The Cougs have a proud tradition of Samoan players that includes a certain QB dubbed the “Throwin Samoan” who when he got drafted in 1979 handed off the QB duties to a guy whose real name was… Samoa Samoa. That tradition was revived this weekend as Mike Leach morphed from pirate into Captain Cook, raiding the tiny Polynesian island for what we Coug fans hope turns out to be recruiting gold (or perhaps more appropriately, recruiting bread fruit). Defensive end Destiny Vaeao and defensive tackle Robert Barber have committed to sign on with the Cougs this week. Could these be the first couple drops from what many hope will become a Polynesian pipeline of amazing hair streaming into Pullman to play for the Cougs? Looks promising. Perhaps new defensive line coach Joe Salave may be the island connection he was advertised to be. Sutra has got to be pumped.
Vaeao comes with a glut of offers, though he hasn’t been rated by Scout yet, while Barber comes completely out of left field with very little to judge him by besides his size. Until we see him ourselves, we’ll just have to trust that Leach and staff have seen what they need to see offer him a nose tackle spot in our new 3-4 defense. Since all Samoans have what scientists call the football gene, I think we can rest assured these two will be making more than just the “All Hair Team”.
This is going to be a huge week for the Cougs and I expect Lucas and Huddy to chime in with their takes on how our class is shaping up as we approach signing day on Wednesday. For the sake of accuracy and in-depth analysis, they may even employ the Bridgeport Pumped-o-Meter ™ in their assessments. In the meantime enjoy the whirlwind of rumors, speculation, and tweetpocolypse that is going to take over our lives for a couple days.
Now I didn’t want to do it, but I’ve got to talk about hoops. Sorry, but it has to be done so do what’s right and…
I am going to start off by telling you all something you already know; Arizona State is a terrible basketball team. You will hear people make excuses about how hard it is to win on the road in the Pac-12, but the truth is that it is not hard to win at Arizona State. Everybody does it. Except, of course, us. The Cougs went on the road this weekend where they failed to even compete with an Arizona team that they really have no prayer of beating at on the road anyway, then parlayed that momentum into a mind boggling loss at gawd-awful Arizona State. As an eye witness to one of this seasons previous boondoggles, the loss at Utah, I am not surprised at all. Does anyone else get the sense that this team which is frighteningly short on accomplishments, actually got a little big headed after their recent home triumph over the Bay schools? Since the Cal and Stanford games were not on TV I can only conclude that what really happened is those two teams played awful and gifted us the wins. There is just no way the guys I saw in Salt Lake and then in Tempe yesterday can beat anyone with a pulse. No way.
Lucky for Amieable and I we live in town that offers an alternative basketball experience so we made our first trip “The Spectrum” for some USU Aggie basketball against WAC doormat San Jose State. The Aggies know just what to do with conference doormats… YOU BEAT THEM, duh. And when the Aggies won we got to witness the Winning Team Chant in all its glory:
Awwwww, that felt better.
Am I the only one that thinks Lawler is going to be more trouble than he's worth? His pathetic pandering on Twitter really shows me that he could give two shits about the team and everything is about himself.
I really don't want to even talk about the "basketball" team as I have really had enough of them. But, without Aden, as frustrating as he is most of the time, this team is doomed. There are too many non-scorers playing, often times together, in Capers, Enquist, Lodwick, and Reggie Moore. I'm not sure why Moore decided he only wants to pass and no longer shoot or drive the lane, but he is hurting more than he is helping. The loss of Ladd doesn't help either. I am ready for something else, but I guess we will just have to wait until next year and see how it goes with the new class. The non-scorers are pretty much all the seniors, so we shall see how it goes with all "Bone" guys. Not surpised Capers is unhappy, he came to play defense, and they don't do that anymore.
@Ambush184Here is the link to his comments. I can't believe I am linking to a Caples' story!
I read Capers comments, sounds like there may be a bit of friction in the locker room. If I played for Ken Bone, I'd probably be upset too.
Looks like we just lost one of our DB commits:
Sutra is not going to like that.
@Longball I blame myself as well as TimbukCoug.
At this point, we need some guys to de-commit since we have pledges from about 30,000 kids. I'm still looking for a corner and a DT that can help right away. Hear that Coach Leach?
@Longball Someone was a little sensitive about his POM score. Sorry, everybody.
@Huddy People definitely underestimate your influence on recruiting.
Even though this player de-committed from WSU, i say more power to Norm Chow, and I can perfectly understand why a player from Hawaii would want to stay there. I agree that this opportunity for Chow is a long time coming, and , selfishly I'm glad we won't have to face him in the Pac12 anymore.
I don't think anyone will be doing cartwheels over Robert Barber, but Destiny seems like a pretty good pick up. Picking up Lawler and Dozier would make my hump day 100 times better, and might actually raise us out of the Pac-12 recruiting cellar.
@TruCoug89 Getting BOTH Lawler and Dozier wouldn't just move the needle, it would be about a 6.9 on the Richter scale.
I'd be thrilled with one of them.
@UWJasonUW@TruCoug89 Its crazy, but right now we have about 5 WR's at both the inside and outside WR positions. Leach has a history of using a WR rotation in the teens. Not only are we loading up on WR, but some of them are going to play this year. I would even suspect that Mansel Simmons may move from tight end to a huge outside receiver.
ASU had 6 schollie guys btw as Lockett (their 7th schollie and best player) was still hurt.
It is interesting that people are not more riled up about Capers comments after the game about not being allowed to play man D. There is more going on in this locker room and our main man CC ain't pickin it up. If clean cut Capers is now chirping, we got issues!!
As far as the twins from Samoa. I know the more sought after committed first, but it doesn't mean the coaches didn't offer both to get the more talented one. The reality is that if there is a guy who can be a ST and serviceable back up and you have a guy who is a sure fire starter and they are friends/same school, etc., it is okay to waste a schollie on a non-starter.
There is just so much more than goes into recruiting than evaluating talent. It is a mind chess game to get players to commit. We could be purposefully offering 2 schollies this yr to establish a relationship because there is a Jr that is awesome. I don't know, that is why you wish you could be in the backroom on some of these discussions.
@ptowncoug3012 This is spot on. We have been known to go into high schools and offer half a team when there is a single player who we think is the real difference maker in the bunch. Having an athletic 300 lb guy on the roster is a small price to pay for getting Destiny.
I had not read Capers' comments since I had to put myself on WSU basketball black out to preserve my sanity. I am even ignoring their tweets because frankly, they make it seem like they don't even care they just humiliated themselves AND i don't need to know every damn new item at McDonalds. But yeah, that team is just a mess from the neck up. I really think the whole Moore winning out over Thames situation taught us everything we needed to know about where this team was heading.
I don't want to spoil any Pumped-O-Meter scores for Vaeao and Barber, but let's just say I've been aspiring for years to have a Samoan best friend. I like these guys' chances. Signing Day on a Hump Day...It's almost too much.
The difference between last week and the week prior: Faisel Aden, the man that many in the Blog-O-Sphere decided to hate on for 10 weeks, went from National Player of the Week to M-I-A with a knee injury.
I noted after the Gonzaga game that while Fades may drive people nuts, we were going to need to him to win games. And while he certainly can help us lose em from time to time with wild shots and turnovers, we saw last weekend that without him, we do that anyway.
Hopefully, he'll get back this week. I'd really like to see us beat UCLA...
@Sutra Yeah with a starting lineup that includes a couple guys who pose no offensive threat you have to have a pure scorer to inject in the lineup frequently. But you also have to defend the perimeter and rebound and not turn the ball over, etc, etc. etc.