. Grand Canyon would tie it up, but Justin Harrer took the lead with a 9th inning single, and that was enough tonight. WSU is back in action Friday afternoon against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

You can watch a full replay of Tuesday’s win on Grand Canyon’s YouTube page.

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Washington State scored the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth inning and held on for a 5-4 road victory over Grand Canyon University Tuesday evening at Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark.

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