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CougZone was founded in August 1997. After the demise of The Coug Magazine, CougZone founder, Patrick Pearce, soon came to realize there was no real source of information available on Washington State football recruiting. The internet was just beginning to explode as a source of information, so Pat went online to try to find information on Cougar football and recruiting. At the time, there were a handful of unofficial sites online that included recruiting information, but none focused on Washington State. Pat didn't like the fact that WSU lacked the same kind of unofficial internet presence - it seemed to reflect poorly on fan interest and WSU. Pat also didn't like the fact that there wasn't anywhere to track Cougar recruiting. The result was the first incarnation of CougZone. Started on an AOL personal site (a remnant remains at http://members.aol.com/gobigcougs/gocougs.htm), CougZone was born. The site grew rapidly as fans found the site and a home to talk about Cougar sports. Tony Duarte, a veteran journalist and one of the primary writers for the defunct Coug Magazine approached Pat in fall of 1998 about contributing articles for the site. Having read Tony's pieces for years in The Coug Magazine, the Pacific Northwest Inlander, and other publications, Pat was definitely excited. The current partnership that is CougZone was formed and Tony's features such as The Cougar Lounge and The Big Cat Speaks have become CougZone institutions. The site has continued to grow and has undergone several design changes. Our most recent big change came in December 2002 when CougZone joined the Rivals.com network.

CougZone has enjoyed grass roots supports from readers and we love hearing from you. We at CougZone have found that for purposes of recruiting and other Cougar sports news, sometimes the best news comes directly from you, the reader. If you've got some news on a recruiting prospect, some information to pass along, or you just want to drop us a line, feel free to contact us at gobigcougs@msn.com. We're also always on the lookout for contributing writers or folks to help cover recruiting, volleyball, baseball, and other Cougar sports. If you're interested, let us know.

Pat Pearce is a sole practicing attorney in Seattle, Washington. His practice emphasizes civil questions such as property disputes, contracts, and providing business counsel. Pat has a special emphasis on employment law questions. Being a sole practitioner, Pat is certainly happy to receive referrals and new business - hey, a guy's gotta make a living. If you've got a referral or a legal question, feel free to contact Pat at pspearce@msn.com.

Tony Duarte has been a sportswriting machine since as long as he can remember, but mostly for 17 years [he thinks]. During that time, he has covered all levels of athletics - recreational, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional - including WSU and the Pac-10 for a variety of publishing companies. Tony has yet to meet a swordfish taco with peach-mango salsa that he doesn't like. You can drop Tony a line at tonyduarte@bigplanet.com.

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