Bledsoe had a record-setting career in his three years at Washington State. After gaining the starting job at the end of the 1990 season as a true freshman (joined later by Jeff Tuel as the only two in school history), he quickly became the face of the Cougars’ offense. In 1992 Bledsoe led his team to a 9–3 record (ranking ...
Thompson led the Pac-10 in scoring as a junior, again earning All-Pac-10 first-team honors. He became just the third Cougar to win first-team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches twice in his career. In addition, he became the first Cougar to be named Pac-10 Player of the Week three times when he won the award for the ...
After every touchdown and Cougar win, the WSU ROTC Department fires a blank round from a "Pack-75" 75mm Towed Howitzer. The concussion from the celebratory blast is seen, heard and felt by everyone in and around Martin Stadium. The cannon is property of the Washington Army National Guard and on loan to the university in support of WSU Athletics and the WSU ROTC Department. The ROTC "Cannon Crew" is composed exclusively of ROTC Cadets who are also members of the Washington Army National Guard. The cannon was first brought to WSU in 1993 and was fired from a balcony atop the Compton Union Building (CUB) overlooking Martin Stadium until 2006. Following the 2006 season, due to the CUB remodel, the cannon was absent from WSU Football. The cannon returned for the 2010 and 2011 seasons and now fires from atop the newly remodeled WSU Library, also overlooking Martin Stadium. The Pack-75 Howitzer is of WWII vintage where it saw combat service with units of the Washington Army National Guard in both the Philippines and Guadal Canal.
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Washington State University
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1917 - 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
2010 – Present / PAC 12 Conference
1978 – 2010 / Pacific 10 Conference
1962 – 1978 / Pacific 8 Conference
1958 - 1962 / Independent
1917 - 1958 / Pacific Coast Conference
Cougars - After a match up with California in 1919, a local cartoonist depicted the football team as cougars chasing golden bears. The student's at WSU took a liking to the nickname and made it official almost immediately.
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