WENATCHEE — One of the reasons that the transition from high school to college can be tough on athletes is the fact that at the collegiate level, some players will have to come off the bench. It’s an unfamiliar role for most of them, a role that requires a different mindset than they came to their college programs with.
Five years ago, as a rookie athletic director, Scott Woodward made a good hire out of a bad situation. He had an opening for a football coach, the most high-profile sports job at Washington, but he came to the negotiating table with a winless team, a decaying stadium and no real track record as an AD.
PULLMAN — When the Washington State football team beat Utah on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time in seven years, many players and coaches wore T-shirts that said “Property of Sacajawea Junior High.”