Washington State University officials should be ready to explain Aloha Bowl travel expenses when they request $900,000 for the athletic department funding next year, legislators say.

Athletic director Jim Livengood dismissed the issue Tuesday as "making mountains out of molehiills," adding that he had no problem justifying the cost of taking 258 people to Honolulu."Look, we are making the trip on $100,000 less than UCLA made it on last year," Livengood said. "There is no way we could make money on the Aloha Bowl on our budget, because of the fixed costs involved."

In only their fourth bowl game in the school's 93-year history, the 18th-ranked Cougars, 8-3, face No. 14 Houston, 9-2, in the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day.