EbeneInfo – GB – Analysis: Making sense of the list attrition in Washington state that led to Saturday’s cancellation


Two weeks ago, Washington State coach Nick Rolovich was still reveling in his first victory as Pac-12 football coach when he stepped up to the Virtual Zoom podium at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, approximately 20 minutes after the Cougars’ 38-28 win over Oregon State

« It means a lot to know how much it meant to these kids tonight, » Rolovich said moved. “What they’ve been through since March, what we’ve been through with the guys who need to step up, they deserve that feeling… If (the fans) knew the whole story of what these guys went through and who had to step in, change and play, and the changes that have occurred

Rolovich didn’t give many details on what the team had been through, but minutes later he informed reporters – without an invitation – that the Cougars had 32 players unavailable for the season opener. Not three Not two Thirty two

In doing so, Rolovich, albeit unintentionally, introduced a storyline that hasn’t faded away for the past two weeks, and which resurfaced in a major way on Friday afternoon when it was announced that the game from WSU to Stanford would be a no-contest, with the Cougars unable to meet the Pac-12-mandated threshold of 53 fellows, in part due to the fact that nine players are in COVID-19 protocol

The Cougars have never got on a bus, never boarded a plane, and never been close to playing Saturday’s game at Stanford Stadium, where WSU is said to have sought their fifth straight win over the Cardinal WSU to prepare for next week’s rivalry match against Washington This too may be at stake if the Cougars cannot reach the magic number of 53 by 7:30 p.m. Friday

Next, WSU Sports Director Pat Chun received from Chief Medical Officer Sunday Henry that four additional Cougars had tested positive for COVID-19 or were close contact from someone who had. , which means nine football players would be in protocol Reportedly, they had been cleared before Friday’s results arrived, so the Cougars must have come terribly close to the threshold, with at least 52 and not less than 49 players available

Some might be thinking: Even with nine players absent, the math still doesn’t add up Football subdivision teams receive 85 scholarships and with nine players in COVID-19 protocol, the Cougars would still have 76 scholarship recipients eligible – 23 more than would have been necessary to play at Stanford But the attrition of the WSU squad is much deeper than that

« Due to a myriad of circumstances – injuries, COVID protocols, opt-outs and transfers – we entered this week with an exhausted list, » Chun said on Friday.

How did WSU fall below the 53 player threshold? Granted, without a detailed breakdown from a member of the program, it’s hard to get the full answer, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to organize some of the pieces of the puzzle to better understand why Chun had to. making a tough call on Pac-12 on Friday, and why the Cougars may be in a tough position to move forward

• Starting with the nine COVID-19 protocol players: five registered earlier this week and four more registered Friday As the spokesperson reported on Thursday, at least one of the top five, the starting quarterback Laura’s Jayden, has tested positive for the virus Sticking to school policy, Chun refused to break down the other eight – for example, how many tested positive vs. how many were placed in the contact tracing protocol

• Then it is known that seven other scholars who were supposed to be part of the team this fall have entered the transfer portal or have already found their way to another school This list includes: WR Tay Martin, DB Skyler Thomas, WR Kassidy Woods, WR Mike Pettway, DL Cosmas Kwete, DL Lamonte McDougle and more recently DL Will Rodgers III McDougle has since removed his name from the portal, but he has not. not added to the WSU list, so keep it on this list for now

• Chun was not free to discuss WSU deactivations, but there have been a few as well Eight players are on the WSU online roster, but not on the paper rosters that were distributed to the Reser Stadium and Martin Stadium It’s unclear what the situation is for the Eight, but somehow they won’t be part of the Cougars equation this fall These are: WR Brandon Gray, DB Pat Nunn, RB Cole Dubots, OL Syr Riley, DB Phillip Powell, DL Marquise Freeman, DB Justin Anderson and DL Nicholas Sheetz

• Anyone who has paid attention knows that injuries affected WSU’s depth chart Even those who didn’t pay attention likely know running back Max Borghi Five members from both depths didn’t dress for the game. Oregon Rolovich, like its predecessor Mike Leach, refrains from talking about injuries, so the five may not fall under the “injury” category. It is also possible that the group has become smaller or larger in the past. Over the past five days These are the five who didn’t dress up on Saturday: Borghi, WR Calvin Jackson Jr, DL Willie Taylor III, S Chad Davis Jr and CB Derrick Langford

If the Cougars have 29 fewer players – pretty much that, at least – and entered the season with 85 stock players on the roster, they would have 56 available. That doesn’t quite go up to the total needed, but it does offer a more complete picture of why WSU couldn’t make it to Northern California on Friday, and explains how the Cougars had nearly three dozen players. unavailable for the opening of the season A few days after the OSU game, Cougfancom reported that player suspensions were factored into the shortage as well, although it is not clear to what extent

Between transfers and opt-outs, the Cougars will lose 15 stock players the rest of the time, putting them in a deficit unless they crank up a few steps

It’s not as bad as the situation Leach faces in the state of Mississippi, where the former WSU coach has seen 18 players walk since January

Chun said on Sunday he would have a better idea of ​​the WSU’s ability to play in the Apple Cup with a minimum 10-day isolation period required for those who tested positive for COVID-19 and a 14-day quarantine for those who have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, none of the four players placed in the COVID-19 protocol will be available for the Apple Cup, although it is optional for Saturday or Sunday

(An Apple Cup on Sunday seems unlikely, unless the Pac-12 are also willing to postpone the WSU game at USC the following Friday)

De Laura is part of the other group, having tested positive between Monday and Wednesday

If his positive test were before Wednesday of this week, he would hypothetically be available to play his first Apple Cup, although that wouldn’t give him much time to prepare. A positive test on Monday would give him a day of training, if the match is played on Friday, while a positive test on Tuesday means no training

If any of the top five are selected for contact tracing, rather than a positive test, they will also be unavailable for the Apple Cup with a 14-day quarantine

It is possible that the numbers game will work in favor of WSU within a week if a few of the positives turn out to be « false positives » and / or if injured players manage to recover within the next six days It might seem like wishful thinking, especially with the alternative of more tests going positive, but that’s what Cougars are clinging to for now

“I would like to say that the heart and courage of this team is not discouraged,” said Chun “The Cougars wanted to play football (Saturday) and this was evident in our discussions (Friday) with the soccer »

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