Washington State Cougars

Washington State Cougars

Infobox college athletics
name = Washington State University Cougars

university = Washington State University
founded = 1890
conference = Pac-10 | division = Division I
director = Jim Sterk
city = Pullman
state = Washington
stateabb = WA
teams = 15
stadium = Martin Stadium
arena = Beasley Coliseum
mascot = Butch T. Cougar
nickname = Cougars
color1 = Crimson
color2 = Gray
hex1 = 9e1b34
hex2 = 606a74
pageurl = http://wsucougars.cstv.com/
pagename = WSU Athletics
The Washington State Cougars are the athletic teams at Washington State University; the term applies to any of the school's varsity teams. Washington State University is a member of the Pacific Ten Conference, which participates in the NCAA Division I. The athletic program comprises nine women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball; and six men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field. The school also offers various intramural sports.

Athletics

Intramural athletics

University Recreation also supports 27 club sports, including bowling, Men's Crew, cricket, cycling, equestrian show team, men's and women's flag football, fencing, polo, men's and women's ice hockey, judo, men's lacrosse, logger sports, rodeo, men's rugby union, sailing, ski team, men's soccer, women's fast-pitch softball, tae kwon do, triathlon, Ultimate, men's and women's volleyball, Cougar Club Tennis, water polo and wrestling.

Varsity athletics

Washington State University is a member of the Pac-10 athletic conference. The school's mascot is "Butch T. Cougar" and the school's colors are crimson and gray. Varsity athletics include men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and track and field, as well as women's basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field. In the past WSU had varsity programs of boxing, wrestling, and gymnastics. In 1937, Roy Petragallo and Ed McKinnon won the NCAA boxing championship, WSU's first national championship.

Football

Over the past five years, the Cougar football teams have been distinguished by three ten win seasons, three top ten poll rankings, and bowl game appearances. The Cougars shared the Pac-10 title in 2002.

Men's Basketball

In 1917, the Cougars won their only basketball National Championship. In the late-1970s when George Raveling was head coach, the Cougars were among the Pac-10 conference's top teams. Before becoming coach in 2005, Tony Bennett spent three seasons as an assistant to his father, the last two as associate head coach.

Baseball

Baseball was also popular during the Buck Bailey and Bobo Brayton eras. In 2006, the Cougars were ranked as high as 28th in the nation after winning the series against Stanford the weekend of March 26th, 2006. The track and field program has given WSU one of its three national championships in 1977 (1917 Men's Basketball, 1937 Boxing).Fact|date=December 2007

Rivalries

Washington State's biggest rival is the University of Washington (UW) Huskies. One of the most important athletic contests for both schools is the Apple Cup:cite web |url=http://www.spokesmanreview.com/sports/story.asp?ID=221028 |title=A day to remember |publisher=Spokane Spokesman-Review |date=2007-11-24 |accessdate=2007-12-16] cite web |url=http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=160390 |title=Apple Cup never lacks for meaning |publisher=Spokane Spokesman-Review |author=Glen Kasses |date=2006-11-18 |accessdate=2007-12-16] the annual game between the Cougars and the University of Washington Huskies and is traditionally held on the third Saturday of November.

As the two main public universities in the state, WSU and UW have a geographic rivalry.

Strong rivalries also exist between WSU and the other Pac-10 teams of the Pacific Northwest: the University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State University Beavers. Competition between the schools in football has been very competitive over the years, as the Cougars hold a 47-41-3 advantage in the series against OSU and trail UO by a tally of 38-39-7.

WSU’s closest geographic rival is the University of Idaho, another land-grant school only eight miles (13 km) east in Moscow, Idaho. The Battle of the Palouse, the annual football game, was revived in 1998 for a 10 year run, and is usually held at Martin Stadium in Pullman.cite web |url=http://www.krem.com/sports/stories/krem2_091507_wsuidaho.d9f3a59a.html |title=90th "Battle of the Palouse" plays out in Pullman |publisher=The Associated Press |date=2007-09-15 |accessdate=2007-12-16] The game was not played in 2008; WSU has won the last seven games and holds a 70-18-3 (.786) advantage in the series.

