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Give and Take: UI names Mike Breske defensive coordinator

Find blog items daily at spokesman.com/blogs /sportslink 1: “Coach Breske has been a coordinator for more than 20 years and he’s won three national championships,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said. “... We are excited to have him lead the Vandal defense. He will do a great a job of leading and teaching.”

Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch stresses turnovers in his introductory press conference.

PULLMAN – Before the ball is snapped, the defense implemented by new Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch will look pretty similar to the one employed by his predecessor, Mike Breske, at least in structure. The Cougars will still run a 3-4 base defense and with so many young starters last season, the personnel will for the most part be the same. Where Grinch hopes the difference will lie is in the ability to generate turnovers, repeatedly saying that it was “imperative” the Cougars find ways to take the ball away from opposing offenses.

WSU hires Alex Grinch as defensive coordinator

PULLMAN – Alex Grinch will take over as the new defensive coordinator at Washington State and will try to make the Cougars’ defense as potent as its offense. Mike Leach dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Breske and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero six weeks ago, following WSU’s season-ending loss to Washington in the Apple Cup. Grinch will coach WSU’s secondary in addition to serving as the defensive coordinator.

Leach fires defensive coordinator, outside linebackers coach

PULLMAN – The day after Washington State’s season of high-scoring losses ended, head football coach 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 Sunday night through a spokesman.

WSU Coach Mike Leach fires Breske, Volero

The day after Washington State’s season of high-scoring losses ended, head football coach Mike Leach dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Breske and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero.

Grip on Sports: Washington State’s desired defensive identity remains elusive

Wednesday: This was the season the Cougars were supposed to turn the corner. Nine games in, we all know it didn’t happen. So will there be repercussions? There already have been some repercussions, of course. Head coach Mike Leach axed special teams coordinator – and assistant head coach – Erik Russell, a longtime friend. Such is the price of unmet expectations.

Follow the leader

PULLMAN – When Washington State was at its worst during its deflating loss to Rutgers last Thursday, senior quarterback Connor Halliday was at his best. After a costly turnover in the fourth quarter, Halliday ran over to the offending receiver but did not express his frustration. Instead, he gave him a high-five and a smile. “I was just telling him that we’re going to need another score and I’m going to be coming back to you so forget about that,” Halliday said. “We’re going to win this game and we’ll laugh about it later.”

Cougars’ Halliday stepping up as a leader

When Washington State was at its worst during its deflating loss to Rutgers last Thursday, senior quarterback Connor Halliday was at his best as a leader.

WSU position preview: Defensive backs

This is the third of eight position previews looking at WSU’s position-by-position prospects for the upcoming season. Today: Defensive backs. Tuesday: Linebackers. PULLMAN – Classes haven’t even started at Washington State and the freshman members of the Cougars’ defensive backfield are already feeling a bit overwhelmed with how much studying college requires.

WSU’s young defensive backs get crash course

Classes haven’t even started at Washington State and the freshman members of the Cougars’ defensive backfield are already feeling a bit overwhelmed with how much studying college requires.

WSU depth chart coming into shape following scrimmage

LEWISTON – The depth chart has changed more than the roster since Washington State’s 2014 spring football practices ended. The Cougars scrimmaged for 62 plays on Saturday and coaches said that the starters and backups reflected how the snaps would shake out if a game were held today, providing hints at answers to questions about who has parlayed a good fall camp into a starting spot and which freshmen may see the field.

Washington State’s Deone Bucannon awaits big call in draft

Although Deone Bucannon’s days of playing for the Cougars are over, Washington State defensive coordinator Mike Breske can still eke out a little more production from his graduated All-American safety. Breske is currently on a recruiting tour of the southeast. Even in places like Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Cottondale, Alabama, recruits recognize the WSU safety who led the team in interceptions and tackles in the last of his four years as a starter.