WSU Fall Camp Marks the Beginning of Another Cougar Season

Lew WrightSenior Writer IAugust 17, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  A Washington State Cougars helmet showing the initials of Pat Tillman next to the American flag during the Arizona State Sun Devils against Washington State Cougars Pac-10 game at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field on November 13, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Washington State University fall football camp officially begins Sunday morning at 9 am on Rogers Field, in the heart of the Palouse, on the Pullman campus.

Yesterday the rookies, incoming freshmen student/athletes, checked in and the rest of the roster reported Saturday.

For those of us addicted to college football, the opening of fall camp has been a long time coming.

There must be a myriad of reasons why so many fans look forward to another season of Cougar football.

After the disappointment of last season, there is nowhere for the WSU football program to get but up. 

The nightmare was Cougar football in 2008 exposed problems that even first year Coach Paul Wulff didn't foresee.

Been there. Done that.

Time to turn the page and move on toward better things and better days.

The slate is clean beginning at 9 am tomorrow. Coach Wulff's team has set aside any memories of a year ago and moved forward to the possibilities in 2009.

As one who tends to be surrounded by college football fans, it seems as though there is more excitement and anticipation for another year of Pac-10 football than memory can recall.

Being the sort who is always in search of answers to questions which really don't need to be asked, my casual observation begs the question.


Last year was a tough year. Not talking college football here. My reference is to the overall state of our nation. Since you have lived through it right with me, no need rehash the events of the past year.

College sports, football in particular, have always been a colorful part of life.

If you're a student, your team becomes a rallying point for your friends and you.

If you're an alum, it's a way to remain connected to some of the best days of your life.

And if you're a fan, there is literally nothing but pure joy in watching student/athletes compete on the field.

Come gameday, the band will be marching and playing.

Cheerleaders will be leading shouts approaching a sound level capable of drowning out the noise of a 747 in support of their gridiron warriors. Oh, there is the intimidation of opponents to factor into fans desire to scream at the top of their lungs as well.

Flag twirlers will be...well, twirling their flags.

Then there is the school mascot. Some enthusiastic, energetic and athletic student imploring vocal support from fans will be dressed in a costume to resemble the school mascot, which in the case of Washington State is none other than Butch.

These days we could use a bit more joy and a bit less of the reality our nation finds itself.

Sixty minutes of college football provides an emotional distraction from the concerns of day-to-day life. The pageantry surrounding the game is a welcome diversion.

Witnessing young student/athletes play the game of football at a high level is engaging simply because of the athletic skill and teamwork required. Adding in all the other elements make a college football game something special.

When your team wins, it's as though you have personally shared in the glory of victory.

At 9 am Sunday morning, the process begins for WSU. A mix of rookie players with other teammates of varying experience will create another edition of Cougar football.

Time for all us to change attitude with the season. Fall is known as a colorful transition into part of the circle of life.

Cougar football is an outstanding component of the fall season.

All that's left is an additional rhetorical question.

Are you ready for some football?

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