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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Just for kicks: Blake Mazza’s perfect season makes field goals more palatable for Washington State’s Mike Leach

It was a mostly sunny, 57-degree afternoon in Boulder, Colorado, and the Washington State offense was driving.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Washington State mailbag: Taking a stab at next year’s QB and who starts in the secondary against Oregon State

There’ll be plenty of time to talk bowls, so let’s focus on a more immediate and pertinent issue: the Cougars’ 2020 quarterback competition. In this edition of the mailbag, I …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Washington State’s Mike Leach: ‘Have your fun with Senior Day and we’ll try to get a first down’

Mike Leach will tolerate the pregame processions, waterworks and photo opportunities that’ll take before Washington State’s home finale against Oregon State Saturday night – same as he always has – …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Mike Leach encourages media to ‘carefully analyze’ officiating blunder from Washington State-Cal game

Mike Leach wasn’t interested in wiring any money to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on Monday, so, true to form, the Washington State coach held his tongue when asked to comment …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

First look: Stanford at Washington State

Still needing two wins for a postseason berth, Washington State (4-5, 1-5) will return to the Palouse for just its second home game in 50 days when it hosts Pac-12 …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Tyler Hilinski to be honored by Washington State on Senior Night against Oregon State

Hilinski’s Hope, the non-profit foundation launched by the quarterback’s family in the wake of his suicide death last year, announced Monday on Instagram and Facebook WSU will be celebrating Hilinski …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 10, 2019

Washington State rewind: Justin Wilcox, Beau Baldwin provide more headaches for Cougars in 33-20 loss

We dive into Washington State’s problems against the Wilcox/Baldwin duo, look at the third down woes and grade the offensive line in the latest edition of the rewind.


Washington State to spend redshirt on injured receiver Jamire Calvin

The junior, who’s dealt with an undisclosed lower body injury, hasn’t played in a game this season and Leach told reporters in early September that redshirting the Pasadena native was …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

‘We just have to close it out’: Inability to finish games has kept Washington State from achieving goals

If Washington State’s losses to UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon indicate anything, it’s that a mustache isn’t the only thing distinguishing the 2018 Cougars from the 2019 Cougars.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Strong ground game, second-quarter successes have helped Washington State rack up four straight wins against Oregon

While the Washington State football team has had a devil of a time beating its primary rival, it has had its way with the teams from Oregon the last four …


Ferris takes defensive stance in race for Greater Spokane League title

Ferris threw a cross-body block on the battle for the Greater Spokane League 4A football title by shutting out Gonzaga Prep, 34-0 last week. That, combined with Mead’s win over …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Washington State mailbag: Why tight ends aren’t used in the Air Raid, Justin Herbert and Coug-themed Halloween costumes

From tight ends and Wazzu-themed Halloween costumes, to Justin Herbert and defending the Air Raid, we visit a handful of topics in this week’s edition of the Washington State mailbag …


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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports letters: Latest Mike Leach soundbite draws mixed reactions

Letters to the Sports editor