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Washington State wide receiver Kaleb Fossum (83) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against California in Pullman, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 11:46 P.M.

Washington State receiver Kaleb Fossum will transfer to Nevada

PULLMAN – Kaleb Fossum made a name for himself as the guy who would do anything to get on the football field for the Washington State Cougars. The walk-on receiver, kick returner and kick holder showed enough in two seasons ...

Washington State head coach Mike Leach, center, and special teams coach Eric Mele speak before an NCAA college football game against Idaho in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 11:16 P.M.

Washington State overcomes late chaos to sign impressive class

In recent years college football recruits have committed to programs earlier, only to change their minds at least once before signing their letters of intent. That trend might have even reached its zenith with the 2017 signing class, that saw every Pac-12 school lose longtime commits and scramble to fill their spots.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 8:27 A.M.

WSU Signing Day HQ

OffToday is the first day members of the class of 2016 can sign letters of intent. Check back here to see who has signed with the Cougars. Below are video highlights of WSU's signees and some other helpful links.   ...

Washington State linebacker Logan Tago (45) has been suspended for a second time. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017, 11:54 P.M.

WSU linebacker Logan Tago again suspended for role in summer assault

Washington State linebacker Logan Tago has been suspended by athletic director Bill Moos for the second time because of his role in an alleged incident on June 4, for which he was charged with second-degree felony robbery and fourth-degree misdemeanor assault.

Former Washington State football player Jeremiah Allison, who plans on attending law school in the near future, poses in front of the Washington state Supreme Court building. (Jacob Thorpe / The Spokesman-Review)

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017

Mr. Allison goes to Olympia

Former Washington State football player Jeremiah Allison has designs on law school in the near future. But for now he’s passing the time serving in the Washington State legislature as a session aide to Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R–Spokane).

FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 11:01 P.M.

Cougars hire Jeff Phelps to coach defensive line

Let’s just say Jeff Phelps’ audition tape was both impressive and familiar. Phelps was introduced on Friday night as the new defensive line coach at Washington State. He formerly held the same position at Minnesota, which recently beat the Cougars 17-12 in the Holiday Bowl.

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) throws against Cal during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, Nov 12, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 9:40 P.M.

WSU football to open 2017 with five straight home games

PULLMAN – Washington State fans better block out the month of September in 2017 – every weekend will involve a trip to Martin Stadium. The Cougars open the 2017 schedule with five consecutive home games, and will then play all ...

New Washington State wide receiver coach Derek Sage. (Jacob Thorpe / The Spokesman-Review)

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 11:44 P.M.

Derek Sage’s constant recruiting finally lands him coaching job at Washington State

The stereotype about young assistant coaches in college football is that they are ace recruiters, hired despite their lack of experience because of their ability to form connections with high school prospects. Derek Sage – the new inside receivers coach at Washington State – proves the rule, although his biggest recruits were not football players at all. They were wives.

Jacob Thorpe (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 6:54 P.M.

Jacob Thorpe: My favorite stories of 2016

There are few few institutions more defined by their diversity than a college athletic department. Washington State fans saw players excel on the athletic fields in 2016, but it was my pleasure to let readers know that the Cougars were composed of young adults who overcame cancer, dealt with discrimination on-campus, hunted rabbits with their hand and much more.

In this Aug. 6, 2014 file photo, WSU defensive line coach Joe Salave’a congratulates Kache Palacio after a play during fall football camp in Lewiston. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 3:54 P.M.

Oregon paid big bucks to get Joe Salave’a from WSU

Poaching assistant football coach Joe Salave’a from Washington State was a splurge, even by nouveau riche Oregon’s standards. According to a report by The Oregonian, the Ducks will pay Salave’a $550,000 each year of a three-year deal to get Salave’a ...

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk will return for his senior season. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 10:52 P.M.

John Blanchette: Luke Falk’s decision to return will allow Cougars to take big shot next season

You can think of it two ways: Luke Falk went through his reads, weighed the high risk/high reward options and checked down to something more prudent – coming back to play his senior year at Washington State University. The safety-valve pass to the running back of career decisions. Or he’s airing it out downfield, looking for the game-changer both for him and the Cougars program. You know, letting it rip – the way coach Mike Leach lamented Falk and his teammates didn’t do in their last public appearance two weeks ago.

WSU quarterback Luke Falk (4) during the first half of the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 10:51 P.M.

Luke Falk will return to WSU for his senior season

Washington State’s chances of winning eight or more football games for the third consecutive season next year improved immeasurably on Wednesday morning, as quarterback Luke Falk announced he would return for his senior season.

Washington State defensive line coach Joe Salave’a created a recruiting pipeline between WSU and American Samoa. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 10:49 P.M.

WSU defensive line coach Joe Salave’a likely leaving for Oregon

There may still be some dollars to negotiate and HR paperwork to fill out, but with every passing day it appears more likely that Joe Salave’a is leaving Washington State to become the defensive line coach at Oregon under new coach Willie Taggart.

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