COLORS: Crimson and gray.
BASIC OFFENSE: T.
1955 RECORD: Won 1, lost 7, tied 2.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 11 of 28.
WATCH FOR: Bunny Aldrich, B; Rey Alvarado, B; Bill Steiger, B; Don Gest, E; Gene Baker, G.
THE DOPE: The Cougars have a new coach—Jim Sutherland—and very little else. Sutherland coached Ronnie Knox at Santa Monica High, followed his protégé" to California and moved on to Washington, where he was fired by John Cherberg in the midst of the player revolt last year. An exponent of the straight T, Sutherland has promised an aerial circus for Washington State, but he doesn't have much to keep it flying. Aside from two good running backs, Bill Steiger and Rey Alvarado, and a durable end, Pete Toomey, the WSC squad is made up largely of sophomores and junior-college transfers. Sutherland has recruited diligently in the Santa Monica area, where he established a good reputation as a high school coach, but the results of his safari won't be felt this season. The Cougars should have a fast backfield, but the entire starting line of 1955 has moved on. Sutherland is pinning his faint hopes on "a new enthusiasm and desire," yet he foresees an "unpredictable season."
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—Stanford at Spokane, N
Sept. 29—San Jose State (13-13)
Oct. 6—at Idaho (9-0)
Oct. 13—at ULCA (0-55)
Oct. 20—Oregon State (6-14)
Oct. 27—at Col. of Pac, N (0-30)
Nov. 3—USC (12-50)
Nov. 10—at Oregon (0-35)
Nov. 17—at California (20-20)
Nov. 24—Wash, at Spokane (7-27)
COLORS: Silver and gold.