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Homecoming, Oct. 13-15
Former QB Ryan Leaf returning for book signings
Monday, Oct. 3, 2011
By Darin Watkins, WSU News
PULLMAN, WA – Ryan Leaf, one of Washington State University’s most successful, and sometimes controversial, quarterbacks, has written an insider’s look at the Cougar football team’s 1998 run to the Rose Bowl.
In his book, "596 Switch," Leaf shares his behind-the-scenes journey at WSU, from his earliest days on campus to the characters of that era, cumulating with the controversial end of the Rose Bowl match-up against Michigan.
The Cougars had the ball on the 26-yard line, were out of timeouts and tried to spike the ball to stop the clock. The referees ruled the clock had expired, ending the Cougars chances of a final play and chance of an upset.
Leaf’s book draws its title from the next play the Cougars would have run, called 596 Switch.
"Those two seconds came to be two of the most controversial in bowl-game history,” said Leaf. "It seemed only fitting to tie the name of the book into something that people are still passionate about to this day, 13 years later.”
The book promises to offer some ‘behind-the-scene’ surprises, along with Leaf’s ‘insider’s perspective’ of college football in the late 1990s, addressing issues ranging from recruiting to "pay for college players.”
Leaf passed for more than 8,000 yards during his career at WSU.
Pullman based Crimson Oak Publishing, which printed the book, will donate 25 percent of the proceeds of books sold online at www.crimsonoakpublishing.com to WSU Athletics.
Leaf will be on hand to sign books in Pullman during Homecoming week, including:
- a speech at the CUB auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13
- a book signing at The Bookie from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14
- prior to the WSU vs. Stanford game, Oct. 15, in Hollingbery Field House
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* Ryan Leaf profile on wikipedia
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Contact/Source: Darin Watkins, WSU News, email@example.com , (509) 335-4456