PULLMAN – The leadership council Nick Rolovich assembled prior to his first season as Washington State’s coach was designed in large part to give his football players a voice and underline the player-first strategy he’s trying to establish in Pullman.
Fans hoping to sneak an early look at Nick Rolovich’s football team may now have to wait until September.
One day after it was learned that Washington State’s Pat Chun had interviewed for Northwestern’s vacant athletic director position, it appears the Wildcats are planning to go in a different direction.
Weeks after his name surfaced in the search for Kansas’ vacant athletic director position, Pat Chun is apparently being targeted by another Power Five school.
Max Borghi had a fairly good sense of where he’d be playing football this fall long before the Washington State running back provided social media confirmation to a fanbase nervously waiting on pins and needles.
Washington State football coaches weren’t necessarily sweating bullets, but the biggest news story out of college sports Thursday was understandably a positive development for the Cougars.
Jarrett Guarantano’s getting the hang of the playbook, asking the right questions and progressively growing into a leadership role at Washington State – something he acknowledges will take time, and more important than time, trust.
While only a few white clouds hung over an otherwise blue sky in Spokane, the conditions 75 miles south in Pullman were more erratic Saturday and prompted Washington State to call an audible as the Cougars prepared for the first live scrimmage of spring football camp.
PULLMAN – When Donovan Ollie was asked to describe himself earlier this week in a postpractice Zoom call, the Washington State wide receiver was soft-spoken, short-winded and right to the point.
Washington State is expected to return one of the Pac-12’s top backfields this fall with Max Borghi and Deon McIntosh, but the depth at the running back position appeared to be murky after that, especially if the two players who combined for 80% of the team’s rushing yards last year decide to leave at the end of the 2021 season.
In shorts, jerseys and helmets, football players can only suggest how they will play at full speed in pads. But other characteristics can be revealed, especially on a team that underperformed last fall and has something to prove, and Nick Rolovich was pleased with what he saw from Washington State following the first day of spring practice.
If it's hard to remember the last time Washington State began a football camp without a quarterback competition as the most compelling storyline, that's because it hasn't happened in earnest since the fall of 2017, when Pac-12 career passing leader Luke Falk returned for his fourth year as the Cougars' starter.