1915 football national championship

The Washington State Warriors won the 1915 Rose Bowl, finishing 10-0 and outscored its opponents 204-10, was in fact one of three teams that went undefeated that year, the other two being Cornell University (currently recognized as the 1915 champions) and the University of Pittsburgh.Fact|date=December 2007 In 1915 Washington State College was awarded the opportunity to play in Rose Bowl and was set to play Brown University, which had lost only one game, to Harvard University (who in turn lost to Cornell 10-0) by a score of 16-7.Fact|date=December 2007 Washington State beat Brown in the Rose Bowl 14-0.Fact|date=December 2007 However a 1915 national championship was never awarded until 1935, when a Princeton University graduate submitted the first national polling of that season.Fact|date=December 2007 Cornell was given the championship twenty years after the 1915 season.Fact|date=December 2007 [http://washingtonstate.scout.com/2/499576.html]

Spirit and traditions

Cougar mascot

The mascot became the Indians during the decade spanning 1910-1919. Three football coaches came from the famous Carlisle Indian College in Pennsylvania: Frank Shivley, William "Lone Star" Dietz and Gus Welch.

Following the first football game between WSU and California in 1919, an Oakland cartoonist portrayed the Washington State team as fierce Northwest cougars chasing the defeated Golden Bears. A few days later, on October 28, WSU students officially designated "Cougars" as their team mascot.

In 1927 during the Homecoming football game against the University of Idaho, Washington State Governor Roland H. Hartley presented a cougar cub to the WSU students. The cub was originally to be called "Governor Hartley," in honor of its donor. The governor gracefully declined and suggested the name "Butch," in honor of Herbert "Butch" Meeker of Spokane, who was WSU's gridiron football star at the time. [cite web |url=http://wsucougars.cstv.com/trads/butch-history.html |title=Traditions |publisher=Washington State University Athletics |accessdate=2008-03-12]

Governor Clarence D. Martin presented Butch II to the student body in 1938. Butch III and IV were twin cubs presented by Governor Arthur B. Langlie in January 1942. Governor Langlie also presented Butch V in 1955. Butch VI, the last live mascot on campus, died in the summer of 1978. Governor Albert Rosellini had presented him to WSU in 1964 from Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. [cite web |url=http://wsucougars.cstv.com/trads/butch-history.html |title=Traditions |publisher=Washington State University Athletics |accessdate=2008-03-12]

Today, the mascot, named Butch T. Cougar, is a student wearing a cougar costume. The student playing the mascot is anonymous; the student's identity is only revealed after the last sporting event of the school year, usually the last home basketball game of the season.

Fight song

Fight, fight, fight for Washington State,
Win the victory!
Win the day for Crimson and Gray,
Best in the West, we know you'll all do your best,
So on, on, on, on fight till the end,
Honor and glory you must win!
So fight, fight, fight for Washington State,
and victory!
W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N S-T-A-T-E C-O-U-G-S Go Cougs!

ZZU CRU

The ZZU CRU is the official student fan club for WSU Basketball. The $15 membership fee gives students exclusive access to prime seating at games, contests, meetings with the teams, store discounts, and early entry into the arena. The lower section of the arena, where the ZZU CRU sits, is called The Cage. ZZU CRU members are given a t-shirt and other prizes throughout the season. Members get points by attending games and other basketball functions. At the end of the season, those with more points get better prize packages, including clothing and sports equipment. The top 10 members are entered into a drawing to receive two basketball tickets to the Pac-10 Tournament. In the 2007-2008 season, should the Cougars repeat in the NCAA Tournament, the top 25 members will each receive two tickets to the tournament.

Victory Bell

In the late 1800s the bell was mounted on the ground in the center of campus to start and dismiss class. Later, it was placed on top of Old College Hall when automatic bells were used, and then on Bryan Hall. The bell was first rung in victory after WSU beat the Washington Huskies by the women's basketball team in 1902. Later, the members of the Intercollegiate Knights rang the bell following a football win. It was subsequently moved to the present College Hall, and now rests on the west side of the Alumni Centre where it is rung by the Student Alumni Connection after each football win.

Presence on ESPN College GameDay

The popular ESPN College GameDay program has, as of 2006, never been broadcast from WSU. An unofficial, but well organized effort to place the WSU flag in view of the GameDay cameras for every broadcastcite web |url=http://washington-state-magazine.wsu.edu/stories/2005/August/HowCoug.html |title=How Coug Are You? |publisher=Washington State University |author=Hannelore Sudermann |date=2005-09-01 |accessdate=2007-12-15] has been acknowledged by the GameDay crew, but the show still has no plans to broadcast from Pullman.

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