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WSU national signing day timeline

It might not be as big as it traditionally is, but the Cougs still have plenty on tap for the big day on Wednesday.

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The early signing period may have taken some luster out of the traditional signing day, but the Cougs are still expecting a big day Wednesday.

Last night, we broke down the players that you can expect to be hearing throughout the day today. The Cougs are expecting to get NLI’s from at least five players on the big day.

If you’re a little rusty about how the day will break down, here’s a quick timeline of what you can expect from Pullman, and how you can stay up to date on all the newest Cougs.

1 - Fire up the fax machines

Yes, they still use fax machines. The players will have to find access to one of those ancient relics in order to send their letters of intent to the schools. The process starts at 7 AM local time and can run through April, but everything (for the most part) should be finalized by lunch time tomorrow. The school will send out confirmation once they receive the NLI and fans will have the opportunity to gush about their newest addition.

The WSU radio team, including Jason Gesser, Matt Chaznow and Alex Brink, will also be doing a live broadcast to help you follow along. That gets underway at 9 AM and you can watch and listen at the links below.

2 - Press Conference Time

Shortly after the NLI’s roll in, Mike Leach will take the podium in Pullman to address the media and answer questions about his new players. Today’s press conference will take place at 2 o’clock in Pullman and the school will likely have a live stream available if you want to watch along.

3 - TV Time

At 3 o’clock the Pac-12 Network will kickoff their signing day coverage, recapping all the action across the conference in their 3-hour special. Coach Leach do an interview for that show where and the network analysts will break down the classes for the Cougs and every other Pac-12 team.

4 - Party Time

After that, Leach and company head north for the opportunity to loosen their (metaphorical) ties and rub elbows with some of the university’s biggest donors in the first of four “Night with Cougar Football” events (you can see the full schedule here). The coaching staff will be joined by new WSU athletic director Pat Chun at Northern Quest casino in Spokane where we’ll have yet another opportunity to hear about the new class... And what ever else Mike Leach wants to talk about.

So, as you can see, the school has a busy day on tap to spread the word about their new players. And, of course, we’ll have you covered with all the news you need to know all day long.

Until then, you can catch up on all the recruiting news and breakdowns we’ve already brought to you in our WSU recruiting hub, here.

Football

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NFL Draft watch: Cole Madison, Cody O’Connell may need to find new niche at next level | The Spokesman-Review
Cole Madison and Cody O’Connell leave Washington State as a couple of the best pass protectors the school has seen under Mike Leach, and thus have an opportunity to do something unique in April’s NFL Draft.

Basketball

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