In Tales from the Washington State Cougars Sideline, the stories cover players and coaches alike, including Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson, the colorful “Lone Star” Dietz, Bill Doba, and many more. Walden reveals the effective strategies and the flubs and tells what really happened on the field and in the locker rooms. He also shares the ways he was able to coax prospects into coming to remote Pullman and what he was really screaming at officials all those times. Walden tells his stories the way he coached—all out and nothing held back, with wit and humor.
About the Author
Jim Walden took a dormant program plagued by coaching turnover and turmoil and helped create the foundation for modern Washington State football success. Coaching at WSU from 1977 through 1986, he most notably snapped a 51-season bowl drought by leading the Cougars to the 1981 Holiday Bowl. He was unanimously named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1981. He later became a color commentator on Cougar radio broadcasts. In college Walden quarterbacked the University of Wyoming and went on to play four years in the Canadian Football League.
Dave Boling is a veteran columnist for the Tacoma News Tribune.
Bud Withers is a sports columnist for the Seattle Times. He has written about college football for over 40 years and has garnered writing awards from various organizations, including the USBWA, Associated Press Sports Editors, and the Football Writers Association of America.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Hello, Pullman 1
Chapter 2 Sticking Around 13
Chapter 3 Selling Washington State 23
Chapter 4 Coming Home 37
Chapter 5 Life in Pullman 53
Chapter 6 Cougars Take a Holiday 64
Chapter 7 Making Better Cougars 76
Chapter 8 In the Doghouse… Again 85
Chapter 9 Overwhelming Upsets 90
Chapter 10 Opposing Coaches 105
Chapter 11 On the Way Up 112
Chapter 12 Cougar Coaches 120
Chapter 13 Records and Heartbreak 134
Chapter 14 Noise and Apologies 147
Chapter 15 Rivals to the Core 154
Chapter 16 Strategy and Philosophies 161
Chapter 17 Characters, Heroes, and Quo tables 167
Chapter 18 Mo-Peds and Moping Around 179
Chapter 19 On Air 189
Chapter 20 Other Cougars 193
Chapter 21 A Time to Go 198
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