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(Update: 4:13 p.m.) University of Washington freshman cornerback Naijiel Hale posted on Twitter that the report regarding Brown's dismissal was incorrect, and that the talented cornerback has actually been suspended.
(Update: 4:50 p.m.) I can confirm that Daquawn Brown has been dismissed and there does not appear to be an avenue for his reinstatement.
Washington State football coach Mike Leach has dismissed cornerback Daquawn Brown, his team's leading tackler and most experienced defensive back, according to an internet report.
The team does not publicly address player dismissals and Leach could not immediately be reached for comment. We'll update this post if we learn more.
Follow the jump for more on Brown's reported dismissal.
Both of Utah's coordinators have taken positions elsewhere and it sounds like coach Kyle Whittingham may soon follow.
Defensive coordinator Kilani Sitake took the same position at Oregon State while offensive coordinator Dave Christensen will head to Texas A&M as the running game coordinator.
This article explains that tensions are high in the Utes athletic department and even Whittingham may be looking for a change of scenery after 20 years in Salt Lake City.
Two Pac-12 teams play their bowl games today. Previews of those games and other links are after the jump.
I can confirm that freshman cornerback Kevin Griffin has left the Washington State football program, as indicated on his Twitter account.
Griffin played in three games this past season and made his first and only start in WSU's win at Oregon State. He finishes his career at WSU with two tackles.
Follow the jump for more.
WSU's defense could look markedly different next season. In fact, it could look a lot like the one at Riverside CC.
Following yesterday's news that Riverside's Treshon Broughton will play at Washington State rather than Oregon State, today three of his teammates decided to follow suit.
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Washington State's defensive backfield got a little older today with JC cornerback Treshon Broughton's college switch.
More on WSU's newest recruit after the jump.
Darryl Monroe entered last season as the spokesman of the Washington State defense.
Well-spoken and a two-year starter heading into his junior season, Monroe was WSU's defensive representative at Pac-12 Media Days and was asked to further engage with fans by conducting video walkthroughs of the football operations building and interviewing freshmen in short videos produced by the athletic department.
On the first day of fall camp he tried to set the tone for the season, saying, "Last year was just a taste, it was like a little drop of blood to a shark. He's fiending so now we're fiending for success, so right now the sky isn't even the limit. We're trying to go past that, go to outer space."
Now, Monroe has quit the team. Cougfan.com's Chris Shaw first reported Monroe's departure and I have since confirmed it.
More on this after the jump.
Covering a coaching search can be like playing in a national game of Telephone.
You hear some names of prospective candidates that make no sense and some that make a lot of sense, and just when you think you've zeroed in on the candidate somebody completely new will get the job. Just take this morning's announcement that Oregon State's Mike Riley will take over at Nebraska when everyone thought the job belonged to Scott Frost, for example.
It's entirely possible that the names you hear associated with vacant jobs were never even contacted by the schools doing the searching. Still, it's fun for everyone to try and guess who will be hired and so we'll pass along some names we're hearing more often than others, after the jump.
Washington State receiver Vince Mayle was named Second Team All-Pac-12, the conference announced Tuesday.
Mayle tied for the national lead with 106 receptions and set the WSU single-season record with 1,483 receiving yards.The redshirt senior led the Pac-12 with six 100-yard receiving games and was the only college football player this season with two games of more than 250 receiving yards. He was also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation's top receiver.
More after the jump.
WSU finished the regular season with the nation's No. 1 passing offense margin, throwing for 477.7 yards per game.
How good was Washington State at moving the ball through the air? Well, Western Kentucky was No. 2 in that category with 365 passing yards, or 112.7 yards per game than the Cougars.
All those yards didn't always produce points, however, and the Cougars were merely 45th in scoring offense. In sports the numbers never tell the whole story, but they can serve as a pretty compelling guide.
We take a look at some of the numbers that define WSU's 2014 season after the jump.
Speaking on his weekly Cougar Calls radio show with Bud Nameck on KXLY 920, WSU athletic director Bill Moos said that Leach has a short list of about six potential candidates and that he expects the Cougars to have a new defensive coordinator soon.
