Update: Washington St. flag found, crisis averted
UPDATE SEPT 25 7 P.M. EST: College GameDay tweeted ESPN has shipped its Washington State flag. It is expected to arrive in Tucson by 11:30 p.m. local time.
Here's our original Story:
The Washington State Cougars flag has made an appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay every week since Oct. 18, 2003, regardless of the location or which teams have played.
A group of Cougars fans and alumni have made sure that Ol' Crimson has flown proudly above the background of the GameDay set for the past 166 consecutive shows.
Well, that streak is now in jeopardy ahead of Saturday morning's show in Tucson, Ariz.
BREAKING: The Washington State flag is lost in transit. 166-consecutive College GameDay streak is in jeopardy. pic.twitter.com/abFOrF1ke6— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 25, 2015
Club coordinator C.J. McCoy told the Seattle Times the flag stalled in transit from Atlanta. Currently, the flag is in Mississippi and McCoy said the club is working with all its partners to get a flag to Tucson in time.
McCoy said it isn't the first time something like this has happened and the club has back-up flags just in case. ESPN has its own Washington State flag sitting at its Bristol headquarters.
“They remodeled their ESPN café and picked one school’s flag to hang to celebrate their tradition, and they picked us,” McCoy said. “We gave them the flag dedicated to Randall Johnson, the gentleman who created the Cougar head symbol. They’ve had it hanging there since June or July.”
Will the streak end? Or will Ol' Crimson be found in time to make it 167 appearances?
Guess we'll have to wait and see Saturday morning.