Pullman, WA--On Thursday, the venerable Keith Jackson held a news conference on the campus of Washington State University to announce his endorsement of Vincent Grippi and John Blanchette for Washington State College Sportswriter of the year.
In making his decision, Mr. Jackson cited Grippi's loyalty to "old school journalism" as the primary tipping point in his decision.
The news appeared to overwhelm Grippi, who upon hearing the news, promptly stormed the podium and ran out of the room with the 2001 Sears trophy that accompanied Mr. Jackson to the event.
Elsewhere, Mike Price declared his support for Bud Withers on Thursday.
In his statement, Price described Withers as a "Great Coug" who "you can always count on for well-researched, straight stories that never include my drunken binges at the Sports Page."
Neither the Moore-Yanity ticket or the WSU Football Blog picked up any major endorsements.
Both declined to offer any public comment, although a person close to the WSU Football Blog called the day's events "crushing."
Meanwhile, the final Gallup Poll showed a two-way race emerging as the Polls open:
Grippi-Blanchette polled at 35%, followed by Condotta-Withers at 25%, Moore-Yanity at 22%, and the WSU Football Blog at 18%.
Polls are open through Tuesday.