Washington State University plays Minnesota in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016.
So what will be the first point of reference for Washington State’s 2016 football season?
During a tense, emotional postgame press conference – they always are when a team loses its final game – Washington State coach acknowledged that the outside noise might have gotten through and led his players astray.
For the first time since it became an issue, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk himself was asked whether or not he will be returning next season or entering the upcoming NFL draft. His answer? Inconclusive.
And to think Minnesota was the team that some folks worried would not show up for the Holiday Bowl. The Washington State Cougars were present, but played like they were the ones boycotting, declining to muster even an anemic offense until the final, unimpactful seconds of their 17-12 loss in the Holiday Bowl.