The news conference isn’t until Monday, but new Washington State Cougars men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith landed in Pullman yesterday to meet and greet and get his first look at the campus he’ll now call home.
By the looks of the video above, Smith traveled to Pullman in style — on a charter jet (certain people surely are pleased), then got a tour.
Let’s meet some players!
We’re excited to have Coach Smith in Pullman! Let’s get to work! #GoCougs | @WSUCougars pic.twitter.com/rqQity95O0— WSU Men's Basketball (@WSUMensHoops) March 28, 2019
Let’s take a look around Bohler Gym and Martin Stadium!
Coach Smith arriving in style #GoCougs | @WSUMensHoops pic.twitter.com/70jepTnA6G— Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) March 28, 2019
I thought this tweet was pretty funny.
Look at that! Even the coach can't get into Martin Stadium . #WelcomeCoachSmith— WSU College of Ed (@wsucoe) March 28, 2019
Speaking of football ...
⭐️ ✨ are out @WSUPullman. Some lucky people on campus got the first ever @Coach_Leach & @WSUMensHoops Coach Smith photo in school history. Coach Smith wanted the pic with Logan Tago & @GardnerMinshew5. #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/o5xOdxwpT2— Pat Chun (@pat_chun) March 28, 2019
Interestingly, in Smith’s 27-year coaching career, he has only ever spent one season on a campus with an FBS football program — he was with the Air Force Falcons as an assistant back in 2000-01.
Also, to steal a line from Craig: The glasses are very on-brand for NERDBALL. Here’s to hoping he wears them on the sidelines!
Not a lot out there about the most recent practice, other than Cougfan’s VIP report that you can read with a subscription. First day with full pads and full contact; it sounds like the defensive secondary continues to take the ball away. You can decide for yourself if that makes you feel better or worse. It also seems like Cole Dubots is adjusting nicely to his new life as a running back.
Here are the post-practice interviews. The first one with defensive line coach Jeff Phelps also includes highlights mixed in — one of them is a gorgeous touchdown on a double move from Anthony Gordon to Travell Harris. If you stick around long enough, you’ll also see just one of Easop Winston’s unusually large hands haul in a TD at the back of the end zone, as well as Dubots trucking a poor walk-on DB on his way into the end zone.
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Fun & Names
Former Washington State University quarterback Samoa Somoa wore the redundant number 11 on the front and back of his Cougars football jersey in the 1979 and 1980 seasons. The Samoan played in 11 games in each season and threw 11 interceptions in 1980.