WSU athletics striking while iron's hot

December 12, 2011 

On Saturday, my dependable U.S. Postal Service carrier delivered a piece of mail to my all-time favorite Cougar — a donation request from Washington State University athletics.

The form letter came with signatures from athletic director Bill Moos and head football coach Mike Leach. (His autograph looks as if his last name is "Lunch.") It started off with "Welcome to a new era for WSU Athletics" and touched on "the lack of financial support that has been historically provided by the Cougar fan base."

Perhaps the most interesting item appeared on the back of the mailing. It ranked the total number of donors for each Pacific-12 Conference athletic program last year.

Here’s the list as provided by the Cougar Athletic Fund's Wave the Flag campaign:

1. Oregon — 8,800
2. Stanford — 8717
3. Arizona — 7,017
4. Washington — 6,739
5. Oregon State — 6,333
6. USC — 5,400
7. Utah — 5,000
8. Washington State — 4,084
9. Arizona State — 4,014
10. UCLA — 3,820
11. California — not available
12. Colorado — not available

And the mailing noted "if just 10% of the recipients of this mailing became new members of the Cougar Athletic Fund (CAF), we would LEAD THE PAC-12 in the number of members!"

By my count, WSU sent the USPS about 30,000 pieces of mail.

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