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Cougars need effort, consistency

PULLMAN – Mike Leach has as much time for excuses as he does patience for poor effort. Very little, it turns out.


No time like the present for WSU

PULLMAN – Mike Leach has as much time for excuses as he does patience for poor effort. Very little, it turns out. Washington State’s quest to play in its first …


NFL veteran Lindell dreams of shot at playoffs

Rian Lindell has a long list of accomplishments on his 12-year NFL resume, but the former Washington State University kicker wants more.


WSU Cougars must regroup after loss

PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars returned home in Friday morning’s wee hours, attended classes and practiced for about an hour last night after their disappointing season-opening loss at Brigham …


Cougars know they need alterations

PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars returned home in Friday morning’s wee hours, attended classes and practiced for about an hour last night after their disappointing season-opening loss at Brigham …


WSU-BYU: How they scored

First quarter BYU 7, WSU 0


Apparent injury keeps freshman starter sidelined

PROVO, Utah – Redshirt freshman Xavier Cooper was listed atop the Washington State depth chart at defensive tackle, but he wasn’t able to play in the team’s season opener against …


WSU fails to score touchdown as BYU spoils Leach’s debut

PROVO, Utah – They played with tempo. They played with confidence. They moved the ball up and down the field, in short bursts, long bursts, by pass and by run. …


Blanchette: WSU loss disappointing, but not devastating

PROVO, Utah – So will Washington State’s über-suffering multitudes give Mike Leach a second chance to make a first impression? Do they have a choice?


Pac-12 picks

Away we go with the first predictions of the season. Fans of Arkansas State and Northern Colorado might want to avoid this one. By the way, when Washington State plays …


Mike Leach a good fit at WSU with “just do your best” mantra

PULLMAN – The conference table is covered with lunch fixings – meat, side dishes, dinner rolls. Help yourself, Mike Leach says, sipping his coffee, depth charts and notes and printouts …


Leach gets first chance to see what Cougs can do

PROVO, Utah – If you’re wondering what to expect out of the Washington State football team when it opens its season against Brigham Young this evening, you’re not alone. Mike …


Gabe Marks

Gabe Marks made his presence in Pullman known from the first day of Washington State’s training camp. He’s also done it every day since then, too. Marks has earned praise …


Washington State story lines

All about the offense It would be quite literally unprecedented if a Washington State quarterback doesn’t post passing numbers among the nation’s best this season.


Just keep running

One of the biggest changes coach Mike Leach has brought to the Washington State football team has nothing to do with passing yardage or point totals. Leach shook up the …


BYU quarterback Nelson learned to be patient

PULLMAN – It might have been difficult two seasons ago to imagine that Riley Nelson would be where he is today, entering his senior year as Brigham Young’s unquestioned starter …


Leaches nostalgic about BYU

PULLMAN – Mike Leach just wanted to watch “Gunsmoke.” Or, at least, that’s what he wound up doing when he’d wander over to the unit where his now-wife, Sharon, lived …


Leaches have fond memories of BYU

PULLMAN – Mike Leach just wanted to watch “Gunsmoke.” Or, at least, that’s what he wound up doing when he’d wander over to the unit where his now-wife, Sharon, lived …


WSU placekicker voted to be one of five captains

PULLMAN – First, understand something: Eric Russell thinks very highly of Andrew Furney. Washington State’s junior kicker has done what’s been asked of him from Day 1, says Russell, the …


Cougars’ coach jokes, but focus fully on BYU game

PULLMAN – Another four days remain until Washington State debuts its 2012 football season with an Aug. 30 game at Brigham Young. But coach Mike Leach is already sick of …


Martin now pride of Palouse

PULLMAN – Maybe Washington State athletic director Bill Moos appreciates his department’s newest creation because he’s so aware of its predecessor’s shortcomings. Addressing reporters on the third floor of the …


Next Martin Stadium renovation on hold until TV distribution deals are complete

PULLMAN – Washington State athletic director Bill Moos knows that money – much more of it than Washington State’s athletic department has ever seen – is on its way. With …


Martin Stadium plans on hold until TV deals are complete

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos knows that money – much more of it than Washington State’s athletic department has ever seen – is on its way.


Cougs in school, think it could be advantage

PULLMAN – Washington State isn’t the only Pac-12 football team in the Northwest conducting practices in preparation for the 2012 season. The Cougars are, however, the only Pac-12 football team …


Tuel seems right for job

This is the last of eight position previews for the Washington State football team. PULLMAN – Mike Leach won’t come right out and say it, but the Washington State coach …


Tuel seems right for job

Mike Leach won’t come right out and say it, but the Washington State coach has drawn plenty of lines to read between when it comes to his team’s quarterback competition. …


Cougars look for big gains in special teams

This is the seventh of eight position previews of Washington State’s 2012 football team. Today: special teams. Tuesday: quarterbacks.


Cougars working hard to improve special teams

The reminders came often from Eric Russell, during punt coverage drills, punt return drills, kickoff coverage drills. “Eleventh out of 12!” Russell would yell. “Eleventh out of 12!” Washington State’s …


WSU’s secondary takes on challenge with enthusiasm

This is the sixth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2012 football team. Monday: special teams. PULLMAN – There is more pressure this season on Nolan Washington, on …


Spokane football star Cogdill needs operation to survive

The handsome face is undimmed by age, and the man moves with the grace of the wide receiver he once was. Gail Cogdill is only 75 and has a lot …