August 4, 2006

Things to fix in fall

As far as the game schedule, the Cougars will kick off the 2006 season September 2nd when WSU travels east to take on Auburn. For the coaches and players in Pullman, the 2006 season started when the team walked out of Husky Stadium after the 2005 Apple Cup with trophy in hand. The Cougar players have been working hard in the off-season through winter, spring, and summer to get ready for this year's schedule of games. The Cougs have demons to exorcise, and this season looms large.

Last year, WSU ended up an intensely frustrating 4-7. That record but for a couple bounces of the ball could easily have left the Cougs a bowl bound 7-4 and erased the sting of a frustrating 2004 that saw WSU end up 5-6. Instead, the stakes are very high this year for Washington State football. Success and a bowl game would boost recruiting, re-energize the fan base, and show 2004 and 2005 were bad luck anomalies in the continued rise of modern Cougar football. A third straight losing record would set the program back in a number of ways - recruiting, fund raising, and stadium expansion to name a few - and possibly put the status of this coaching staff in jeopardy.

While spring football answered many depth questions, some big concerns remain. When formal practice starts on Sunday, these questions must be answered and the sooner the better. Here's a few of the most important:

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