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Athlete Renard Bell commits to play at WSU

In the early afternoon on Thursday, Renard Bell of Cathedral HS in Las Angeles called WSU assistant Roy Manning. Read more

Kent’s efforts keep WSU from APR penalties

The first thing Ernie Kent did when he and his staff arrived at Washington State wasn’t call recruits or install his scheme. Instead, he made sure the departing players that he would never coach – D.J. Shelton, James Hunter, Royce Woolridge, Will Dilorio – got their degrees and that the remaining players were in good academic standing. The academic emphasis paid off for Kent today, as the Cougars narrowly avoided penalties in the NCAA’s just-released Academic Progress Rate (APR). The NCAA gives each team a yearly APR score out of 1,000 that measures its academic performance and retention. If a team’s average score over a four-year period dips below 930 it faces penalties, including potential postseason ineligibility. Read more

Blanchette: Connor Halliday’s reversal puzzling, but his business

For someone who seemed easily reconciled to the glorious, communal possibilities of football and the inevitable beatings it delivers to the soul – to say nothing of the body – Connor Halliday authored a stunning twist to his tale Friday. Surprise immediately turned to mystery, which it will remain unless he decides to share the thinking behind his jarring U-turn exit from the game at the age of 23. Read more

Updated: Halliday is done with football

Connor Halliday has been rehabbing since November to prepare himself for professional football, but now appears to be finished with the sport. Read more

G&T Blog matters: Chris Sarbaugh fills hole at Idaho

Look for blog items daily at sportslink. 6: Read more

EWU’s Jake Rodgers impressed Falcons with natural talent

As Jake Rodgers figures it, he’ll be playing football on Sundays because he paid attention the rest of the week. Five years ago, Rodgers was playing tight end at Shadle Park High School. Five days ago, he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons as an offensive lineman. Read more

EWU’s Jake Rodgers impressed Falcons with natural talent

As Jake Rodgers figures it, he’ll be playing football on Sundays because he paid attention the rest of the week. Read more

WSU releases post-spring depth chart

Here is what WSU’s two-deep looks like after 15 spring practices Read more

Connor Halliday signs with Washington

Connor Halliday wasn’t selected in the NFL draft but will get his shot in the pros with Washington. Read more

With pick No. 123, Mayle joins Cooper in Cleveland

So, which Browns jersey are you going to buy? The Xavier Cooper model, or the Vince Mayle edition? Read more

Morning links: And the draft goes on

Connor Halliday and Vince Mayle will find out their professional destinations today. But Xavier Cooper already knows where he’s going. Read more

Cooper drafted in third round

PULLMAN – Xavier Cooper sat at a draft party he hosted with Tacoma football royalty and angrily texted his agent. Told by his representatives and others that he would be a mid-to-late second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the third round’s end was fast approaching and defensive linemen were flying off the board, none of them him. Read more

Cleveland takes Xavier Cooper with the 96th pick

The Cleveland Browns traded up to select Washington State’s Xavier Cooper in the third round of the NFL draft. Read more

WSU spring wrap-up chat

I’ll answer any remaining questions about WSU’s spring football practices at noon. Read more

Washington State quarterbacks in charge this offseason

PULLMAN – The last gasp of organized football for the academic year is done, and soon the fans who’ve paid attention this long will let their focuses drift to annual vacations and summertime hobbies. Peyton Bender won’t have any more six-touchdown scrimmages and Luke Falk isn’t going to scramble for another touchdown until Washington State’s fall camp in August. Read more

WSU wraps up spring football

Washington State practiced for the 15th and final time this spring on Tuesday. Read more

Video: Jeremiah Allison after practice

Jeremiah Allison speaks to the media after WSU’s final spring practice. Read more

Video: Mike Leach after practice

Mike Leach speaks to the media after WSU’s final practice of spring. Read more

With Dom Williams’ help, Luke Falk asserts himself as Cougars’ No. 1 quarterback

Luke Falk and his Crimson team beat the Gray in Washington State’s annual spring scrimmage because of the quarterback’s superior decision-making and accuracy. Or maybe he just had the best target. Read more

Blanchette: Spirit of Cougars football lives on at Joe Albi Stadium

One of the simultaneously high and low moments of Washington State football history occurred at Albi Stadium some 45 years ago in the rubble of a blowout loss to Stanford. Eric Cross was steaming toward the end zone and another touchdown when a 27-year-old Vietnam vet and Wazzu business major named Terry Smith hurtled over the wall near the south end zone, squared up and lowered his right shoulder into the Stanford running back at the 1-yard line. Read more

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