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Hold on Cougs, your kingdom will come

By this time next year, Washington State will have its new football center.
This year, however, might be a little rough. Friday, the Cougars opened fall practice at Sacajawea Junior High in Lewiston, Idaho. They’re temporarily displaced from their Pullman home by the Cougar Football Project, which will be completed by next summer.

So, while the Phil Knight trust-fund kids at Oregon will open practice Monday here:

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Washington State is practicing here:

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The Cougars are staying in dorms at Lewis-Clark State College and taking yellow school buses to and from Sacajawea. Like Monty Python, players are  looking on the bright side of life.
“It’s cool,” senior safety Deone Bucannon told the Columbian’s on-call Eastern Washington reporter Howie Stalwick. “I like everything here.”
Bucannon acknowledged that footing could be tricky on the spongy grass fields.
“This is a certifiably slow surface,” said coach Mike Leach, who said the experience should help with team bonding. “I mean, I don’t know if there is a slower surface.”

The Ritz it ain’t.

Micah Rice

Micah Rice

Columbian Sports Editor Micah Rice is the author of Tailgate Talk: College football from a Clark County perspective.