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John Blanchette: Mike Leach the last man standing from his Pac-12 hiring class after Rich Rodriguez’s dismissal at Arizona

Mike Leach has been called a number of things in the week since his Washington State Cougars fainted in the Holiday Bowl.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Pac-12 roundup: Notre Dame drubs Southern Cal 49-14

Brandon Wimbush passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Josh Adams added three touchdown runs and No. 13 Notre Dame took advantage of three turnovers by No. 11 …


Pac-12 watch: Stanford’s Love season’s first 1,000-yard rusher

Stanford’s Bryce Love is the first 1,000-yard rusher in the Bowl Subdivision, crossing the threshold with the nation’s top performance of the season.


Pac-12 roundup: Bryce Love goes for 301 yards in Stanford’s win

Bryce Love rushed for a school-record 301 yards and three touchdowns, quarterback K.J. Costello passed for one score and Stanford beat Arizona State 34-24 on Saturday in Stanford, California.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 12:55 p.m.

Washington State football live chat Aug. 30 transcript

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson held a chat on Wednesday discussing all things Washington State football with the season opener just days away.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

Pac-12 power rankings: Cardinal dominate, Beavers flop and everyone else waits their turn

Last Monday, the moon covered up the sun. Last Saturday, Floyd Mayweather covered up an arrogant Irishman. And a few days from now, college football will be back with a …


Washington State defense eyeing turnovers this season – 24 to be exact

Alex Grinch will ultimately leave Martin Stadium a happy man on Saturday evening if his defense concedes fewer points than the opponent. Oh, and there’s another thing. He wants two …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

Without any big surprises, Washington State unveils week one depth chart

The Cougars revealed their week-one depth chart Monday morning and while that’s usually a highly-anticipated moment for fans, the first two-deep of the season lacked any real plot twists or …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 4:47 p.m.

First look: Montana State at Washington State

Washington State (0-0) opens its sixth season under Mike Leach against former Cougar assistant Jeff Choate and FCS Montana State (0-0).


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Washington Huskies linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven has resume, but not much playing time

Even though he’s played in 26 games, and registered 78 tackles in a variety of roles on defense and special teams, Ben Burr-Kirven does not have an open path to …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

For Washington State linebacker Nate DeRider, it’s a full ride

When Washington State rewarded Nate DeRider with a full scholarship Friday afternoon after four years of thankless walk-on service, nobody was more amped than the recipient himself. Though, inside linebackers …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 11:45 p.m.

Washington State football walk-on DeRider awarded surprise scholarship

There’s now a good-sized list of Washington State Cougars who’ve joined Mike Leach’s program as long-shot walk-ons and performed well enough to warrant a full scholarship. Once upon a time, …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 11:43 p.m.

Washington State football: 3 reasons for hope, 3 reasons for doubt

Here are three reasons to continue to feel good about the Cougars’ chances this year and three reasons to wait a few more months before pulling the trigger on those …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 6:32 p.m.

Washington’s Chris Petersen signs extension through 2023

The University of Washington announced on Tuesday a three-year contract extension and raise for head football coach Chris Petersen that will make him the highest-paid coach among public schools in …


Colorado reaches Pac-12 title game by holding off Utah, 27-22

Ninth-ranked Colorado won the Pac-12 South title Saturday with a 27-22 win over No. 21 Utah thanks to a senior-laden defense that forced two huge fumbles by Utes star running …


Pac-12 roundup: Adoree Jackson leads USC to easy win over Notre Dame, 45-27

Adoree Jackson returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns and also caught a scoring pass to propel No. 12 Southern California to its eighth consecutive victory, 45-27 over Notre …


John Blanchette: Lets not get ahead of ourselves, Cougs still have a lot to learn before Apple Cup

It’s been suggested we fast-forward this football runoff directly to the Apple Cup, given the early returns from Pac-12 precincts.


USC overcomes turnovers, finishes off No. 21 Colorado 21-17

Tyler Petite caught his second touchdown pass from Sam Darnold with 8:28 to play, and Southern California overcame four turnovers to earn a 21-17 victory over No. 21 Colorado on …


Troy Williams leads No. 24 Utah to 31-27 rally over USC

Troy Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in No. 24 Utah’s 31-27 comeback victory over Southern California on Friday night.


Petersen trying to temper expectations as Washington begins football practice

Chris Petersen seems to understand why there are so many expectations that have engulfed Washington.


WSU football, picked fourth, has more to prove in 2016

Despite Washington State’s third-place Pac-12 North football finish last season, the Cougars were only selected to finish fourth this season by the media members in the annual poll released during …


WSU’s 2016 football opponents approach spring with various goals

While the 15 football practices given to college football teams in the spring are times for self-improvement and introspection, nothing in sports happens in a vacuum.


Pac-12 television network falls far short of profit projections

When the presidents and athletic directors of Pac-12 schools came together to launch the Pac-12 Network, they envisioned a television cash spigot that would flood the athletic budgets of every …


Cougars add speed, size to team

On Wednesday, 25 high school or junior college athletes signed contracts to continue their football careers at Washington State. The whole process was over by 10:24 a.m.


Rule gives school medical professionals final authority on concussions

The Pac-12, along with the NCAA’s four other major conferences, approved a rule Friday requiring that school medical professionals have autonomous and final authority in deciding when an athlete returns …


Jacob Thorpe’s Pac-12 picks

What happens at the start of the year is basically meaningless, as long as you finish. Or something like that.


Jacob Thorpe’s Pac-12 Power Rankings

The 2015 Pac-12 champion will once again hail from the state of California as only Stanford, UCLA and USC enter the final regular season week with a shot at the …


Jacob Thorpe’s Pac-12 picks

While the Pac-12 South’s representative in the conference’s championship game will not be known until next weekend’s games have been played, Stanford can sew up its spot with a win …


Jacob Thorpe’s Pac-12 power rankings

The cannibalization of the Pac-12 conference is complete. Stanford and Utah each pick up their second loss on Saturday, knocking them out of the playoff picture.


Arizona State rallies from three-score deficit to knock off Washington 27-17

The Huskies led this game by three scores in the first half, and by two scores at halftime, and still lost, 27-17, before a crowd of 51,695 who watched the …