Three donors contribute $500,000 to honor Jack Thompson

Gray W Jack Thompson Legends Lounge named for former WSU quarterback


ZACH RUBIO | Daily Evergreen File

The Cougar Football Complex’s Gray W Legends Lounge will include Jack Thompson’s name.

RYAN MOSHER, Evergreen reporter

Contributions totaling $500,000 from three donors purchased the naming rights to the Gray W Legends Lounge in the Cougar Football Complex on Monday. University officials announced the lounge would include the name of former Cougar football player Jack Thompson.

Glenn Osterhout, Greg Rankich and one anonymous donor made the lounge naming of Thompson possible.

“Naming the Gray W Legends Lounge in the Cougar Football Complex for Jack Thompson is an honor and a privilege,” Osterhout said in a news release. “Jack Thompson’s leadership, bold vision and loyalty exemplify what a Washington State Cougar is all about.”

Osterhout is a 1983 graduate and certified financial planner in Bellevue, according to the release. He previously donated $250,000 to name the Steve Gleason Recruit Suite.

Rankich is a 1994 graduate and chief executive officer of Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc. He, Thompson and WSU President Kirk Schulz are also members of the search committee for WSU’s new athletic director.

Schulz and Interim Athletic Director John Johnson also spoke at the naming ceremony.

“I’m honored today to be here to participate in recognizing one of the true legends of Washington State University,” Schulz said, “not just for what he did as a student-athlete, but for what he’s done in his career, representing our great university.”

Thompson was a quarterback at WSU from 1975 to 1978. He became the starter in 1976 after taking over for an injured John Hopkins. He earned First-Team All-America honors as a senior and is one of two former Cougar athletes to have his jersey number (14) retired.

“I’m still trying to process the gravity and scope of this great honor,” Thompson said. “To have great Cougar friends like Glenn Osterhout, Greg Rankich and others step in to name the Gray W Legends Lounge after me is extremely humbling.”

Reporting by Ryan Mosher