Rolovich’s hire was, and continues to be a popular one among the people that will be buying tickets to watch his team play, but Monday’s Pac-12 media webinar, which also featured Clay Helton and David Shaw, indicated the new WSU coach has also been embraced by the men who wear the same hat, share the same duties and live through the same experiences as him.
In the first of a three-part media webinar with head coaches from the Pac-12 , WSU’s Nick Rolovich joined Stanford’s David Shaw, USC’s Clay Helton and the Pac-12 Network’s Yogi Roth to discuss the current state of college football amid COVID-19, contingency plans for the 2020 season and the possibility of playing an 11-game conference schedule.
New coach Nick Rolovich and Washington State haven’t let off the gas on the west side of the state, as was evident by the top-five list released Monday by four-star Kennedy Catholic wide receiver Lonyatta “Junior” Alexander.
New head coach Nick Rolovich and WSU may be able to recover if they’re somehow granted a few additional practices in June or July – something that would put the Cougars on level footing with the rest of their peers in the Pac-12 – but until then, we’ll recount five things the program lost out on by losing spring camp.
Since Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge committed to Kyle Smith and Washington State last summer, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound basketball prospect from Portland’s Jefferson High took up football and quickly established himself as one of the top defensive ends in the state, if not the country.
Nick Rolovich sent out his “bat signal” two days ago – an internet GIF depicting Tom Pounds’ Ol’ Crimson flag waving high above the ESPN College GameDay crowd in Pullman two years ago – indicating Washington State’s football program had grabbed its second pledge in the 2021 recruiting class.
WSU’s spring evaluation process may have been knocked off course by COVID-19 and the recruiting dead period that came with it, but 247Sports.com national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman assured The Spokesman-Review earlier this week the Cougars were still making good headway on the 2021 class, even if they didn’t have a commit to show for it.
Anyone who stumbled on the tweet sent out by Renard Bell at 2:41 p.m. Friday would understand why the Washington State wide receiver is smiling again.
River Cracraft’s brief stint playing for the Philadelphia Eagles ended Thursday. The former Washington State wide receiver, who was signed to a futures contract with the Eagles in January, was waived by the organization five days after the conclusion of the NFL draft.
Even if the college football season goes on as planned this fall, Washington State, due to the Pac-12’s scheduling rotation, won’t be crossing paths with Arizona, outside of a potential – albeit unlikely – meeting in the conference championship game. But right now, Nick Rolovich and the Cougars are in hot competition with Kevin Sumlin and the Wildcats.
Anthony Gordon waited, waited and waited some more. By the time the Giants came up with the final pick of the NFL draft, 13 other QBs had been selected. The Giants chose Georgia LB Tae Crowder as “Mr. Irrelevant,” sending Gordon into free agency as one of the most-coveted QBs on the market.
Dezmon Patmon spent his last two seasons at WSU proving he was more than a big body and then padded that assertion, leading the Cougars in receiving yards as a junior and turning in more impressive stats as a senior. Now, the towering wideout will have a chance to do the same at the next level.