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WSU adding new scoreboard(s) to Martin Stadium


FROM PULLMAN — A new scoreboard more than twice the size of the old one will be added to the east side of Martin Stadium in time for Washington State's home opener against Southern Utah on Sept. 14.

An LED ribbon board is also being constructed along the facade of the premium seating structure.

I'm told the costs of these projects is estimated at $3.5 million.

Here's the release from the school.

Fans arriving at Martin Stadium for the Washington State’s home opener Sept. 14 against Southern Utah will see continued improvements to the venue, including the construction of the $61 million football operations building in the west end zone along with a state-of-the-art video board anchored in the east end adjacent to Stadium Way.

In addition to the video display there will be a ribbon board along the south end of the stadium as well as a premier audio system throughout the stadium.

“The video and audio systems we are installing, along with the premium seating and soon to be completed football operations building will make Martin Stadium one of the premier venues in college athletics,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos.

The improvements are a direct outgrowth of the university’s strategy of delivering to fans the ultimate game day experience, Moos said.

The new video display, engineered and installed by Daktronics, will be 73 feet wide and 36 feet high and features the latest Daktronics light emitting diode (LED) video technology. The video board will be 112 percent larger than the previous board while producing a wider, most consistent viewing angle. The video display will be more than double the size of the previous display with four times the resolution. It will be one of the few High Definition Video Displays in college football as its 840 x 1708 resolution exceeds high definition standard.

The LED Ribbon Board display will measure 4 feet tall by 347 feet wide and run along the premium seating side of Martin Stadium.

Both the video and ribbon boards will display game statistics and information, out of town scores, along with graphics, animations, crowd prompts and opportunities for partner-related elements.

The Daktronics custom audio system, which will be integrated with the video and scoring system, is engineered to provide full-range sound reproduction and deliver clear and intelligible speech at Martin Stadium. The result is a powerful audio experience for all those in attendance and is similar to the largest stadium audio systems that Daktronics installs.

A few other high profile stadiums that have combined high performance audio and video systems designed, engineered and installed by Daktronics are Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, Wisconsin’s Camp Randall, Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium,  Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium, Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium and Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Stadium.

Thursday Night Football at WSU


FROM PULLMAN — With this being Washington State's mock game week, the Cougars' scout-team players had a chance for the first time this season to participate in coach Mike Leach's "Thursday Night Football" scrimmage at the end of practice. We also have a few other notes to pass along, so keep reading.

The ‘9 days ‘til kickoff’ links edition


FROM PULLMAN — Yes, we're into the single-digits of the Football Season Countdown. That's an unofficial, working title you might never see again. Here are your links.

WSU preparing for up-tempo Auburn


FROM PULLMAN — Preparations rolled on for the Cougars on Wednesday, as the first-team defense continued to prepare for an up-tempo offense with a mobile quarterback. We have a few more notes after the jump, so keep reading.

Live chat today, plus links


FROM PULLMAN — We're shifting our weekly live chats to Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m., beginning today. This way, we can continue them on the same day throughout the season (since next Thursday will be a travel day). Anyway, continue for links.

Notes from WSU’s first closed practice


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State's practice earlier this afternoon had a distinct game-week feel to it — though the Cougars' opener at Auburn is still 11 days away. And we watched practice from the elevator tower for the first time this season. So did a few other people. You can see the view in the photo above. We have notes, too, so keep reading.

Tuesday links as WSU returns to practice


FROM PULLMAN — It's that time of year again. The time when we head to the top of an elevator tower to watch a "closed" football practice. Before then, we have links to stories with words and whatnot.

Monday from WSU


FROM PULLMAN — It's an off-day for the Cougars (on the practice field, anyway), but our camp coverage still rolls along. Links follow the jump.

WSU does light work on Day 16


FROM PULLMAN — It was a standard, in-season Sunday night practice for Washington State tonight — that is to say, they didn't wear pads — not even shoulder pads — just jerseys, shorts and helmets, and did mostly scout and special-teams work. We do have a few notes, so read on.

WSU links: Auburn picks a QB, dumps a safety


FROM PULLMAN — In addition to our WSU links, we pass along yesterday's news out of Auburn on this fine Sunday morning. Details below.

WSU goes short on Day 15


FROM PULLMAN — It was a brief practice for Washington State tonight, with some truncated drill periods preceding team session. The whole thing didn't last much more than an hour. We do have a few notes, so read on.

