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The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

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The life of the Coug behind Butch T. Cougar

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor January 10, 2024

On the very first Butch T. Cougar skit of the 2021 WSU football season, the plan was for Butch to propose and marry one of the cheerleaders. Originally not even supposed to be the one working that game,...

Paul Dennis reveals himself as Butch. T. Cougar during the home opener of the 2023 football season, Sept. 9.

Behind Butch: Reflecting after an identity uncovered

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor October 11, 2023

When someone is selected to be Butch T. Cougar, they commit a lot of their college life to representing the university in a meaningful way without telling the people closest to them about what they are...

Weronika Wojdyla attacks during the WSU volleyball scrimmage in front of 2023 season ticket holders, Aug. 17.

Weronika ‘Ultimate Teammate’ Wojdyla

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor September 27, 2023

Weronika Wojdyla came to WSU in the same recruiting class as Pia Timmer and Magda Jehlárová and returned alongside them for her fifth season in 2023 to see through what they had started a half-decade...

WSU swimming assistant coach Kaersten Meitz smiling while talking with head coach Matt Leach.

Kaersten Meitz: The energy of the Cougs in one human

PARKER R. SCHAFER, Evergreen columnist September 27, 2023

The Cougars are starting this season with a new assistant coach fresh out of the water who is looking to make an impact on the team. Kaersten Meitz, 27, has an energy that shows not only confidence and...

WSU guard Justin Powell shoos a 3-pointer during an NCAA basketball game against Oregon State, Feb. 16, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

Justin Powell, leading in silence

LUKE WESTFALL, Evergreen sports co-editor March 2, 2023

Justin Powell is a 6-foot-6 combo guard from Prospect, Kentucky, and was an ESPN top 100 prospect out of high school. His journey to WSU has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. During his...

WSU guard Johanna Teder (21) and center Bella Murekatete (55) celebrate after guard Grace Sarver blocks a shot during an NCAA womens basketball game against LMU, Nov. 7.

Bella Murekatete uplifts her team through her infectious smile

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor February 16, 2023

She is one of the best centers in the best conference in women’s basketball, can be counted on to score the basket or snag the rebound and if she has a smile on her face — which she usually does —...

WSU guard Dylan Darling defends against California guard Joel Brown during a NCAA men’s basketball game against California Jan 11th.

Dylan Darling’s blood runs crimson and gray

HAYDEN STINCHFIELD, Evergreen sports co-editor February 16, 2023

Maybe it was fate for Dylan Darling to end up a Coug. His father James Darling starred on the gridiron for the Cougs in the 90s as a linebacker, winning multiple All-Pac-10 awards at the position. After...

WSU women’s swimmer Jewel Springer celebrates senior night with her family before an NCAA women’s swim meet against University of Idaho, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

Jewel’s journey: a steady climb

LUKE WESTFALL, Evergreen sports co-editor February 16, 2023

At first, Jewel Springer hated swimming.  She was forced into it by her dad due to her brother's love for it, she said. Springer is a senior captain for the WSU swim team and a political science...

Meet the new guy: WSU wide receivers coach Nick Edwards

Meet the new guy: WSU wide receivers coach Nick Edwards

LUKE WESTFALL, Evergreen sports co-editor February 2, 2023

This offseason has been filled with turnover for WSU football, with players graduating, coming and going via the transfer portal and coaching changes. But WSU has filled their last open coaching spot with...

Leaders of ZZU CRU, WSUs offical student section, present Ben Chase (center) a ZZU CRU shirt prior to the WSU vs. Utah football game on Oct. 27.

Ben Chase: The man living every sport’s fan dream

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter October 31, 2022

Meet Ben Chase, University of Florida graduate in 2014 and working in Name-image-and-likeness-consulting before wanting to road trip.  While researching college football road trips, and with the help...

Abbott at a WSU football game during the 2021 season.

Message from the sports editor

TOM ABBOTT, Evergreen sports editor January 20, 2022

My name is Tom Abbott, and I am currently the sports editor at The Daily Evergreen.  Sports writing is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. One of my first memories associated with...

WSU forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) high-fives teammates after being substituted during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against California, Saturday, Jan. 15, in Beasley Coliseum.

Gueye earns second Pac-12 accolade

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter January 20, 2022

WSU men’s basketball freshman Mouhamed Gueye won his second PAC-12 Freshman of The Week Award for his efforts against Stanford and UC Berkeley. Gueye was announced as the freshman of the week on Monday. During...

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