The Washington State Cougars ended their season last night with an overtime loss to the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Tournament, a result that was not unexpected. As such, WSU fans collectively shrugged and closed the book on another disappointing season under Ernie Kent.
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget about the players, since we don’t actually know them.
Sometimes, it’s good to be reminded what this means to them.
Dear Beasley Coliseum, I want to thank you... I couldn't be more proud walking off the court in my last college game in front the Coug family. I have you to thank for all those memories that will never be forgotten! But most importantly, I want to thank my brothers. From thinking I tore my ACL the first time stepping on the floor to the tough practices, I will never forget our time together. And to all the people you aloud my squad and I to entertain, thank you. The outcome wasn’t as I planned for my last game to be played in you! Forever a coug! Yours Truly, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀DrickyB #BlessedAndHighlyFavored
Bernstine was a grad transfer from North Dakota who played just this one season at WSU. I don’t know who else offered him a scholarship, but it’s certain he could have chosen to go elsewhere, and he chose to spend his final season of eligibility in Pullman.
Regardless of any other feelings any of us have for the coach and the state of the program in general, Drick picked us, and I think that’s pretty cool.
So thanks, Drick, for this season, even though I’m sure it didn’t go as you envisioned. Best of luck to you in whatever you choose to do next. Hopefully it involves finishing your graduate degree here and getting to truly enjoy campus life as a student.