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Rodgers picks WSU

PULLMAN – Jake Rodgers received his first college football scholarship offer from Washington State University. Thursday night, the 6-foot-7, 245-pound lineman from Shadle Park High decided it was the one …


Rivalry reaches higher level

PULLMAN – It doesn’t take much to heat up a rivalry – or take it to a new level. Washington State and Washington compete on the athletic fields, vie for …


Cougars just have to add finishing touches this fall

PULLMAN – If you want to put the college football season into housing terms, then spring is about building a foundation, summer the framing and roofing, and fall, that’s when …


Eagles draft Cougs’ Gibson

Brandon Gibson’s months of frustration and personal loss – and then an agonizing weekend of waiting – ended Sunday when Washington State’s star receiver became the state’s only collegian selected …


Spring in their steps

PULLMAN – After all the sweating, all the hitting, all the awards were over, Washington State University football coach Paul Wulff stood before his team and said two related things. …


Our View: Thankfully, Apple Cup hijacking lost its shine

The Apple Cup deal that would’ve yanked the rivalry football game from Pullman and placed it in Seattle for six years has been mercifully gang-tackled. The grab for more dollars …


Apple Cup deal falls through

PULLMAN – A deal to move the Apple Cup to Qwest Field, which seemed so close a week ago, died Friday – not from fan outrage, but of a lack …


After Apple circus comes the clown act

For proof that not everything paralyzingly funny can be found on YouTube, we give you the vaudeville that is state politics, football and the raging affinity of the Dawgfields and …


Gibson awaits call

PULLMAN – Some time Sunday Brandon Gibson’s phone will ring. And, like any graduating senior in America these days, Gibson will be thrilled to hear the voice on the other …


Apple Cup to Qwest deal dies

PULLMAN - A deal to move the Apple Cup to Qwest Field, which seemed so close a week ago, is dead, killed not by fan outrage, but by a lack …


Blanchette: Cougs need clear message

If nothing else, the cataclysm last week of learning that the Apple Cup will in all likelihood be rented out to Qwest Field for six years – though rent-to-own seems …


Cougs pick up the pace on cool day

PULLMAN – It could have been the drastic weather change. Or maybe it was the fact it was spring’s last full practice. Whatever the reason, the Washington State football team …


Cougars’ offensive line makes big strides

PULLMAN – As Steven Ayers sees it, playing offensive tackle is a lot like being a star in New York City. “If you can succeed there,” the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Ayers …


Did Jim Sterk fritter away Apple Cup?

PULLMAN – Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk, buffeted all week by criticism of a plan to move the Apple Cup annually to Seattle’s Qwest Field, held an impromptu news …


LB shortage leads to short practice

PULLMAN – Even as spring football scrimmages go, Washington State’s second of this spring was short, lasting less than 40 minutes. The main reason was simple. The list of Cougars …


It could be beginning of end for Sterk

Jim Sterk seems to have reached his Morton’s Fork. Not just about what to do with the Apple Cup – keep it in Pullman every other year or send it …


Apple Cup plan receives intense reaction

PULLMAN – The fallout from the news Thursday that Washington State and the University of Washington were close to an agreement moving the Apple Cup to Qwest Field on a …


Blanchette: Greenbacks hijack Joe Coug

Look, money wins. I get it. That isn’t even the most discouraging thing about the Applejacking going on at Washington State. It’s this:


Apple Cup may call Seattle home

PULLMAN – Washington State University and the University of Washington are near an agreement to move the Apple Cup rivalry football game to Qwest Field in Seattle, The Spokesman-Review learned …


Agreement near to move Apple Cup to Qwest

Washington State University and the University of Washington are near an agreement to move the Apple Cup rivalry football game to Qwest Field in Seattle, The Spokesman-Review learned Wednesday.


Thin on corners, Cougs make shift

PULLMAN – On the football field, necessity is the father of innovation. So, with spring practice winding down, the necessity of manning Washington State’s depleted cornerback spots meant an innovative …


Backfield revs up WSU

PULLMAN – At times last season, the Washington State Cougars were lucky to have one healthy running back to use in practice. Depth, that was for the future.


Walk-on Thomas stands out

PULLMAN – When Paul Wulff took over as head football coach at Washington State University, one area he hoped to bulk up was the school’s walk-on program. If you are …


Cougars productive despite injuries

PULLMAN – There are days emotion can carry a football player to heights unexplored. Tuesday wasn’t one of those days for Washington State University.


Quick recovery

PULLMAN – Marshall Lobbestael remembers the play. He remembers the pain. And he remembers the path back. It’s been less than six months since Lobbestael had his redshirt freshman season …


Cougs take special interest

PULLMAN – Some would say there is nothing special about spring practice. Fifteen days of drill after drill with no real game to look forward to. But Paul Wulff is …


Mattingly put on sidelines by injury

PULLMAN – There are immutable laws of physics, just like there are immutable facts in physiology. And when those two collide on the football field, there is usually an adverse …


Hoffman-Ellis looks like a jewel to the Cougars

PULLMAN – If Washington State’s football team wants to rejoin the Pac-10 Conference’s elite, the Cougars know they must discover hidden gems in the recruiting mines. This year’s Hope Diamond: …


Cougs start tackling queries

PULLMAN – Spring football is always full of questions. But coming off a 2-11 season, Paul Wulff’s first as head coach, Washington State probably has more than most. When the …


Cougs search for healing

PULLMAN – The offseason road to success hasn’t been a smooth one for the Washington State football team. The detritus of a 2-11 season hasn’t been easy to avoid. The …