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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Washington State outscoring opponents 52-0, outgaining them 462-92 in 4th quarter

If football games ended after three quarters, Washington State’s record would be no different than it is now. The Cougars have played well enough through the first, second and third …


USC to play first half of Washington State game without standout linebacker Porter Gustin

In the third quarter of USC’s 37-14 loss to Texas, Gustin was first flagged for a personal foul penalty after a punishing hit on Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger and later …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Mike Leach interested in roots of Eastern Washington’s red turf, but Washington State coach prefers ‘neutral’ green field

Mike Leach would like to hear the back story on why Eastern Washington colored its football field red, but the Washington State coach wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to trade …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 9:47 p.m.

Washington State coach Mike Leach talks Eastern Washington

WSU head coach Mike Leach answers questions about his next opponent, Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Washington State owns top fourth down conversion rate in FBS, but it’s come at a cost

The Cougars are proud of their FBS-leading fourth down conversion rate, which stands at 7-of-9 (77.7 percent) after games against Wyoming at San Jose State, but at the same time …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Mike Leach laments Washington State’s offensive toughness in win over San Jose State

Mike Leach’s offense is rarely characterized as pedestrian, so it’s understandable why the Washington State coach was half-irked with the Cougars’ 31-0 win over San Jose State Saturday night at …


Washington State defense limits San Jose State to fewest yards under Mike Leach

Washington State’s Air Raid offense may get most of the attention but the Cougar’s defense held San Jose State to the fewest yards of any opponent for the past 24 …


Washington State DL Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei could return for San Jose State game

Aiolupotea-Pei, a JC transfer from California’s Riverside City College, didn’t travel with the team for last week’s season opener at Wyoming because the NCAA was still processing his paperwork, Leach …


As youngster in Cody, Wyoming, Washington State’s Mike Leach had aspirations of becoming town ‘garbage man’

The town’s most coveted job was the one that eluded him – something Leach still laments this day even as the seventh-year coach of the Pac-12 Cougars is set to …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 11:07 p.m.

WSU’s bizarre trick play was a collaboration between Mike Leach, Microsoft engineer

The concept that produced the 9 most interesting yards of Saturday’s game was not devised during one of Mike Leach’s long strolls to work – often used as brainstorm sessions …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Analysis: Led by fresh faces, Washington State trounces Wyoming in season opener

The amount of confidence pollsters and prognosticators have in the 2018 Washington State Cougars was perhaps best illustrated in an early-August preseason ranking of all 129 FBS teams, courtesy of …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

41-40 Cody (3 OT). As Washington State coach Mike Leach returns home to Wyoming, one memory stands out from the rest

The 1976 Wyoming AA State high school football championship was played on a frosty Saturday in Cody, on Nov. 13, between Leach’s Cody Broncs and the Laramie Plainsmen.


Script flipped: With several key pieces gone, Washington State must rebuild to stay in Pac-12 title discussion

As offseasons go, there isn’t a college football team that experienced a more turbulent one than Washington State – and thus you won’t find a group more eager to get …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Ten reactions to Washington State’s week one depth chart against Wyoming

Washington State unveiled its week-one depth chart for Saturday’s game against Wyoming. We browse through the two-, but sometimes three- and occasionally four-deep and give you nine OR 10 reactions.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Attrition may have changed the appearance of Washington State’s defensive line, but not the mindset

This is the time of the year teams devote to establishing depth and finding concrete solutions at every spot on the depth chart. But D-line coach Jeff Phelps is dealing …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Mike Leach sets Washington State’s eight-man receiver rotation; could use as many as 11 wideouts in 2018

Since his days at Texas Tech, Leach has adhered strictly to an eight-player, two-player-per-position rotation, reasoning that it best allows a team to allocate sufficient reps to the team’s best …


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 19

WSU coach Mike Leach talks about Sunday’s practice and gives some more detail on the departure of defensive lineman Pono Lolohea.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Brandon Arconado hauls in two more TDs … and four other reactions from Washington State’s second fall scrimmage

Nearly two weeks shy of their 2018 opener at Wyoming, the Washington State Cougars returned to Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon for the second scrimmage of the preseason camp. Here are …


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 17

WSU coach Mike Leach talks about Friday’s scrimmage and how nose tackle Taylor Comfort plays well with a low center of gravity.


Observations and notes from day 12 of Washington State camp: Defense takes command late to emerge victorious in 11-on-11 period

The Washington State football team held its 12th fall practice under sunny and hazy skies Thursday at Rogers Field/Martin Staidum.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Joint practices have become staple of NFL preseason. Washington State’s Mike Leach thinks they could also bring intrigue to college game

The Washington State coach has advocated for mixed practices between college programs within the same geographical footprint – perhaps scrimmages and preseason games, too – and made his case again …


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 15

Cougars coach Mike Leach talks bad haircuts, the QB competition and what Steve Spurrier Jr. has brought to the wide receivers.


Senator questions Leach trip to Cambodia

Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Kevin Ranker has questions for WSU about Coach Mike Leach’s trip to Cambodia.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 14

WSU coach Mike Leach assesses Gardner Minshew’s play during Tuesday’s practice and talks about Calvin Jackson Jr.


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 12

WSU coach Mike Leach talks about Sunday’s practice and what he saw after watching film of Friday’s scrimmage.


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 10

Cougars coach Mike Leach evaluates the quarterbacks after Friday’s scrimmage and updates the status of Nnamdi Oguayo and Derek Moore.


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 9

Mike Leach reflects on the Cougars’ time in Lewiston and talks about what he hopes to see from the quarterbacks in Friday’s scrimmage.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Ten questions and storylines to focus on ahead of Washington State’s first fall scrimmage

As Washington State prepares for its first fall scrimmage Friday evening, we look at 10 questions/storylines the Cougars could address in their mock which is slated for an 8 p.m. …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Notes and observations from day six of Washington State preseason football camp

Temperatures finally broke triple digits at Lewiston’s Sacajawea Junior High – the count was 102 when I arrived – as Washington State battled through another steamy, hazy day of preseason …


Video: Washington State coach Mike Leach post practice Aug. 8

WSU coach Mike Leach talks about his passers after day six and reflects on other tight QB battles he’s seen through his head coaching career.