21
Apr
11

Ch Ch Ch Changes

You said you wanted to see changes at WSUAF, you got it.

Renaming the WSUAF to the Cougar Athletic Fund was one of the recent changes Moos rolled out during Spokane Week. You think Bill reads this site and came up with the name? Me either, but I’ll keep trying to convince myself he did.  Why the name change? Fund = cash and the first goal of CAF is to raise revenue from donations.  Read the press release here and see the new and improved WSUCougars.com.

My color is Crimson, but which crimson? I don’t know about you, but my closet is full of shades of red, maroon, burgundy and crimson. It’s OK for my closet to clash but a little silly when the same ‘crimson’ rainbow was present throughout our sports teams. Now they are all the same, volleyball, hoops, football etc have the same color crimson and gray. Finally! I know I’ll be hitting the Crimson and Gray store before the home opener.

TPS reports. Anyone know their TPS ranking? Anyone know how they accrued those points? Me either. I have a general idea what my ranking was last July, but not anymore. The TPS system will be streamlined. It will reward the things that help fund the program. Season Tickets and cash donations. But you’ll have to wait to know what that means. Starting July 1 at the beginning of the new fiscal year a new TPS ranking system will be introduced.

Season ticket sales and donations. Last year we tried to get a group of people to donate season tickets. Logistics within the program was the biggest challenge to purchase tickets and donate them to charities. At the Night With Cougar football I was told changes are being made and season ticket holders will be able to donate tickets by the start of Football season. Today I found out more about the new system. Season ticket holders will be able to reissue their tickets and email them to a friend for a small fee ($2.00 was the number thrown out) or add them to a pool of tickets donated to charities. Anyone think this site caused the changes? Me either, but I’ll keep telling myself it did. What really happened? Mike Marlow,  he noticed something missing and began working on a fix.  If you are on the fence about purchasing season tickets and can’t make it to all the games, pull the trigger now and you’ll be assured any games you can’t attend can be donated to local charities.

85 dollar season tickets are on sale now, so what are you waiting for?

Phase 3 and the football only facility. Many people have been talking about the new TV contract and how it will impact Phase 3. I’ve read people saying it’s a done deal, it will be approved and ready to break ground by the end of the 2011 season. While I believe that is the case there is still plenty of work to do and I’m not talking about plans. We need to raise another 20 million is cash to get these projects off the ground. The TV revenue will help pay a large portion of the projects, but we the fans need to open our wallets. As Moos says “we have the $ to do these things, the problem is that it is in your pocket”.  

What other changes are in store for CAF? More staff, 6 new hires and 6 interns. What else? Social media updates. Don’t wait for us to blog about it check them out on Facebook or at Undefeated Fans 

I’ll be having lunch with a CAF staff member in May, so if you have a question just put it in a comment to this post. Thanks for reading and Go Cougs.

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4 Responses to “Ch Ch Ch Changes”


  1. 1 wazzu4ever
    April 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Ooh ooh ooh, I have a question Mr. Kotter.
    Ask your AF colleague why they didn’t resurrect the name “Cougar Club” for the Athletics fundraising arm? It would have been a nice homage to the old days. And, Cougar Athletic Fund seems a bit too close to this: http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=204836948.

    I know it’s a minor complaint. Otherwise, I am nearly 100% behind everything Moos & Co have done so far.

    Go Cougs!

  2. 3 Geoff
    April 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Ha I came here to comment on the Cougar Athletic Fund sounding awfully similar to the Duck Athletic Fund. Certainly not a complaint!

  3. April 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Great post. I love the idea of being able to donate tickets to local charities. The one hang up we’ve had with getting them is the inability to go to all games, and I hate asking for money from friends, but I dont like just giving them away for free, either. This way, I feel better about “losing” money, as it’s going to people that might not usually get to go. Great job by Moos and the rest of the athletic department.


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