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In defense of Wulff

Sun., Nov. 8, 2009

I see all the barstool experts have worked up enough gumption to share their ill-formed opinions on Cougars football with readers of The Spokesman-Review.

No one is pleased with the results over the last two seasons, and it doesn’t help that our friends in Moscow are having a season for the ages with an old Cougars coach running the show. But then again, Robb Akey is in his third year.

Over in Seattle, Huskies fans are dusting off their purple gear and their superior attitudes with the success of their football team.

But I hazard to guess that if Paul Wulff inherited a team with the junior and senior depth of the Huskies and a quarterback named Locker, the Cougars would be doing the strutting.

I’m satisfied with the direction of the football program, if not the record. Wulff has instilled a work ethic in the players and the coaching staff that will pay off in the long run. When the kids are old enough to shave, watch out.

What floored me were the comments about Jim Sterk and the notion that he’s made poor hiring choices at WSU. The Cougars’ basketball team has been to the postseason three years in a row. That’s never happened before. Cougars baseball had its highest finish in the Pac-10 under coach Donnie Marbut. And I haven’t even mentioned June Daugherty yet or volleyball and soccer.

Think about it. All of this with the smallest budget, by far, in the conference.

Paul Wulff will be just fine given enough time and Jim Sterk may be the best thing to happen for WSU sports.

Larry Medin



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