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HCA: You can own River Cracraft’s ‘Hilinski’s Hope’ cleats

The proceeds from the online auction will benefit the foundation. Also, baseball wins its first game, along with your daily links.

NFL: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers
The cleats River Cracraft wore in this game, supporting Hilinski’s Hope, are now up for auction in order to benefit the foundation.
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For a few games in December, Denver Broncos receiver River Cracraft took the field with a set of specially designed Hilinski’s Hope cleats as part of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” program.

The former Washington State Cougars receiver had been teammates with Tyler Hilinski, who died by suicide a little over a year ago, and he decided to use his platform to raise awareness about mental health issues with athletes.

Now, he’s using those cleats to raise money for the foundation created by the parents of his deceased friend to carry on Tyler’s legacy. They’re being auctioned off by the NFL, and at last check, the highest bid was $360. If you’d like to own a little piece of memorabilia from one of WSU’s favorite sons while also benefiting an organization that’s doing some ambitious and amazing work in the field of mental health for student athletes, you can bid here.

Baseball wins!

Freshman starter Brandon White
Tod Fierner

It’s been a rough start to the season for the Cougars, who were swept in their four-game season-opening series against Saint Mary’s. The Gaels are good, but still, that sucked. In game one of series two, the Cougs really turned it around — freshman starter Brandon White and junior reliever Owen Leonard combined for a one-hitter as the Cougs rolled, 10-0.

Game two is tonight at 6 p.m. You can stream it here.

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Brandon White struck out nine in 6.1 no-hit innings Thursday.

More on NCAA Compensation

Relevant to yesterday’s conversation, here’s Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News interviewing economist Andy Schwarz about a case making its way through the courts that could have a profound impact on the collegiate economic model. It’s worth a listen.


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