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Fans need to fill Beasley for Cougar home games

Fans need to fill Beasley for Cougar home games

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen columnist

December 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Mens, Sports

The first six games of WSU men’s basketball season had a lot of Cougar fans asking, “Are we finally a basketball school again?” Well, in order to be a “basketball school,” the students need to show up on game day. Coming off a Wooden Legacy championship, Head Coach Ernie Kent called on...

Top-20 WSU Athletics’ influential figures: No. 1 to 5

Top-20 WSU Athletics’ influential figures: No. 1 to 5

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen reporter

December 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Sports

Jason Gesser Two anonymous members of the 1972 WSU football team told me in June that Gesser has the look of a future athletic director. Word on the street is the former WSU quarterback, while new to the WSU Athletic Department, is the figure who alumni believe can bridge the gap between older and...

NCAA needs new format to accommodate players

NCAA needs new format to accommodate players

TYLER SHUEY, Evergreen columnist

November 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Sports

In the wake of the Adidas bribing scandal involving numerous college basketball programs, it is time for the NCAA to rethink its main objective. The whole premise of this FBI investigation involves “a thriving black market for teenage athletes, one in which coaches, agents, financial advisers and...

WSU’s third loss of season costs team Pac-12 North title

WSU’s third loss of season costs team Pac-12 North title

SAM HEIKELL, Evergreen columnist

November 28, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

WSU football’s hopes of winning the Pac-12 North were spoiled in the Apple Cup for the second straight season, as the Cougs fell to University of Washington on Saturday. The team’s road struggles continued on both ends, as the defense failed to consistently get stops and the offense had four turnovers...

Top-20 WSU athletics’ influential figures: No. 16 to 20

Top-20 WSU athletics’ influential figures: No. 16 to 20

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen columnist

November 16, 2017


Filed under Columns, Sports

20. Jane LaRiviere The WSU rowing head coach has taken six of her past seven teams to the NCAA Championship, including an eighth place finish in 2015. Currently in her 16th year at the helm, LaRiviere has established WSU as one of the premier rowing programs in the country, as the Cougars were ran...

This game will make or break WSU’s season

This game will make or break WSU’s season

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen columnist

November 9, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

A slight shrug of the shoulders and an unmistakable eye roll from WSU junior wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. at Tuesday’s practice encapsulated the program’s mantra heading into a Rocky Mountain showdown. Martin Jr. was asked about the career accolades of Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington...

Student-athletes are students second

Student-athletes are students second

JACOB MOORE, Evergreen sports editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Showcase, Sports

Being a student should be the priority of student-athletes, hence why “athlete” comes after the hyphen. At least, that has been the argument for decades. As fans and universities have shown, however, excelling in the classroom is far less important than performing on the field. WSU sport ethics...

A brief pause for uncertainties of WSU football

A brief pause for uncertainties of WSU football

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen columnist

November 3, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

The jovial nature of players, coaches and members of the Athletic Department this week made No. 25 WSU, not 23rd-ranked Arizona, resemble the team coming off a three-score win. Head Coach Mike Leach, donning a red Cougars sweatshirt and Nike dri-fit sweatpants, cracked jokes with the small crowd ...

Arizona Wildcats not who we thought they were

Arizona Wildcats not who we thought they were

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen columnist

October 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

Arizona was projected to finish last in the Pac-12 South division in the conference’s preseason media poll. That was back on July 26, about the same time seemingly everyone in and around Tucson was calling for the firing of fifth-year Head Coach Rich Rodriguez. How times have changed. The Wildcats...

Athletics budget looking up, thanks to Moos

Athletics budget looking up, thanks to Moos

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen columnist

October 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Sports

The WSU community was blindsided by the shocking news that Athletic Director Bill Moos, a 1973 graduate of WSU, packed his bags last week and headed for Lincoln, Nebraska. WSU Athletics certainly owes Moos a good portion of the credit for the program’s success. But it is what Moos left in the Palouse,...

Blowout helps football shake off first loss

Blowout helps football shake off first loss

SAM HEIKELL, Evergreen columnist

October 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports

Despite poor conditions, Cougar football (7-1, 4-1) bounced back from a disappointing loss to University of California, Berkeley, with a commanding 28-0 victory against University of Colorado, Boulder (4-4, 1-4) on Saturday. WSU’s loss against Cal on Oct. 13 brought its undefeated start to a surprising...

Time for WSU to move on from Bill Moos

Time for WSU to move on from Bill Moos

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen columnist

October 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Sports

I think the monsoon of social media backlash directed at former WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos and WSU President Kirk Schulz is rooted in fear. There’s a palpable sense that because Moos departed in the dark for the Nebraska cornfields, it automatically indicates the WSU football program will regress...