WSU Will Take Spring FB Game To Spokane

March 27, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - The Washington State Cougars, who have not played a football game at Spokane's Joe Albi Stadium since the 1983 season, will return to the Lilac City this spring, announcing Tuesday the annual Crimson and Gray Spring Football Game will be played April 28 at the municipal stadium.

WSU Athletic Director Jim Sterk and Cougar football coach Mike Price made the announcement from the Hotel Lusso in Spokane. Joining the Cougar representatives were Bobby Brett of Brett Sports, and the company's president Dave Pier.

The annual intrasquad game, which will end four weeks of April practices, will be played at 2:00 p.m. and will be free to the public. WSU begins spring practice in Pullman April 3.

'We ask people to drive down to Pullman six times a year for us,' Mike Price said, 'so it seems like we could come to Spokane at least once every year.'

A coaching clinic for junior high and high school coaches in the Spokane area will be held Friday night before the game at a local hotel, according to Price, and a barbecue for the teams and public will be held at the stadium following the game.

Price also said he hoped to bring back former Cougar players who live in the Spokane area. 'We would like to have former players and this year's players available to sign autographs after the game,' he commented.

The original concept of bringing the game to Spokane came from Bobby Brett, according to Sterk, who said Brett gave him a tour of the Joe Albi facilities in January with more than a foot of snow on the ground.

Price indicated the teams for the spring game will be determined by a draft Wednesday before the game. The Cougar coaching staff will divide up the team's seniors and they in turn will conduct the draft to complete the team rosters.

WSU will also hold scrimmages April 7, 14 and 21, on the Cougar campus. Price said the April 21 scrimmage will be part of the Moms' Weekend activities.

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