If you’re a Washington State football fan and didn’t like where the Cougars were headed last season under coach Mike Leach, you might regret what you said.
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That’s because Cougars athletic director Bill Moos told his staff to ban the nastiest of letter and email writers from being able to purchase bowl game tickets, according to a story in The Olympian newspaper in Washington.
Washington State lost eight games in a row last year, but has won six games this season heading into Saturday’s Apple Cup against Washington, making the 6-5 Cougars eligible for their first bowl since 2003.
“I answer all of those emails, then I send them to the Cougar Athletic Fund to see what their gift history is, and what their ticket purchase history is,” Moos told The Olympian. “Pretty amazing — about 85-90 percent of them are not members of the CAF.
“I’ve got a no-bowl ticket file, and I want people on board and believing in what we’re doing, and trusting how we’re going about it. If they don’t want to be on the train, the train’s already pulled out of the station.”
• Florida Atlantic withdrew Carl Pelini’s resignation as football coach and fired him instead Tuesday, saying they had cause to do so because he failed to report certain conduct of a member of his staff.
The letter, dated Tuesday and sent to Pelini’s home address by interim president Dennis Crudele, does not cite drug use as a reason for the firing. Pelini resigned Oct. 30 after Owls athletic director Patrick Chun said Pelini and former defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis acknowledged using illegal drugs. Pelini denied that claim, though a member of his staff wrote an affidavit claiming to have personally witnessed Pelini using marijuana and cocaine.
The school could have asked for a $500,000 repayment if he resigned. The Owls, 5-6, are 3-0 since Pelini was replaced by interim coach Brian Wright.
• Weber State fired Jody Sears as football coach after he went 4-19 in two seasons.
• Southeast Missouri fired football coach Tony Samuel with two years left on his contract after a third straight losing season. Southeast Missouri finished 3-9. Samuel is a former Nebraska defensive end and an 11-year assistant under coach Tom Osborne.
Henning repeats as SEC award winner
For the second straight week and third time this season, Missouri outside hitter Lisa Henning was chosen Monday as the SEC offensive volleyball player of the week.
Henning, a 6-foot-1 senior from Blue Springs, averaged 5.25 points and 4.67 kills per set Sunday, while hitting .453 as the SEC champion Tigers improved to 33-0 with a win at Kentucky.
Henning, who also averaged two digs and added five blocks, also had 11 kills Friday as Missouri swept Mississippi State to clinch the conference title.