October 13, 2010
WSU Cougars need more than a football stadium
WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos thinks that Martin Stadium needs some serious improvements and a football facility in order for the Cougars to be competitive in the Pac-10 Conference. While those things would certianly be nice and the size of Martin Stadium is laughable compared to the other schools in the conference, that's not going to fix everything. Here is what you have to consider...
1. Pullman is a small town compared to the cities the other schools are in. While Spokane is just an hour a way, the school is always going to be lacking in the corporate sponsorships and media market money because there just simply aren't enough heavy hitters and people in the area.
2. It's a northern school and it's colder than balls in Pullman. Nobody from California is going to jump at the chance to live there.
3. They get out-recruited in their own state by Washington. They get out-recruited by Montana and Eastern. They get out-recruited by everyone. If you think I'm joking, just look how big EWU and Montana are as a team and how many local kids are and then look at how big WSU is and where their kids are from. When I saw WSU walk out of the tunnel two years ago I was shocked at how small they were.
So as much as it pains me to talk badly about the Cougs in front of Casey "Dawgfan" Knopik, they need a lot more than just some luxury suites.