"The 1915-1916 WSC football team was the first West Coast team to go undefeated and win a Rose Bowl and a National Championship," said Baumgartner, R-Spokane, "giving Washington State the oldest winning tradition on the West Coast."
Baumgartner added that the national anticipation for the 1916 Tournament of Roses championship game helped cement America's long-standing devotion to college football and put an end to previously-celebrated Tournament of Roses events in Pasadena such as ostrich races, polo matches and chariot races. Hollywood eventually made a movie about Cougar Quarterback Thomas Arthur "Bull" Durham, who also served the country in the United States Navy.
"It was great to have Coach Leach here today speaking to the Senate to help celebrate great cougar tradition. Go Cougs!" added Baumgartner.
Baumgartner graduated from WSU in 1999 with a degree in economics. While at WSU he was named a Foley Scholar and a Stephenson Scholar.