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Cougar fans grumble over season start

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State quarterback Alex Brink says he has heard some of the criticism leveled at coach Bill Doba, and says he doesn't think it's fair.

The Cougars are struggling, particularly on defense, and that has many boosters grumbling. Brink says he doesn't believe that has anything to do with Doba. Brink says Doba does a good job of handling the distractions, and makes sure it doesn't filter down to the players.

The Cougars have been blown out the past two weeks, losing 47-14 to Southern Cal and 48-20 to Arizona. There is bickering in the locker room.

That has raised the prospect of a fourth consecutive season without a bowl game, and the defensive collapse is on Doba's doorstep because he also doubles as defensive coordinator.

Asked Tuesday if this is his toughest stretch in his stint as head coach, which began in 2003, Doba says: "I think it probably is."

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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