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.
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.
Sports columnist John Blanchette selects Washington State’s top 10 individual performances in bowl games.
As the source of the story was the late Carl “Tuffy” Ellingsen, there’s no possible way it could be apocryphal, so we’re taking it on an open-field run.
Sports columnist John Blanchette runs down Washington State’s bowl performances from best to worst.
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.
In the sporting world, we finally have a litmus test you can use to test your friends and figure out whether or not you belong to the same tribe. Just ask them what they thought of Minnesota’s football season.
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.
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’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.