Washington State Magazine

Spring 2003

Spring 2003

In This Issue...


Philip & Neva Abelson: Pioneers on the knowledge frontier :: Philip Abelson '33 developed the process, adopted by the Manhattan Project, for separating U-235 from U-238. He went on to make significant contributions to biochemistry, chemistry, engineering physics, and other fields. Neva Abelson '34 developed the test for the Rh factor in newborns. What was once Science Hall now carries their name. by Pat Caraher

Between humor and menace: The art of Gaylen Hansen :: Gaylen Hansen paints his alter ego as he confronts giant grasshoppers and a buffalo lurking behind the bed. by Sheri Boggs

Resilient Cultures—A new understanding of the New World :: The history of European and Indian interactions is being dramatically rewritten. In a new book, a WSU historian produces an update. by John Kicza

Whirlwind tour :: On an August morning, Senator Murray '72 visits Dayton to hear its concerns. by Treva Lind

Homage to a difficult land: An African scientist returns home :: Beset by a relentless drought, the Sahel seems in unstoppable ecological decline. But Oumar Badini will not give up. There must be some way to help Mali farmers reclaim the land. Story and photos by Peter Chilson

Field Notes

Halloween in Iraq :: A traveler explores rumors of genuine "evildoers." by Nathan Mauger




Cover: A young fan gets his autograph from quarterback Jason Gesser. Read story. Photo by Shelly Hanks.

Bill Doba. By Robert Hubner

Bill Doba. Robert Hubner

Patient Doba pays his dues, realizes his dream

by | © Washington State University

Washington State didn't need to conduct a national search for a new head football coach when Mike Price resigned December 17. His successor was already on campus. He was familiar with WSU, Pullman, and the Pac-10.

Bill Doba, defensive coordinator at WSU since 1994, was introduced less than 24 hours after Price announced he had taken the top football coaching job at University of Alabama. Doba waited 41 years for his day to come.

"I could have gone to my grave and not missed a thing about my coaching experience, but this really is a coach's dream," Doba, 62, said at a campus media conference.

Athletic director Jim Sterk ticked off the attributes that weighed heavily in Doba's hiring-his loyalty, dedication to coaching, knowledge of football, and how the Cougars "play heart and soul for Coach Doba."

Doba was the architect of WSU's famed "Palouse Posse," second-best defensive team in the country in 1994. During the 2002 season, WSU limited Pac-10 opponents to only 59.4 yards per game rushing.

The South Bend, Indiana, native coached high school football for 12 years, then spent 15 years as an assistant at Indiana, Purdue, and The Citadel. He was the lone holdover from Price's original 1989 staff.

Now he wants to build on recent successes to take Cougar football to new heights.

He believes more games are lost on the blackboard than on the field. He doesn't ask players to do something they aren't capable of. And he doesn't play them until they are ready.

Doba's base salary is $500,000 per year. With incentives, he could earn $800,000.

He has no reservations about becoming a head coach at age 62.

"You've got to start somewhere. I just started later."

Categories: Athletics | Tags: Football

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