The Men Who’ve Worked Both Sides of the Apple Cup

Bob Gregory, as much as anyone, knows the difference between the University of Washington and Washington State.

In his words, it’s West side vs. East.

Big school vs. small.

Audi sedan vs. pickup truck.

Champagne vs. beer.

In an Apple Cup as unique as any, Gregory enters the rivalry football game on Friday at Husky Stadium having sipped from each trough, driven both modes of transportation and infiltrated each enemy camp.

While there have been Huskies who have become WSU head coaches, the personable and aw-shucks Gregory, 57, is the first Cougar-affiliated person to assume the role as UW head coach, if only temporarily. As a player, he went 1-2 in the Apple Cup; as a coach on the other side, he’s 6-0.

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