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WSU defensive coordinator Mike Breske dismissed

The day after Washington State's season ended with a 31-13 Apple Cup loss, Mike Leach dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Breske and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero.

“We decided to make a change and wish them the best,” Leach said.

More on WSU's coaching change after the jump.

(Update 7:12 p.m. — I have been told that defensive line coach Joe Salave'a has been promoted to assistant head coach.)

Singleton and Ware off the WSU roster

Washington State just finished up a two-and-one-half hour practice on Rogers Field, their last in full pads before opening the season against Rutgers in Seattle. There were some roster changes today.

For starters, Dylan Hanser is now No. 43, Darryl Paulo is No. 99 and Peyton Pelluer is No. 47, so mark that down somewhere. Of more interest to you, in all likelihood, was the omission of freshmen Barry Ware and Deion Singleton from today's roster.

Singleton, a defensive back, and Ware, a receiver, never joined the team after signing letters of intent with WSU back in February. However, both were listed on the roster and coach Mike Leach said early in fall camp that he expected them to join the Cougars at some point.

Singleton is a plus athlete who could potentially have contributed at either corner or safety. Ware originally committed to UCLA and at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds has great size for a receiver. Here is what Leach had to say about each when they signed:

(Ware) “Big target, great receiver skills both physical and explosive.”

(Singleton) “Tall, rangy secondary player. Can do a lot of things and just an incredible athlete. His brother plays Arena Football there in the Tri-Cities.”

Classes start tomorrow, however, and neither has enrolled at WSU, likely prompting the removal of their names from the roster. That's not to say that they'll never play for WSU, however, just that they almost certainly won't this season. The players could greyshirt and enroll in January like Hanser, Marcellus Pippins and Nick Begg did last season. They could also go the junior college route. However, in either scenario Singleton and Ware will no longer be bound to WSU by their letter of intent, opening the door for other schools to recruit them.

Leach said after practice that he was unsure if he could comment on their absence, but “we're only worried about the guys that are here.”

Follow the jump for a report from today's practice.

Cougar Calls highlights

From Pullman — Washington State athletic director Bill Moos joined Bud Nameck on KXLY 920 for Cougar Calls this morning and it was a pretty eventful show. Spring football starts on Thursday for WSU so the duo hosted both defensive coordinator Mike Breske and head football coach Mike Leach.

Highlights from those interviews, as well as some information from Moos regarding his search for a new basketball coach, are after the jump.

WSU football Sunday night practice

From Pullman — The big news out of practice tonight was the participation of freshman defensive lineman Emmitt Su'a-Kalio, who was arrested last week (scroll down after clicking the link for the story on Su'a-Kalio). The team is handling the matter internally, but apprently won't — or at least hasn't yet — suspended the freshman from team activities. 

Freshman cornerback Daquawn Brown was very active, deflecting two passes and intercepting another in the 50-minute practice. Nolan Washington ran with the second unit at cornerback, after practicing with the starters last week.

After practice we spoke with defensive coordinator Mike Breske, whose group gave up 585 yards but just 20 offensive points. Some highlights of that interview are after the jump.

Breske talks Idaho, Stanford after practice


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State practiced under an occasional drizzle on Tuesday afternoon. It was a typical workout, though we do have a few notes and a conversation wtih defensive coordinator Mike Breske to pass along.

Breske on Idaho: ‘They’ve got my attention’


FROM PULLMAN — Washington State was back at it on Sunday night, getting in their brief practice before thunder, lightning and rain descended upon the Palouse. We beat the elements back to the homestead, and have the following notes to pass along.

Mike Breske mic’d up


FROM PULLMAN — Meant to post this yesterday, but here's a video from WSU Athletics with defensive coordinator Mike Breske mic'd up during one of WSU's spring practices.

Sunday nights are for PKs


FROM PULLMAN — After practicing for about an hour or so on Sunday night, Washington State naturally brought in a soccer goalpost and held a penalty-kick competition. Read on.

A lighter Sunday for WSU


FROM PULLMAN — Calling Sunday's practice “light” is only a description of the activity. The competition was just as fierce, but not in a way that you might assume. Read on.

Cougs bounce back with brief, spirited practice


FROM PULLMAN — There is no rest for the weary, or for Washington State, which might have fit that description last night in Provo. But Friday? The Cougars seemed relatively upbeat in their brief, evening practice tonight. Read on for some more notes.

A chat with Mike Breske


FROM CORVALLIS — We're in Oregon for the basketball games this weekend, but wanted to pass along a partial transcript of our conversation with defensive coordinator Mike Breske last week. Read on.

Salary details for WSU football assistants


FROM PULLMAN — We've obtained a list of base salary figures for the WSU assistant football coaches. A story on this topic will appear in Tuesday's paper, and we'll link that when it's available. But for now, here's a list of the salaries. Read on.

Mike Breske is Cougars’ next defensive coordinator


FROM PULLMAN — A quick post to pass along our story on Mike Breske, the Cougars' new defensive coordinator. Read on.

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