More on WSU’s coaching search after the jump.…
The Pac-12 released its 2014 football All-Academic teams and Washington State linebackers Mitch Peterson and Peyton Pelluer both made first team. Pelluer, a redshirt freshman, earned a 3.77 grade-point average and has not declared a major while Peterson, a senior, earned a 3.75 GPA as a marketing major.
Offensive linemen Jacob Seydel and Sam Flor were named All-Academic honorable mention, as was wide receiver River Cracraft.
The release from the Pac-12 containing the full list of players that were honored is after the jump.
The day after Washington State's season ended with a 31-13 Apple Cup loss, Mike Leach dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Breske and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero.
"We decided to make a change and wish them the best," Leach said.
More on WSU's coaching change after the jump.
(Update 7:12 p.m. — I have been told that defensive line coach Joe Salave'a has been promoted to assistant head coach.)
WSU held its final Thursday Night Football scrimmage of the season before heading off for Thanksgiving celebrations.
We have our report on the young guys who stood out after the jump.
If the Cougars stick to their normal weekly routine then today's practice was the last full one of the season.
Washington State will have a morning practice tomorrow and then head to the bowling alley for Thanksgiving food and activities.
Our report from today's practice is after the jump.
Washington State's most dominant receiver wasn't at practice on Tuesday but still got some bad news afterward.
Vince Mayle already holds WSU single season records with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards. He's had two games with more than 250 receiving yards this season. But he wasn't one of the three Biletnikoff Award semifinalists announced by the Quarterback Club of Tallahassee today.
Who was? Alabama's Amari Cooper for one. OK, good decision, he's widely considered college football's best receiver and the only pass-catcher who's a serious Heisman candidate. Also Colorado State's Rashard Higgins was named a finalist. Makes sense, his team is 10-1 and the sophomore receiver leads the nation with 1,447 receiving yards and with 15 touchdown receptions, despite missing one game with a shoulder injury.
But the third finalist? West Virginia's Kevin White? He's had some pretty ridiculous catches on Sportscenter this season but the Mountaineers aren't having an exceptional year and Mayle has him beat in most meaningful receiving categories.
He'll have a chance to pad those statistics in the Apple Cup according to his coaches, despite his Tuesday absence.
When asked if the team would have Mayle available on Saturday coach Mike Leach replied, "Yes, we should. We're all healthy. Why wouldn't we?"
We've got a practice report after the jump.
Washington State announced earlier this year that Steve Gleason will be the lone Hall of Fame inductee this year, and that he would be honored during a home game this season.
Well, it's been apparent that the game would be the Apple Cup since it's been the Cougars' only remaining home game for a few weeks now. But now we know precisely when it will happen, thanks to a press release today from WSU Athletics. Gleason will be honored between the first and second quarters on Saturday. WSU Team Gleason (which is distinct from the New Orleans-based Team Gleason organization) is doing some cool things with technology to help people with ALS and will have a presence at the game to raise ALS awareness.
The school's release is after the jump.
Video courtesy of WSU Athletics
Washington State receiver Vince Mayle has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on Jan. 24. The game and the practices leading up to it, along with the NFL Combine, is one of the best chances prospective NFL draftees have to impress scouts and general managers. Hundreds of active NFL players once played in the Senior Bowl and the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl had 21 former Senior Bowlers, 16 of whom started.
The school's press release is after the jump.
Washington State released its Apple Cup game notes, which includes an updated depth chart. The big changes are that River Cracrat is back as the starting Y receiver, Gerard Wicks is again listed as the No. 2 running back and Marcellus Pippins is listed as the starting field cornerback.
Here is a video of Mike Leach addressing the media during Washington State's Monday press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics. A transcription of the highlights is available after the jump.
WSU got the result expected of unranked teams from WA that visit the desert, but not in the manner most expected.
In many ways Luke Falk still looked very impressive for a freshman quarterback. But for the first time we also saw some blemishes. And against an attacking defense, and with a defense that didn't give him second chances, they were the difference in a blowout loss and an upset win.
I've got a few thoughts from the game after the jump.