From Pullman — Cougar Calls — Bud Nameck's weekly radio show on KXLY with WSU athletic director Bill Moos — can be heard every Monday at 10 a.m. Moos wasn't available today so associate athletic director Mike Marlow appeared in his stead. A podcast will be made available later just in case you weren't able to devote an hour of your Monday morning to listening. We've also summarized a few of the highlights, after the jump.
- Marlow talked about how the “dead” recruiting period has been extended this year and said that it's a nice break for the coaches. Some of the coaches are at a coaches' convention while others are in the office, ready to hit the road for the final recruiting pitch.
- Marlow said that they know who the football team will play before the Pac-12 schedule is released, they just don't know the order of teams. The athletic department is excited about the schedule, which features five home games in Pullman. He added that the Cougars like an “A-B-C” schedule in terms of opponent difficulty, and believes that is the case in 2014 with Rutgers being the “A” school, Nevada being the “B” and Portland State being the “C”.
- The athletic department is optimistic that WSU fans will travel well to Reno for the Nevada game, given how well the school traveled to UNLV.
- The rally squads are heading to Disneyland on Thursday for the national college cheer championship, which will be televised on ESPN. This is the first time WSU has ever competed and the first time the Crimson Girls have competed since 2009. There are 50 total students in the spirit squads.
- WSU women's basketball coach June Daugherty joined the show to talk about her team's 4-0 start to conference play. The Cougars swept UW, who they previously hadn't beaten in nearly 20 years. She said that her cell phone battery died after both wins because so many people were calling/texting. “We're a pretty good team when we play as hard as we're playing right now and we can pretty much beat anybody any time anywhere.”
- WSU has a tough matchup against 11-4 Colorado coming up. “We need to be ready and we need to have our fans fired up for that game.”
- Daughtery said that the front court players have been doing practicing twice daily since Christmas Break. Shalie Dheensaw has been a breakout player for the Cougars, and had double-doubles in both wins over Washington.
- Deputy athletic director Anne McCoy is serving as the point person on WSU's search for a new soccer coach. Nameck says that she's been “inundated with applications.”
- Associate athletic director Chris Walker joined the show to promote “A Night with Cougar Football”, in Spokane on Februrary 5th, the Tri-Cities on February 7th, and in Portland on the 8th. Coach Mike Leach will be on hand to talk about the 2014 recruiting class, and Moos will provide updates on the state of the athletic department. The Cougars will be in Seattle on March 8th. Tickets are $100 dollars for CAF members, $125 for non members. You can register here.