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January 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Ken Bone to WSU fans: “Let’s keep things classy”

The Daily Evergreen, Washington State’s student newspaper, published an open letter from men’s basketball coach Ken Bone to Cougars fans urging them to fill the Friel Court stands and display “class and dignity” 7 p.m. Sunday when No. 18 Washington travels to Pullman.
Bone wrote: “Let’s keep things classy and turn up the noise this weekend and send the Huskies whimpering back to the West side. Be a Coug; come out and show your spirit, and be a good sport always! Cougar Pride is on the line this weekend, hope to see you there!”
The inter-state rivalry has a tendency to get heated and the student sections at both schools can be clever and sometimes go over the line with their chants, jeers and signs.
Here’s a transcript of Bone’s letter:

Students, First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their fanatical support of our Cougar men’s basketball team this season. The Palouse is home to some of the best fans in the country; ZZU CRU and the students of Washington State University have helped transform Beasley Coliseum into the most hostile environment in the conference. It is truly an awe-inspiring place to play, and for that the students and fans are to be applauded.
This Sunday we take on the no. 17 Washington Huskies. My hope is that our amazing fans will come out in full force and fill Beasley to capacity. This game is huge, and our fans are a key component to our success.
Scream, cheer and chant until you are hoarse, paint your bodies and come prepared to let the Huskies know whose house they are in. Every possession, every loose ball, at every time out, the players need to hear your voice. Enthusiastic and ecstatic fans control the momentum of a game. Let us show the Huskies what being a Cougar is all about.
Every Coug knows what Cougar Pride is. Part of Cougar Pride is sportsmanship. In the words of Cougar broadcast legend Bob Robertson, “Always be a good sport, be a good sport always.” This weekend, let’s take on the Huskies and show them Cougar basketball is a force to be reckoned with, but let us do that with the class and dignity associated with the meaning of Cougar Pride. Signs, shirts and other paraphernalia deemed unsportsmanlike by WSU Athletics staff will not be permitted. I hope you will choose to support me in this display of Cougar Pride. Put your efforts toward cheering on the Cougs and Sunday is sure to be a success.
Once again, thank you for your enthusiasm and support this season. We need each and every one of you on Sunday. Let’s keep things classy and turn up the noise this weekend and send the Huskies whimpering back to the West side. Be a Coug; come out and show your spirit, and be a good sport always! Cougar Pride is on the line this weekend, hope to see you there!
Thanks for being such great fans and Go Cougs!
Head Coach Ken Bone

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