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Injured WSU wide receiver River Cracraft and cornerback Marcellus Pippins enter the San Diego Zoo for a a tour with teammates before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at The San Diego Zoo in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

Cougs visit the San Diego Zoo

For locals who chose to spend their Christmas Day at the San Diego zoo, the sight of exotic animals paled in comparison to the spectacle of watching the Washington State football players explore.

WSU players tour the USS America before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 9:35 P.M.

Cougars and Gophers tour USS America

The setting recalled the 1970 Academy Award winning film “Patton,” although the man in front of the massive American flag backdrop was a football coach, not a general, and his audience was composed not of infantrymen but football players and sailors.

Washington State’s Sammy Moore puts on a few last moves during his 51-yard punt return against Texas in the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 4 A.M.

Blanchette: WSU’s top 10 bowl performances

Sammy Moore, 2003 Holiday BowlHis production had dipped dramatically the last half of the season, but Moore was hell on Texas – TD receptions of 12 and 54 yards, a 51-yard punt return to set up another and 193 yards ...

WSU players tour the USS America before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016

Cougars tour USS America

Washington State coach Mike Leach and Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys each addressed the teams assembled aboard the USS America (LHA-6), before the players and coaches broke into groups to tour the aircraft carrier, which is currently based at Naval Base San Diego.

Isaac Dotson (31) runs through drills during a practice before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Friday, Dec 23, 2016, at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif.   TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016, 8:49 P.M.

Isaac Dotson is making up for lost time

For many reasons, none of them relating to talent or desire, Isaac Dotson did not make a significant impact on the field for Washington State until his junior season. The Cougars found out what they were missing once they lost him again.

WSU players and staff take to the field during a practice before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Friday, Dec 23, 2016, at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif.   TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016

WSU Holiday Bowl practice

WSU practices before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Friday, Dec 23, 2016, at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif.

Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner scores a touchdown against Wisconsin during the first half of an NCAA college football game  Nov. 26 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Andy Manis / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016, 11:56 P.M.

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner’s successes come with turnovers

Two years ago Alex Grinch left his job as the safeties coach at Missouri to coordinate the Washington State defense, trading the South and sundresses for the Pacific Northwest rains and the chance to turn around a unit that sorely needed help forcing turnovers.

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

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 12:33 P.M.

WSU extends DL coach Joe Salave’a through 2019

In addition to coaching the defensive line, Joe Salave'a is Washington State's associate head coach and will remain so at least through June, 2019.Salave'a, who is set to make $400,000 in the upcoming season, has agreed in principle to a ...

TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016, 11:28 P.M.

Jacob Thorpe’s Pac-12 bowl picks

PULLMAN – Money has been an issue for Pac-12 schools ever since the Pac-12 Networks and other TV deals turned out to be less golden goose than lemonade stand. The supplemental income helps, sure, but many Pac-12 schools spent as ...

Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys speaks during a news conference for the upcoming Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016, 9:16 P.M.

Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys says he risked job by backing players

Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys says he knew he was risking his job last week when he expressed support for players who boycotted practices and threatened to skip a bowl game if 10 teammates who were suspended after a sexual assault investigation weren’t reinstated. Claeys says his players weren’t condoning sexual assault or harassment, but believed their suspended teammates were denied due process.

Washington State coach Mike Leach, left, calls a play from the sidelines of the Apple Cup Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 11:06 P.M.

Blanchette: Holiday Bowl is on, 100 percent

Washington State’s football coach had it pegged all along –in the end, there wasn't going to be any boycott of the Holiday Bowl by the Minnesota players his Cougars will meet on Dec. 27 in San Diego. Or at least there was no point in working up a sweat over it.

On Thursday, University of Minnesota wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, flanked by quarterback Mitch Leidner, left, and tight end Duke Anyanwu announced a threat to boycott the Holiday Bowl. On Saturday, the players reversed the threat to boycott the game. (Jeff Wheeler / Associated Press)

SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 9:07 A.M.

Minnesota football players end boycott, resume bowl against WSU

Football players at the University of Minnesota have ended their two-day protest and dropped their threat to boycott the team’s postseason bowl game over concerns about the school’s treatment of 10 suspended teammates.




Season status

Record: 8-5

Previous game:
WSU vs. Minnesota


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