Shawn McWashington and Bud Nameck join Bob Robertson in the booth for Cougar games, and Jessamyn McIntyre is the new sideline reporter.
PROVO, Utah — Thursday night marked not only the Washington State debut for coach Mike Leach, but the first game for a revamped Cougars radio crew.
Back is Bob Robertson, the 83-year-old veteran who first did college football back in the 1950s. Gone is ex-WSU coach Jim Walden, who was a loquacious and opinionated figure in the booth.
Joining Robertson in the booth are Shawn McWashington, the former Fab Five receiver from the 1997 Rose Bowl team, and Bud Nameck, the Spokane broadcaster who moves from a role as a sideline reporter.
Nameck will assist Robertson and help with analysis.
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On the sideline is Jessamyn McIntyre of 710 ESPN in Seattle.
“It’s a young crew,” joked Robertson, considered one of the iconic figures in WSU sports, “except for me.”
Robertson begins his 41st consecutive year doing the Cougars, and 46th overall.
He broadcast Washington games for a brief period in the late 1960s and early ’70s.
Robertson says he figures his speaking role will be a mere 12 minutes — the composite time between each snap and the whistle that ends the play.
“I figure this will elongate my career,” he quipped before the game.
Robertson said he thinks the trickiest part of the arrangement as it announces a no-huddle offense will be dovetailing analysis while leaving enough time for him to set the alignment for the next play.
Meanwhile, McIntyre took the advice of Leach, who in a May interview on 710 ESPN in Seattle was asked if he had advice for her in the role.
“My suggestion is, don’t wear high heels,” he said then. “Sometimes, they’ll (female sideline reporters) go too fashionable. I’ve had some fun over the years making them run a little bit and watching those high heels sink into the ground.”
McIntyre heeded Leach’s counsel.
She showed off a pair of sneakers instead of heels.
interviews at UM
John Johnson, associate athletic director at WSU, interviewed Wednesday for the vacant AD position at Montana, then flew to Utah on Thursday for the football game. Johnson said it was a taxing day in Missoula that began at 6:30 a.m. and didn’t end until he reached his motel room at 10 p.m.
Johnson has been an AD at two other posts in the Big Sky Conference — Eastern Washington and Weber State. Other finalists for the position include Kent Haslam, an associate AD with the Montana foundation; Chris King, AD at Texas-Pan American, and Carl Clapp, an associate AD at Hawaii.
Montana was hit early in the spring by a scandal over allegations that it failed to respond properly to allegations of sexual assault. The school fired athletic director Jim O’Day and football coach Robin Pflugrad, a former assistant at WSU.