** Written during the Paul Wulff years, you can feel the agony in every paragraph. In 2011, we were still a long ways off, and in some ways probably still are. I’ll never apologize for being a Coug, and I’ll never stop believing in my team. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be pissed when they lose. **
Originally published November 12th, 2011
This has been one of those football seasons that had a ton of promise. It was awesome seeing the Cougs come out strong, we were putting up points and dominating on defense. Sure it was against easy opponents, but it was something WSU hadn’t done much of over the last 3 years. It was all about momentum. A frustrating loss to San Diego State, a comeback (and beyond lucky) win in Colorado, then in UCLA something happened; the train went off the rails. That loss to UCLA was the catalyst to the season. I truly felt we should have been 5-0 to start the season, a lot of us did. I wonder if the team did too, and the minute that we ran into adversity our performance collapsed. But who’s fault is that? Is it the players for failing to perform? Is it the coach for failing to motivate his team thru adversity? Is it the fans for failing to show when your team is playing the #4 team in the country?
The goal coming into the season was “Bowl Or Bust”. Today’s game against ASU is one of 3 must wins to make that happen. Lose 1 of our next 3 and we’re out. If that happens, where do we go from here?
The “Fire Paul Wulff” campaign is picking up steam at every stop. I don’t blame fans and alum for being upset. I’m pissed at where we are, this was an expectation heavy year. (Although, being perfectly honest, I have high expectations EVERY year, I don’t watch games expecting to lose. I watch because I expect to win every game!) I’m not going to apologize for the team’s performance and I’m not going to excuse it either. I’ll watch out the rest of the year and accept whatever decision Bill Moos makes. I have faith that we’re heading in the right direction, we’ll see if that includes Coach Wulff.
Regardless of what happens, I want to make 3 specific statements:
1) I never root for anyone to get fired. Paul Wulff has character, conviction, and integrity. That may not mean he’s the right person for this job, but I challenge anyone to say he isn’t a good person or a good Coug.
2) We need to be better fans. What does that mean? I’m not telling you that you can’t “Boo”, I’m not telling you you can’t demand that Wulff be fired, that means you’re passionate and upset about how the team is doing! You’re supposed to be fired up! What that means is show up to the games and support our team! Not selling out against the #4 team in the country is sad. Where was I that game? Working in Alaska that weekend. If you live on campus, what was your excuse?
3) Go Cougs! Get out and wave that flag!
Three games left and there’s still hope!