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Mark Atuaia reunites with family, drops freestyle ode to Wazzu

PULLMAN, WA - APRIL 23: Washington State Cougar football take to Martin Stadium for the 2022 Crimson and Gray game Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Coug fans might remember when Roy Manning would record pre-practice videos from the front seat of his car. With Manning now at USC, Coug fans were left with a void. Fear not, as new running backs coach Mark Atuaia is here to fill that void.

Atuaia, who introduced himself to Coug fans with a family rap, is back at it after reuniting with his family, now that the school year has ended.

Atuaia and his family squished into whatever car they own and dropped this track:

Impressive.

That this family is so musically inclined shouldn’t be surprising, of course: Atuaia’s wife is Elizabeth Wolfgramm, the former lead singer of The Jets.

The Atuaia family are naturals, and I’m sure we’ll see some more of these in the coming months. Congrats on being reunited.

Efe Abogidi takes an official visit to....Washington State

But is it really a visit?

Micaela De Mello named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year

I believe I’ve written here a time or two about my long gone days on the track and cross country courses. While I never did the sprints or hurdles, there was once a time I poured over the results of every high school meet in town just to compare myself. It was fascinating.

That’s why I took notice when WSU hurdler Micaela De Mello was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. That’s quite an honor for the native of Brazil. De Mello holds the school record in the 100M hurdles (13.03).

Links

Pac-12 reports FY21 finances: COVID crushes revenue, distributions sink as schools absorb testing costs | The Spokesman-Review
The Pac-12 Networks lost $14 million without football.

Grant Taylor's complete-game shutout leads Washington State past Arizona State | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State’s Grant Taylor delivered a career performance in his final start of the 2022 season, tossing a complete-game shutout against one of the Pac-12 Conference’s top lineups.

Former Washington State tackle Liam Ryan signs UDFA deal with Seattle Seahawks | The Spokesman-Review
PULLMAN – Longtime pillars on Washington State’s offensive line, Liam Ryan and Abraham Lucas are reuniting in Seattle.

Cameron Johnson, a juco transfer tight end, commits to Washington State | The Spokesman-Review
PULLMAN – Washington State football gained a commitment from junior college transfer tight end Cameron Johnson.