While the Washington State baseball team has struggled as of late, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the Cougars are one of the most winningest teams in college baseball. The Buck Bailey and Chuck “Bobo” Brayton era that lasted a total of 65 years gave the Cougars 1,165 wins. Due to their success, Baseball America ranked the Cougars baseball program as the 12th winningest program in all of college baseball.
The Cougars have tallied 2,719 wins in their 123 seasons under 15 different coaches. They have had just one head coach with a winning record since Brayton retired in 1994 with Donnie Marbut who coached for the Cougars from 2005-2015.
During the Bailey and Brayton era, the Cougars went to the College World Series four times and fell one game short of winning it all in 1950. Their most recent trips to the NCAA tournament came in 2009 and 2010 when they made it to the NCAA Regional tournament. They have not finished higher than 7th in the conference since then.
The Cougars are hopeful that Brian Green can turn things around after Marty Lees went 68-132 in his four seasons. Green and the Cougars 2020 season was cut short after COVID-19 put an end to the baseball season after just 16 games.
The Cougars are the fifth Pac-12 team on the list behind Stanford (2,956 wins), Southern California (2,919), Arizona State (2,910) and Arizona (2,871) with California coming up in 22nd with 2,639 wins.
According to Jon Wilner of The Mercury News, the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors are considering a major overhaul to “the entire structure and composition” of the conference, including “contract issues.”
The 25-year-old, who graduated from Logan High School in 2013, has been in talks with the San Francisco 49ers. He is working out and waiting for an opportunity to continue his professional football career.
Pac-12 football ‘Games of the Week’ continue with classics from the 2016 season airing tomorrow, and favorites from the 2017 season airing Wednesday on Pac-12 Network and the Pac-12 Now app.
The story of college baseball’s history can be told through where its power centers have been geographically. Currently, the Southeast region of the country is king, but that hasn’t always been the case.