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After sorting out Trey Davis’ eligibility, Washington State could carve out role for USC transfer

After a somewhat strenuous process, Trey Davis has been cleared to play for Washington State this season. Now the Cougars are busy trying to nail down a role for the …


Oregon has made a habit of swiping Washington State coaches

One of the most robust pipelines in the college football coaching world is the one that exists between the golden wheat fields of the Palouse and the evergreen forests of …


First look: Washington State at No. 11 Oregon

Washington State (4-3, 1-3) will aim for its first road win, and ranked win, of the 2019 season when it visits No. 11 Oregon (6-1, 4-0) for the Ducks’ Homecoming …


Washington State rewind: Defense crosses off top items on checklist in 41-10 win over Colorado

We’ll take another look at what the Cougars did to piece together a defensive effort that was long-awaited and much-needed in this edition of the Washington State rewind, along with …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Mike Leach refutes claim by former QB Connor Halliday that Tracy Claeys, Darcel McBath argued about Washington State defense

Mike Leach has vehemently refuted a claim by his former quarterback, Connor Halliday, that a feud existed between Tracy Claeys and Darcel McBath, and that feud is what caused Washington …


Washington State mailbag: Tackling the Cougars’ slightly improved (?) defense, recent comments from a former QB and whether to receive or defer

In this week’s mailbag, we tackle the defense (duh), provide some thoughts on Connor Halliday’s account of why defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys resigned and tell you how Mike Leach decides …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Mike Leach says Washington State didn’t give ‘clear message’ to defense during fall camp

It isn’t that Mike Leach envisioned WSU’s defense giving up 143 points in three games, ceding 1,715 total yards of offense through the first third of the Pac-12 schedule or …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Sun Devils spear Cougars with explosive plays in 38-34 win

In this edition of the rewind, we examine the team’s morale after Saturday’s game in Tempe (it might not be what you think), WSU’s tendency to give up explosive plays …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Hoping to eliminate distractions, Mike Leach introduces social media ban for Washington State players

Washington State football players, usually avid social media users, have been noticeably quiet on Twitter and Instagram since their 38-13 loss to Utah two weeks ago.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Ex-Washington State nickel Hunter Dale joins Cougars staff as defensive quality control assistant

An esteemed member of Washington State’s Alamo Bowl-winning 2018 football team is returning to the Cougars in a coaching role.


Under new defensive coordinator tandem, Washington State looking to simplify things

Mike Leach didn’t want a change at DC, necessarily, but he expressed the need to see something different, claiming the Cougars will simplify their scheme under interim defensive coordinator Roc …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Sports letters: Latest Mike Leach soundbite draws mixed reactions

Letters to the Sports editor


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Washington State defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys resigns after 0-2 start in Pac-12 play

Washington State defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys has resigned, Cougars head coach Mike Leach announced in a school release Friday.


Shawn Vestal: Only a football coach can talk about students that way

Mike Leach, the highest paid – and most grossly overpaid – state employee, has a well-earned reputation for mocking, insulting and sneering at the “softness” of his WSU football players …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019, 6:49 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Mike Leach calls out ‘soft’ Cougs

A 38-13 loss to the 19th-ranked Utes on Saturday night in Salt Lake City unearthed a new set of problems for the Cougars, who take a much-needed bye week before …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Mike Leach: Washington State players ‘were babies on the sideline’ during second half of loss to UCLA

Jerry Neuheisel, an offensive graduate assistant at UCLA, gave the Bruins life when they didn’t have much of it midway through the third quarter at Martin Stadium.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Uncharacteristic turnovers, continued tackling woes in 67-63 loss to UCLA

In this week’s rewind, we focus on turnovers, defense, and one of the few bright spots: The rapport between Anthony Gordon and Easop Winston Jr. that’s contributed to eight WSU …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

Hardware handed out, on display during Washington State’s Pac-12 opener against UCLA

Saturday was a busy night for awards and trophies at Martin Stadium.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

HBO announces “24/7 College Football” program featuring Washington State, three other programs

After much speculation, HBO has announced it will spotlight Washington State and three other schools, Arizona State, Penn State and Florida, in a college football all-access series that will air …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Mike Leach comments on California’s Pay for Play Act: ‘California has trouble keeping their streets clean … they ought to focus on that’

Washington State and UCLA aren’t playing football for another six days, but Cougars coach Mike Leach already found a way to ruffle the feathers of Bruin fans and, on a …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Triumph over Houston seals ninth consecutive nonconference win

Championships aren’t won in the third game of the season, but trophies are handed out occasionally.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Washington State mailbag: On Travion Brown, Cougars v. Cougars and USC’s potential interest in AD Pat Chun

In this week’s mailbag, I talk about the true freshman linebacker, why he’s been able to dazzle the first two weeks of the season and what his role might look …


Houston’s Dana Holgorsen was right down the road when Mike Leach, Hal Mumme conceived Air Raid offense

Dana Holgorsen wasn’t there for the birth of the Air Raid offense, but he was as close as you could get. If Holgorsen wasn’t inside the labor room itself, he …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Mike Leach says redshirt season could be on the table for injured receiver Jamire Calvin

Wide receiver Jamire Calvin is still recovering from a lower body injury that sidelined him through fall camp and the first two games of Washington State’s season, and there’s a …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Washington State’s leading receiver through two games? Just as you guessed, Brandon Arconado

When Washington State’s wide receivers were handicapped before the season, many expected that a group returning Dezmon Patmon, Tay Martin and Easop Winston Jr. could be among the best in …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Washington State players, coaches were following closely as Gardner Minshew made NFL debut

Just about every member of Washington State’s football team had the same reaction sometime after 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Pull out a cell phone, click on a television, text a friend.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Even in 42-point blowout, spotty run defense left a sour taste for Cougars

Now that Washington State has cleared the puff pastries from the table, the Cougars can focus on the main course of their nonconference schedule.


Washington State mailbag: Where can you watch the Cougars on Saturday? What’s up with Jahad Woods? Who has the better WR corps, Wazzu or SC?

In this week’s mailbag, I address how viewers at home can watch the Cougars this Saturday against Northern Colorado (some of you won’t be able to), Jahad Woods’ status/potential replacement …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

Q&A: Ex-Washington State running back James Williams talks NFL, relationship with Mike Leach and newborn son Rush

Among other things, Williams discussed being signed and waived by three NFL teams, pulling off a hurdle in Detroit’s preseason finale, the feud between his agent, Eric Dickerson, and former …


Mike Leach says Gage Gubrud, Trey Tinsley ‘neck-and-neck’ for Washington State backup QB job

It’s still a close race between Gubrud, the Eastern Washington graduate transfer, and Tinsley, the redshirt senior who’s been with the Cougars since 2016, according to Leach, and it’s unclear …