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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Sports letters: Thanks for the memories, Mike Leach

Thank you, Coach (Mike) Leach, for many years of exciting football games and great wins!


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

John Blanchette: Hiring more about hope than home runs at Washington State

Time was, hiring a new coach began with winning the press conference. No more.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

‘Rolo Era’ officially underway as new Washington State coach arrives in Pullman, greets Cougar players

Nick Rolovich will be introduced as Washington State’s coach at a 2:30 p.m. news conference Thursday, held inside the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Washington State players, others react to Cougars’ hiring of Nick Rolovich

Pat Chun and Washington State worked quickly to hire the Cougars’ next football coach. Nick Rolovich hasn’t been introduced in Pullman yet, but WSU players and fans are already buzzing, …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

33 for 33: Get to know new Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich

Nick Rolovich, whose run-and-shoot offense helped turn around the Hawaii football program, is set to replace Mike Leach at Washington State, becoming the 33rd head coach in Cougar history. Following …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Washington State picks Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich as next head football coach

A quick and concise search to find the next football coach at Washington State has apparently ended.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Reports: As many as four Washington State assistants set to join Mike Leach at Mississippi State

The Bulldogs haven’t formally announced any of Leach’s new assistant coaches, but Steve Spurrier Sr. told Chris Fetters of 247Sports his son would be moving to Starkville as the MSU …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Ten changes (likely) coming to Washington State with the departure of Mike Leach

Even without knowing who’ll lead Washington State in the wake of Mike Leach’s departure to Mississippi State, it’s fairly easy to draw a few conclusions about the future of the …


Sports letter: Mike Leach wore out his welcome at Washington State

Looks like Mike Leach has finally worn out his welcome at WSU.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Mike Leach: ‘I will forever be proud and if I’m not careful, get emotional about my time at Washington State’

Before he got too far into describing how he plans to rebuild the Southeastern Conference football program at Mississippi State, Mike Leach had one last parting message for the school …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Matt Calkins: Good luck trying to replace Mike Leach at Washington State

The comforting response, if you’re a Washington State football fan, is to tell yourself that it was time – that the Mike Leach era had peaked and a change is …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

John Blanchette: Now Mike Leach can become Mississippi State’s Starkville reality

Wonder if the folks at Mississippi State will enjoy discovering that their new coach considers the Egg Bowl to be just another game?


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Washington State AD Pat Chun optimistic about football’s future after Mike Leach’s move to Mississippi State

With the majority of the football team still elsewhere on winter break, and the streets of Pullman relatively quiet, Pat Chun stood at a podium inside the Cougar Football Complex …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Ten potential coaching candidates to replace Mike Leach at Washington State

We rate 10 potential candidates to replace Leach WSU on a 1-5 scale, with five being most likely and one being least likely.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Transcript: Washington State AD Pat Chun talks Mike Leach departure, what’s next for Cougar football

Washington State Director of Athletics Pat Chun addressed the media Thursday in the wake of Mike Leach’s departure to Mississippi State, discussing Leach’s tenure in Pullman, how the football team …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee, noted Washington graduate, on WSU losing Mike Leach: ‘There may be some who don’t consider that losing’

In Olympia, news of Mike Leach’s departure from Washington State University broke as legislative leaders were discussing issues for the upcoming session.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Updates and reactions: Mike Leach signs contract to become new Mississippi State football coach

The Spokesman-Review confirmed a report from Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports stating Washington State football coach Mike Leach and Mississippi State had agreed on a deal just one day after …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

After eight seasons, Mike Leach leaving Washington State to coach at Mississippi State

Mike Leach’s flirtation with the SEC – something that began two years ago when Leach was in line to take the job at Tennessee – finally culminated early Thursday afternoon, …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Report: Washington State football coach Mike Leach interviewed for vacant Mississippi State job

Nearly a month later, Mike Leach’s name is still floating through the college football coaching rumor mill.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Source: Florida coach urged transfer quarterback Feleipe Franks to consider Washington State

According to a Spokesman-Review source, Florida coach Dan Mullen recommended that former Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks take a serious look at the Cougars and consider spending his final collegiate season …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Decade in review: History made, records broken during golden era at Washington State

If a decade is measured by hallmark moments, individual records and off-the-field feats, Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars have no shortage of those.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Washington State’s Mike Leach responds to Donald Trump impeachment: ‘I’m yet to hear what he did wrong’

Leach, who’s been busy with recruiting obligations, the early signing period and preparation for the Cheez-It Bowl, hasn’t done extensive research or spent much time reading about Trump’s impeachment, but …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Headlined by quarterback Jayden de Laura, Washington State adds 18 high school prospects on signing day

Mike Leach wasn’t oblivious to the domino effect that occurred not long after the Washington State coach sent one of his assistants across the Pacific Ocean to put a set …


Sports letters: Women’s sports should be given their due

Title IX, with Persistence from WSU brought “equity” in providing equal access to sports for college women athletes. You would never know it by reading the Spokesman Review.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Washington State puts Apple Cup, coaching rumors behind it in preparation for bowl game

The Cougars started preparing for a bowl destination they won’t learn until Sunday. The work probably helped them put the Apple Cup defeat a little farther in the rear-view mirror.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Mike Leach agrees to contract extension amid rumors, keeping Washington State coach in Pullman through 2024 season

Despite reports stating he’d met with administrators from Arkansas earlier in the week about the Razorbacks’ coaching vacancy, Leach officially hopped off the coaching carousel Thursday morning, agreeing in principle …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Once again, Washington State’s Mike Leach making his way through coaching rumor mill

Washington State fans watched their team lose in the Apple Cup for the seventh straight time last Friday, 31-13 in Seattle, but now it’s onto something that causes them even …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Chris Petersen thought ‘mind reader’ Mike Leach was on to him during pre-Apple Cup chat

The University of Washington’s head football coach had decided to step down after six years “two or three days before we played Washington State.”


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Excerpt: Washington State coach Mike Leach’s postgame exchange with Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette

The following is an excerpt from Friday’s Apple Cup postgame news conference in which Washington State coach Mike Leach took exception to a question from Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

System of success: Washington State’s Anthony Gordon closing in on membership to one of college football’s most elite passing clubs

Gordon has already attempted 585 passes this season, which is 138 more than any other Division I FBS quarterback. He is 906 yards ahead of LSU’s Joe Burrow, who has …