Video: Rick Neuheisel talks facilities, WSU and more


FROM PULLMAN — Here's the first part of our discussion today with Rick Neuheisel, who along with Mike Yam is touring each Pac-12 football camp this season for a show that will air on the Pac-12 Networks. You can watch WSU's segment on Monday at 7 p.m.

UPDATE: Here's Part 2, which begins with Neuheisel discussing Mike Price's recruiting strategy.

Weekend links from WSU


FROM PULLMAN — A short practice awaits Washington State later this afternoon. A short smattering of links awaits your eyes right now. Keep reading.

Dockery done at WSU, plus scrimmage notes


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State scrimmaged for roughly 52-55 plays this afternoon, and we have plenty to pass along from that. But the bigger news tonight is that coach Mike Leach confirmed the departure of redshirt freshman cornerback Rahmel Dockery, who Leach said will "make other plans" to play elsewhere. Read on.

Cougars to scrimmage this afternoon


FROM PULLMAN — If you're in town and want to watch WSU scrimmage, you're in luck. The Cougars will scrimmage at about 4:30 p.m. today in Martin Stadium. Here's a roundup of yesterday's news.

Day 13 from WSU


FROM PULLMAN — Another day, another practice for the Washington State football team, which is now only 15 days away from its season opener at Auburn. The Cougars will scrimmage tomorrow at roughly 4:30 p.m. in Martin Stadium. For now, we have notes and such.

Live chat and links on a Thursday


FROM PULLMAN — We'll have our first live chat of the season today at 1 p.m. (and if you're into EWU football, Jim Allen will chat about that at noon). Read on for more links from WSU and around the conference.

Halliday takes it easy on Day 12


FROM PULLMAN — For the second consecutive day, Connor Halliday didn't throw quite as many passes as he's used to. There are a few other notes to pass along from WSU's Wednesday practice, so read along.

Linking Tuesday to Wednesday


FROM PULLMAN — Practice is back in session for the Cougars, who go again this afternoon at 3 p.m. We started our annual position previews today with a look at WSU's quarterbacks. Read on for that and more.

WSU returns to Martin for Day 11


FROM PULLMAN — It was back to normal surroundings for the Washington State football team earlier this afternoon, as the Cougars returned to Rogers Field and Martin Stadium and practiced for a couple of hours on either side of the construction site. We've got some news and notes after the jump.

Tuesday links from WSU


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State resumes practice on campus this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. It will split its sessions between Rogers Field and Martin Stadium for the rest of the season, just as it did during spring practice. Read on for some links. (EDIT: I do know what day it is, I swear.)

Monday links after WSU’s scrimmage


FROM PULLMAN — There's no WSU practice to cover today, but there are plenty of links to pass along. Those are all after the jump.

Pac-12 Networks going on offensive vs. DirecTV


FROM PULLMAN — The fight between the Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV has been very tense and very public for the better part of the last year.

It's not getting any friendlier.

The Pac-12 Networks are launching a "Compare" campaign today, the goal of  which is to further urge Pac-12 sports fans to drop DirecTV in favor of a television provider that carries Pac-12 Networks. The Pac-12's message remains that DirecTV has been offered the same deal as every other provider, but still refuses to agree to a deal.

The campaign will feature school-specific advertisements in print, on television and on radio. Here's what the WSU print ad looks like. Have to admit, it's pretty funny.

WSUDirecTV by christiancaple

The TV and radio spots will riff off the same theme. The Pac-12 Networks website has already dedicated a stand-alone page to this cause, with testimonials from a few conference athletic directors — Bill Moos included — urging their fans to drop DirecTV.

It's an interesting strategy. Think it'll work?

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

Notes from WSU’s first scrimmage


FROM LEWISTON — Turns out Washington State got out of Lewiston just in time — a thunderstorm rolled in toward the end of practice, and lightning could be seen in the distance during interviews. No matter. The Lewiston Experience is in the books, WSU is back in Pullman and practice will resume Tuesday on campus. For now, we have notes from Sunday's scrimmage, so read on.

WSU ready to scrimmage


FROM PULLMAN — The Lewiston Experience will come to an end later this afternoon for the Washington State football team, as the Cougars will scrimmage before departing Sacajawea Junior High School. We have some links to start your day.

Mic’d up: WSU LBs coach Ken Wilson


FROM PULLMAN — The WSU Athletics website continues its series of mic'd up coaches that it began in the spring. Here's a look at linebackers coach Ken Wilson.