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Good morning from the surface of the sun, or so it seems. If you’re just about anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, get near some water ASAP—whether it’s a lake or river, or more importantly, a jug of H20. It’s going to be hot for a while.

What isn’t hot is the WSU newswire. Sure, Phil Steele’s college football season preview is out and a number of Cougs are highlighted (seriously, do we need Fourth-Team All-Americans and All-Pac-12?).

And Paul Ryan’s quest for the Olympics came up short in the men’s 1500 semis. Oh yeah, and Bill Moos is retiring, if you’re into following old friends.

But other than that, it’s a typical summer day bereft of WSU news. So what better time to go off the board?

As the headline suggests, we’re going to look at some moments in time where WSU and pop culture collided.

When Alice in Chains played Pullman

Before they were big and before they released their debut album Facelift in 1990, the Seattle rockers played a gig in the old Compton Union Building to a crowd of about 450. Layne Staley (RIP), Mike Starr (RIP), Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney played some familiar songs, as you can see in the description of the video above. There’s even footage of an after party, apparently.

When Kurt Cobain rep’d WSU gear


That’s WSU graduate and Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic laughing on the left there. I once ran into Novoselic at The Harvester in Spangle, Wash., of all places.

You can buy that t-shirt, if you’d like.

When a kid wore a WSU shirt in Dora and the Last City of Gold

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Let me know when you see it. That photo is from the official trailer at the 1:16 mark.

When Leonardo DiCaprio wore a WSU hat

Apparently Leo is a hat aficionado.

And of course, when Tom Tuttle tried to sing his way out of a commie kidnapping

There you have it. There are other times when WSU and pop culture collided, so feel free to share your ideas.


Abe Lucas named Preseason Fourth Team All-American; 11 Washington State players named to All-Pac-12 teams | The Spokesman-Review
Abraham Lucas didn't return to Washington State for another season to see how many accolades he could collect as one of the nation's top returning offensive tackles, but the fifth-year senior might have to brace for them anyway.

Former WSU athletic director Bill Moos retiring from Nebraska after 3 years | The Spokesman-Review
The Edwall native, who played college football at Washington State University, headed the WSU Athletic Department from 2010 until 2017, when he was hired by Nebraska.

Track and field: Washington State's Paul Ryan comes up short in U.S. Olympic trials | The Spokesman-Review
Ryan, a Moscow, Idaho native, finished seventh in the second semifinal heat at the U.S. Trials and 18th overall.

Report: Spokane to host Dec. 22 nonconference game between Washington State, Boise State | The Spokesman-Review
Although Washington State's complete basketball schedule has yet to be announced, what could be the most intriguing game on the nonconference calendar was revealed Thursday.