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Ryan Leaf among six inductees to the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame

Plus, Klay Thompson is about to be a wealthy man.

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Ryan Leaf

Former Washington State Cougars quarterback Ryan Leaf is one of six new inductees to the Washington State University Athletics Hall of Fame. The school announced the new additions Friday afternoon.

As you know, Leaf QB’d WSU to the 1998 Rose Bowl as the Cougs finished 10-2 in one of the most memorable seasons ever. Leaf was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year that season, and was third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

But Leaf’s excellence on the football field probably isn’t the only thing qualifying him for the Hall of Fame. I mean, it is an athletics hall of fame, of course, but equally impressive is what he’s doing in the present day for mental health awareness and living a life of sobriety.

We all know Leaf’s story, and it’s good to see him involved with WSU Athletics again. Funny how life works, right?

The other inductees are:

  • Josephat Kapkory - track and field/cross country, 1991-94
  • Stephanie Papke - volleyball, 1994-97
  • Ellannee Richardson - track & field, 2004-07
  • Lisa Roman - rowing, 2010-12
  • Rod Commons - administration 1976-2007

The induction dinner and ceremony will be in Spokane on Sept. 6 and the six will be honored at the Sept. 7 football game against Northern Colorado.

Report: Klay Thompson is going to get PAID

Hmmmmm. I think we can all come up with some ideas of how Klay could spend some of that money.

Links, WSU-related or not

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Sources - Warriors planning to offer Klay max deal
The Warriors are planning to offer Klay Thompson a five-year, $190 million max contract when free agency opens, league sources tell ESPN.

‘Best Coast’ Mailbag: Which players would you select to fill out a 21st Century All-West Coast team? – The Athletic
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