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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Washington State’s Mike Leach, Gardner Minshew share affinity for late movie star Burt Reynolds

Gardner Minshew and Burt Reynolds do share a mustache and Leach paid tribute to the American TV/movie star on Twitter Sunday night, sharing a video from an ESPN postgame interview …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Washington State’s Leach insists defensive plan is part of what made Tate dangerous in 2017 game

Washington State’s defensive backs may still be inhaling the dust Khalil Tate left behind in a football game-turned-track meet between the Cougars and Arizona Wildcats last October in the Tucson …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Controlling the clock was key for Washington State in 24-point rout of Colorado

The best offense is a good defense. The best defense is a good offense. It’s been a little bit of both for No. 8 Washington State this football season.


Who is Max Borghi? Washington State running back returns to state where he fell in love with football

If Max Borghi told you he was a third- or fourth-generation running back, you’d have no choice but to believe it – and yet it wouldn’t be any further from …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Mike Leach says WSU rookie Abraham Lucas is ‘one of the best offensive linemen’ in Pac-12

Lucas is anchoring the right edge of an offensive line that’s allowed just seven sacks in nine games – best in the Pac-12 and tied for fifth-best in the country.


When ball didn’t bounce Washington State’s way, Cougars stayed resilient in win over Cal

For No. 10 Washington State, Saturday night’s 19-13 win over California was all about weathering a storm. Multiple storms, actually.


Upon reflection, Washington State stayed golden thanks to sequence of big plays

The scoreboard reflected a 19-13 win for No. 10 Washington State on Saturday night. But only a couple of key plays allowed the Cougars to celebrate a win over the …


Mike Leach praises Washington State DBs for grit and toughness against Stanford’s imposing WRs

Mike Leach thought his defensive backs handled themselves well Saturday, even if they were constantly picked on by three Stanford pass-catchers who looked just as capable of forming an NBA …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Patrick Baumgartner, brother of Spokane-based politician, hatched Washington State’s ‘Big Gulp’ formation in Cambodian bar

The veil has finally been lifted off the Microsoft engineer that drew up the “Big Gulp Left” formation Mike Leach and Washington State have used multiple times this season, most …


Washington State’s Mike Leach suggests top to bottom, Pac-12 is country’s best conference

Best division in college football? The Pac-12 North has unquestionably made its case through the first seven weeks, even if it isn’t the most likely to ship somebody to the …


Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott addresses the replay controversy and Mike Leach’s text controversy at halftime of Oregon game

Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott addressed the media at halftime of the Oregon game to address the ongoing controversy over a missed targeting call in Washington State’s Sept. 21 loss …


Washington State’s Mike Leach sent text messages to Pac-12 executives voicing frustration about controversial no-call

Through a public records request, Yahoo Sports has extracted text messages from the cell phone of the WSU coach, sent to various Pac-12 executives, that underline Leach’s frustration with a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 11:19 p.m.

Midseason report card: Washington State easily earns passing grade through first six games

With a 5-1 record through six weeks of the 2018 season, the Washington State football team will work toward its fourth consecutive bowl bid – and potentially much more – …


Mike Leach recalls time he fooled Texas with fake call sheet during 1999 Red River Shootout

The Washington State coach and former Oklahoma offensive coordinator rehashed the tale Monday during his weekly news conference, six days ahead of the 113th meeting between the rival Sooners and …


Washington State WR, Spokane native Rodrick Fisher could benefit from new redshirt rule

Rodrick Fisher has already played in four games for Washington State as a true freshman this season, but if the Cougars can stay healthy at the outside receiver position, there’s …


Washington State’s Mike Leach riffs on offensive balance after Cougars beat Utes rushing for zero yards

He isn’t sure how or where the concept originated, but Mike Leach believes there’s a skewed perception of offensive balance and it’s a subject the Washington State coach comes across …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Washington State is running less than usual this year, but could Oregon State tempt Cougars to give the ground a try?

There’s no statistical evidence to suggest the Cougars will try something new, or do anything other than try to throw the cover off the football, when they travel to Oregon …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 11:29 p.m.

Washington State’s Deion Singleton has career night replacing ejected Skyler Thomas

Washington State backup safety Deion Singleton was about to have career day. But it came as a result of a rather bizarre play: a fumble review that resulted in the …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Analysis: One long pass from Gardner Minshew to Easop Winston Jr. salvages victory for Washington State

Gardner Minshew and Kyle Sweet entered the postgame press conference wearing slick aviator shades and wide grins.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Mike Leach was a Kyle Whittingham fan long before Washington State, Utah became Pac-12 rivals

In the late 1970s/early 1980s, Mike Leach was an undergraduate student at Brigham Young, a devout follower of LaVell Edwards’ football team and by virtue, a big fan of the …


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 …