COUG HOOPS is a blog dedicated to covering all things WSU basketball (although we’ll through in some national stuff as well). This won’t be your typical fan site, flush with rip jobs; rather, we aim to bring — and encourage — the kind of smart, thoughtful analysis about Cougar basketball you won’t find anywhere else.

Questions, comments, or suggestions? Reach the authors here.


Jeff Nusser — Nuss is a freelance journalist who has lived his entire life in the state of Washington following its respective sports teams, but his most passionate love is the Washington State University Cougars, given the bachelor of arts degree he earned there in 1999. He worked for The Daily Evergreen for two and half years and was editor in chief in fall of 1997 — which just so happened to coincide with the Cougars’ first Pac-10 football championship and Rose Bowl appearance in 67 years.

That means he also was there the last time WSU basketball was any good, watching Mark Hendrickson, Donminic Ellison, Shammond Antrum, Isaac Fontaine and Tavaras Mack advance to the NIT. He’s been following the team ever since, even against all odds as bad coaches and inadequate players ran the program into the ground.

He previously has worked for The (Tacoma) News Tribune and CBS Sportsline.com, and his freelance sports work has appeared in many places, including Lindy’s sports annuals and Horizon Air Magazine. He has been a high school journalism and English teacher for the past four years in the Puyallup, Wash., area and is now in a similar role in Wenatchee, Wash.

He now spends the bulk of his time hanging out with his beautiful wife and raising the next great Cougar basketball player, Joshua.


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