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Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach congratulates Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys after WSU lost the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27, 2016, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Claeys was fired on Tuesday. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 4:23 p.m.

Minnesota fires coach Tracy Claeys

Minnesota fired coach Tracy Claeys on Tuesday, just over two weeks after the football program became embroiled in a standoff with the administration over the suspension of 10 players in connection with allegations of sexual assault, the school announced.

UCLA guard Lonzo Ball celebrates after scoring as Western Michigan guard Bryce Moore watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. UCLA won 82-68. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) ORG XMIT: CACC112 (Chris Carlson / AP)

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 3:14 p.m.

Old is new in Pac-12 men’s hoops

One year after emerging Oregon officially proclaimed itself a basketball power with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Pac-12 conference's traditional powers have regained control of the conference.

WSU quarterback Luke Falk (4) gets a talk from head coach Mike Leach during the second half of the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 9:54 p.m.

Leach wonders whether or not Cougars took Gophers seriously

During a tense, emotional postgame press conference – they always are when a team loses its final game – Washington State coach acknowledged that the outside noise might have gotten through and led his players astray.

Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky (82) is brought down by WSU during the second half of the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 9:15 p.m.

Key moments in WSU’s 17-12 defeat to Minnesota in Holiday Bowl

Field position jump starts Golden GophersThe Minnesota offense could not put together a scoring drive against the Washington State defense early on, going three-and-out on its first drive and failing to cross midfield in three attempts. But the Minnesota defense ...

Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) runs the ball against Washington State during the first half of the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 7:58 p.m.

Minnesota outplays WSU, wins Holiday Bowl 17-12

And to think Minnesota was the team that some folks worried would not show up for the Holiday Bowl. The Washington State Cougars were present, but played like they were the ones boycotting, declining to muster even an anemic offense until the final, unimpactful seconds of their 17-12 loss in the Holiday Bowl.

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk runs the ball against Minnesota during the first half of the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 7:50 p.m.

Minnesota 17, WSU 12: How they scored

First quarterWSU 3, UM 0 FG Powell 26, 6:23 Drive: 17 plays, 76 yards, 6:33 Key plays: Sweet 12 pass from Falk; Martin 6 pass from Falk on third-and-4; Wicks 2 run on fourth-and-2 Second quarterWSU 3, UM 3 FG ...

WSU seniors Shalom Luani (18) and Robert Barber (92) mug for a photo after practice before the the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, 10:18 p.m.

Cougars and Gophers finally going to play

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – There is a certain segment of football fans who claim to love the game, but only if there is a national championship at stake. More bowl games has led to more teams, which has yielded grumbling ...

Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, 10:18 p.m.

The pick: Who will win the Holiday Bowl

Bowl games can be crazy, and nobody knows that better than Mike Leach. He's won the biggest comeback in bowl game history (2006 Insight Bowl) and lost a game in which his team led by 15 with less than three minutes to play (2013 New Mexico Bowl).

WSU quarterback Luke Falk 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 / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, 10:17 p.m.

Holiday Bowl won’t be Luke Falk’s final game at WSU, unless it is

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Conflicting statements throughout Monday leave Luke Falk’s status at Washington State beyond Tuesday’s Holiday Bowl the same as when they day began: uncertain. Falk, a redshirt junior, is likely to be selected if he chooses to ...

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is a key factor in the Golden Gophers’ offense. (Paul Battaglia / Associated Press)

Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, 10:17 p.m.

2 minute drill: Keys to the Holiday Bowl

Don’t take your eyes off … Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is a scoring machine, and if he gets in the red zone he goes back for a second scoring helping as often then not. The sophomore has 15 touchdowns so far in 2016, all of them rushing the ball, and had five multi-touchdown games. Smith also contributed 1,084 rushing yards while averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

Chris Garofola, father of WSU safety Deion Singleton holds daughter Sophia, 4, as they watch the WSU Marching Band play during a Battle Of The Bands with the Minnesota Golden Gophers band before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at The Hilton Bayfront in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, midnight

Holiday Bowl events

Fans and players attend pre-Holiday Bowl events in San Diego, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

WSU seniors Shalom Luani (18) and Robert Barber (92) mug for a photo after practice before the the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Sun., Dec. 25, 2016, 9:56 p.m.

Cougars prepare to send off their seniors

Fans of Washington State football, aware that the 2016 season is approaching its inevitable conclusion, have taken to social media to express their sadness that the college football careers of Gabe Marks and WSU’s other seniors are about to end.




Season status

Record: 8-5

Previous game:
WSU vs. Minnesota


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