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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Matt Calkins: The Seahawks were held back by their depleted defense this season. Here’s how they can fix that.

Coaching football generally requires a comprehension of complexities that exceed those of other sports. The schemes, the formations, the details, the adjustments – they’re pretty much unrivaled when you compare …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

‘Kills’ have given Washington State incentive to play defense under Kyle Smith

So far, Kyle Smith has made good on one of the only promises he delivered last spring upon formally accepting the job at WSU: teaching the Cougars how to play …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 5, 2020

Gonzaga rewind: Zags’ Killian Tillie puts up pair of healthy stat lines

Killian Tillie isn’t at full speed, but his on-court performance suggests otherwise. The senior forward delivered 22 points against Portland and 20 versus Pepperdine, influencing two hard-fought victories, particularly Saturday …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Matt Calkins: Three games ago, the Seahawks’ defense decided it was time to be great … mission accomplished

There was no victory celebration for the Seahawks’ defense three games ago when Seattle beat Tampa Bay 40-34 in overtime. At that point, though, the defenders decided it was time …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Larry Stone: After another strong defensive performance on road versus Eagles, Seahawks are starting to think big

The Seahawks are starting to see the outlines of a best-case scenario that was mostly fantasy and wishful thinking just a couple of weeks ago.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Las Vegas edge rusher Gabriel Lopez announces commitment to Washington State

Lopez is considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and he lists one other Power Five offer, from Minnesota, and a handful other from the Mountain West, including Fresno State, Hawaii …


‘Holy Warrior’: From Jihad to Jahad, Washington State’s middle linebacker has always emulated speed, force on gridiron

Those who’ve kept up with Washington State’s efforts on the recruiting trail during the Mike Leach era may recall the team’s pursuit of a small, swift linebacker from Helix High …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Chris Petersen speaks on Washington’s inside linebacker depth, Jacob Eason’s ‘learning opportunities’

The Washington Huskies have a depth problem in the middle of their defense.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Analysis: Young Washington State defense learns on the job against tough Pac-12 offenses

In a tent outside Autzen Stadium, redshirt freshman Armani Marsh answered questions on behalf of a Washington State defense that yet again struggled to contain its opponent on Saturday in …


Senior Marcus Strong helps Washington State defense lock down Colorado, break out of slump

One week after Washington State’s defense gave up its second-highest yardage total of the season, the Cougars’ lone senior in its secondary, Marcus Strong, bounced back and was at his …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

After a bye week and lots of change, Washington State’s defense aims to get back on track against Arizona State

Before Roc Bellantoni’s group interview in Pullman on Wednesday – not his first, but his first as Washington State’s interim defensive coordinator – the man who’ll be making the tough …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

Jadeveon Clowney is ‘very, very happy’ to be with the Seahawks – and sees a breakthrough coming

The numbers aren’t pretty: Through five games, the Seahawks defense has accumulated just 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss, both of which rank near the bottom of the NFL …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Washington State defense has room to improve after first four games, but history is not on its side

In the wake of losing the highest-scoring football game in Pac-12 history, the Washington State defense is looking to bounce back against a Utah team that might be without two …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Triple-threat: Washington State must stop trio of the Pac-12’s best running backs to open conference slate

Gouged by the likes of Patrick Carr and Milo Hall the last two weeks, the Washington State Cougars’ front seven is about to face three of the best ball carriers …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

Young Eastern Washington cornerbacks aided by veteran position groups

Of the four cornerbacks who shared reps in Eastern Washington’s ball-hawking 2018 secondary, the youngest were fifth-year seniors.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

In-depth glance: Projecting and examining the three-deep at every defensive and special teams position for Washington State

As the season approaches, we give you our idea of what WSU’s three-deep will like when the Cougars host New Mexico State on Aug. 31, with in-depth looks at every …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Washington 2019 defense primer: Can a new cast of characters produce familiar results?

When Washington’s defense sprints onto the Husky Stadium turf on Aug. 31, All-American linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven won’t be there.


Robert J. Samuelson: Are we shortchanging the military?

The military-industrial complex isn’t bankrupting us – though some on the left still cling nostalgically to the belief that it is. It’s fiction.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

Judge sides with Pentagon and Amazon in cloud bidding case

A federal judge has dismissed allegations that bidding for a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon was rigged to favor Amazon.


Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’

Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first “war cloud” computing system. But Amazon’s early hopes of a shock-and-awe …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019

Raytheon and United Technologies to create a defense giant

Raytheon and United Technologies will join to create a massive aerospace and defense company in a sector that is already rapidly consolidating.


Trump administration to roll out new missile defense plan

The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy Thursday for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter …


‘Fix-it’ man Shanahan working to streamline defense spending

The sooner-than-expected departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shifts the focus to President Donald Trump’s appointment of an acting Pentagon chief and plans for a permanent replacement.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 16, 2018

Gonzaga rewind: Defense, rebounding top Zags’ to-do list

North Carolina’s student section serenaded Gonzaga in the final minute with the time-honored taunt “Same as last time.” They were half right. The Tar Heels did get the better of …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018

Funding for defense in NY sex-trafficking case questioned

Federal prosecutors are challenging how defense lawyers are being paid in the case against a self-improvement organization accused of branding female followers.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Eastern Washington notebook: Defensive touchdowns have sparked Eagles’ recent routs

When Eastern Washington linebacker Ketner Kupp ran back a 95-yard interception return in the closing minutes of the Eagles’ 42-21 dispatching of Nicholls State on Saturday, it was a familiar …


Gonzaga rewind: Josh Perkins, defense out punch Bluejays

The latest Gonzaga rewind addresses Perkins’ ridiculous stat line, the impact of the defense and the good and bad of the Zags’ final few minutes.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018

Gonzaga tightens up defense in blowout win over Texas Southern

Everything is a work in progress this early in the college basketball season.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Eastern Washington notebook: Ex-Cal Poly coach Eti Ena’s defensive ends step up to slow Mustang rushing attack

Just three years removed from his stint as a Cal Poly assistant, Ena knew the chore the Eagles’ defensive line would have in stopping the Mustangs’ triple-option offense, an old-school …


Nnamdi Oguayo makes big impact for Washington State after absence in August

Nnamdi Oguayo’s mere presence seemed to uplift the Cougars, who’ve been confronted with adversity on the defensive line all preseason – first when highly-touted nose tackle Pono Lolohea left the …