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College GameDay host Rece Davis does Pullman

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He made stops at some of the places you’d expect, finding time to sign a few things at The Coug.

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With the hardware making its arrival on Wednesday, it was time on Thursday for the on-air talent that makes ESPN’s College GameDay go to start filtering in. First up: Rece Davis.

Davis got to see where he’ll be working on Saturday, stopping by the construction site that is occupying what is usually a corner of the RV lot outside Beasley Coliseum and taking a few minutes to visit with the Washington State Cougars baseball team — Davis’ son, Chris, is an outfielder at Princeton. Then it was on to the Coug, and finally to Zeppos for Mike Leach’s coach’s show with Matt Chazanow.

Before moving on, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Davis’ pants were 100% on point.

Of course, this was the highlight.

Davis’ biggest challenge of the day is one that many of us have faced before: Where on earth to find a little bit of wall space to sign your name at The Coug??

Good idea having him sign the bar, since that’s not ever going to get painted over. Next stop: Coach’s show. You can watch the whole thing! Rece joins the show at roughly the 17:00 mark.

If you listen up to the 30:45 mark, you’ll hear about the challenges GameDay sometimes has in securing the guest picker. In this case, they thought they had someone locked down (Klay Thompson?), but that they’re now going in another direction.

Most of the rest of the GameDay crew will be rolling into Pullman today — there will be a media scrum with the TV personalities at 1:30 p.m. Expect to see lots more pictures and video after that.

Soccer

Before we get on to the football links, I guess we should pass along that the soccer team lost its fourth consecutive match. It’s been quite the freefall for the Cougs, who are now starting their third-string goalkeeper and will likely fall out of the top 25 after this weekend. They were ranked as high as No. 7.

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GameDay Links

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Week after week, the WSU flag waved behind the set, with the goal soon becoming to get the ESPN show to come to Pullman. On Saturday, that will happen for the first time.

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It was almost midnight on Saturday in Virginia when the text message flashed across Travis Crawford’s screen. It was concise – just seven words – and an order from longtime friend Jeffrey Mohn: “Get your stuff and get to Pullman.”

Actual Game Links

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SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE of Georgia, there is a growing faction of fans focused on the Washington State football team.

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The tactics Washington State employs are meant to stress and confuse opposing offensive linemen

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Justin Herbert hadn’t yet grown out his hair, and certainly not his arm, the last time the Oregon Ducks visited Washington State.