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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Oregon-Washington State means long-anticipated reunion between Cougars, former DL coach Joe Salave’a

During a five-year stint in Pullman, Joe Salave’a brought in Hercules Mata’afa and helped mold the Cougars defense into what it is today.


UPDATED: Fri., 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.


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 …


Cougars used Oklahoma connection to land defensive end Garrett McBroom

Defensive line depth is one of football’s most elusive luxuries, and to acquire it teams have to get a little creative.


WSU extends contracts for Alex Grinch, Joe Salave’a; Leach contract rolls over

Washington State has extended the contracts of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a.


American Samoans making big impact at Washington State

Destiny Vaeao, just a teenager on a recruiting visit, walked out of the tunnel at Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium and the earth shook around him as he heard, then saw, more …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 29, 2015, 9:55 p.m.

Stanford beef gives Cougars a ton of reasons for concern

If only Washington State merely had to worry about quality when assessing the Stanford offensive line, and not quantity, as well.


Darryl Paulo’s time has come on Washington State’s defensive line

PULLMAN – Like most college athletes in the days of team-sponsored meetings, meals, study halls and bowling trips, Darryl Paulo has found that his life almost entirely revolves around the …


WSU football: Darryl Paulo’s time has come on Cougs’ D-line

PULLMAN – Like most college athletes in the days of team-sponsored meetings, meals, study halls and bowling trips, Darryl Paulo has found that his life almost entirely revolves around the …


Depth on defensive line gives Cougars plenty of options

PULLMAN – The varying strengths of Washington State’s defensive linemen mean that assistant coach Joe Salave’a can turn each defensive series into a game of chess. The other team has …


Depth on defensive line gives Cougars plenty of options

The varying strengths of Washington State’s defensive linemen mean that assistant coach Joe Salave’a can turn each defensive series into a game of chess.


WSU defensive line: Strength via depth

LEWISTON – When Kalafitoni Pole and Xavier Cooper were around, it was certainly possible to win a football game against Washington State by running the ball. But those two defensive …


WSU defensive line: Strength in numbers

When Kalafitoni Pole and Xavier Cooper were around, it was certainly possible to win a football game against Washington State by running the ball. But those two defensive linemen didn’t …


For WSU football, Thursdays feature coming attractions

PULLMAN – The largest – and some say the strongest – player on Washington State’s defense has not played a snap in a game this season, nor will he. At …


Cougars’ ‘Thursday Night Football’ for up-and-coming players

The largest – and some say the strongest – player on Washington State’s defense has not played a snap in a game this season, nor will he.


WSU notes: Cougs revisit fundamentals during bye week

PULLMAN – The Cougars are resting their bodies during the bye week, but only when the coaches are off recruiting. After playing seven consecutive football games to open the season, …


WSU notes: Cougs revisit fundamentals during bye week

The Cougars are resting their bodies during the bye week, but only when the coaches are off recruiting.


Xavier Cooper makes the grade with Cougars

PULLMAN – Because he was a year older than Xavier Cooper and the younger brother of a hometown NFL star, Desmond Trufant received most of the attention during his career …


WSU’s Gauta provides extra boost on defensive line

PULLMAN – First, the pronunciation should be clarified. Ioane Gauta has heard so many inaccurate renditions of his first and last names that he’s instructed folks to just call him …


Cougars’ D-line focuses on getting physical

This is the fourth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2012 football team. Today: defensive line. Saturday: linebackers.


WSU line coach Salave’a has come long way

PULLMAN – The van cruised down Interstate 5 toward San Diego. And toward the unknown for Joe Salave’a, a ninth-grader at the time, who was still trying to grasp just …