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Why we love WSU basketball

Posted by Jeff Nusser on March 27, 2008

We’ve all heard the story about Taylor Rochestie giving up his scholarship next year so the Cougs could pick up another recruit. But I guarantee you’ve never heard it told quite like this.

This is why, no matter what happens tonight, we love this team. And it’s why I count it an absolute blessing and privilege to have a man like Tony Bennett and the men that will take the floor tonight representing my university. It’s why I do what I do with this blog.

The beauty of a selfless act is that it begets more selfless acts. Tony Bennett gave Rochestie a chance when no one else would. Rochestie gave up his scholarship when the team needed it. And everybody on the team knows it, which means when it comes time for the next selfless act — showing up for extra workouts during the offseason, sticking around for an extra hour to help a struggling teammate shoot jumpers, staying up and talking with a teammate who had a particularly rough day, giving a guy a ride — they’ll do it.

Not because they have to. Because they want to.

Thanks to Longball for passing the link along. 

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2 Responses to “Why we love WSU basketball”

  1. Michelle said

    I work at an undisclosed loaction in the Athletic Department (take a guess) and we had someone call this morning to donate 100 dollars because he had read this article about taylor. He is not a Cougar but said he just bacame a Coug fan. My mom also called me crying after she had read this. I know it is old news but the guy who wrote this article really captured the meaning of what Taylor had done.

    I’m proud to be a Coug and I BELIEVE!!

  2. Nuss said

    It sounds completely cheeseball, but I literally swelled with Cougar pride when I read this story. TB seriously ought to write a book about his five pillars — I cannot think of five better guiding principals for any organization.

    And … I BELIEVE TOO!

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