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Gardner Minshew takes the highs with the lows of first NFL start

Surrounded by a semicircle of his relatives and friends, Gardner Minshew sat back against a folding chair on the lower concourse of NRG Stadium and replayed the events that led …

Proposal to slow graduate transfer market could affect Gonzaga basketball, Washington State football

A proposal that aims to slow the graduate transfer market could be a mixed bag for local college football and men’s basketball programs.

John Blanchette: Let’s boost Washington State’s status by packing it in with Pac-12

It sounds as if Mike Leach and athletic director Pat Chun are going to the mattresses to try to rub out the Barzinis, Tattaglias and Cuneos — otherwise known as …

UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

12 for 12: A dozen Pac-12 players Washington State ducked in 2017 because of injury

Injuries pummeled the Pac-12 Conference in 2018 and it’s safe to wonder if the league would’ve put on a slightly better show during bowl season had a few key players …

Nnamdi Oguayo responds to challenge from Washington State’s defensive coaches

Washington State coaches tried a new strategy for pushing Nnamdi Oguayo to new heights – they demoted him.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

New Washington State DC Tracy Claeys has ‘nightmares’ about not being able to stop people

Tracy Claeys may not even need to dial up a three-and-out to win over his first crop of Washington State football fans.

UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

Peyton Pelluer’s return was breath of fresh air for Washington State

An otherwise dim offseason for the Washington State football team was offered a short window of relief in late January.

UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Washington State football opens spring camp in fall-like conditions

For an unpadded, initial workout, Washington State University’s first spring football practice Thursday had a fair degree of game-like real conditions – if the game were one of those miserable, …

UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 11:03 p.m.

Fifteen NFL hopefuls participate in Washington State’s pro day

The annual predraft ritual of weighing, measuring, running, bench pressing and position drills brought scouts from most NFL teams to Pullman in what offensive lineman Cole Madison acknowledged was a …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

Former Gonzaga Prep, Washington State standout Travis Long hasn’t forgotten his time with the Philadelphia Eagles

When Travis Long talks about the Philadelphia Eagles, he still uses the first-person plural. As in, “We had some good people.”

Tyler Hilinski fondly remembered at funeral service in California

The portrait of Tyler Hilinski that emerged at his funeral Saturday at Damien High in La Verne, California, was that of a caring and sensitive young man who drove his …

NFL Draft Watch: Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa offers defensive versatility

When the Associated Press published its postseason All-Pac-12 Conference teams in early December, Hercules Mata’afa left such an impression on voters that many of them gave him extra credit.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

John Blanchette: All the world’s a stage and Mike Leach’s Cougars are merely players

It was a couple of weeks ago in a TV interview here that Mike Leach claimed to have booted wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. from Washington State’s football roster “because …

Success after success, Michigan State still wears chip on shoulder

For Washington State fans who wear that underdog mentality against the Huskies like a badge of honor, you’ve just met your match.

First look: Michigan State’s youngsters led to big turnaround from 2016

The food was better at this year’s Michigan State football banquet. So was the morale.

Cougars won by keeping Bryce Love in check

Stanford playing football in the snow is rare – even more rare than a lackluster day from electric Cardinal running back Bryce Love.

Beau Baldwin keeps eye on Cheney while enjoying new job in Bay Area

In many ways, Beau Baldwin is still in Cheney. Those are still

John Blanchette: Washington State defense is making some noise

Call it one of those “Did I hear that right?” moments. We’ve all had them.

Counting them down: The five most anticipated games between Washington State and USC

Friday’s game between No. 16 Washington State and No. 5 USC is rightfully being billed as one of the most consequential games of the 2017 Pac-12 football season.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Jim Meehan: Preliminaries over, time to see how Washington State stacks up

Thankfully, the prelims are over, though USC nearly didn’t get the memo. The Trojans needed a huge fourth quarter for a 30-20 road win over Cal. Now it’s WSU (4-0, …

Lopsided run-to-pass ratio not a concern of Washington State’s Leach through three games

PULLMAN – In Saturday’s 52-23 rout of Oregon State, Washington State fans saw the Air Raid offense in peak shape. Quarterbacks Luke Falk and Tyler Hilinski threw the ball 58 …

Difference makers: Washington State’s Tyler Hilinski, Peyton Pelluer spark win over Boise State

WSU sophomore quarterback Tyler Hilinski came off the bench in the second half and helped spark a wild Cougar rally

Schools make contingency plans while hoping smoky skies abate by Saturday

Will college football in the Inland Northwest be saved from smoky skies this weekend?

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 11:18 p.m.

John Blanchette: Brett Rypien faces Washington State with something to prove

The five stages of grief have nothing on the college football fan’s emotional dance with the starting quarterback. Often as not, those reactions – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance …

John Blanchette: Washington State helps itself to some self-help advice

Once is a hiccup. Twice is a habit. Three times, well, if the Washington State Cougars were going to lose to a Big Sky Conference team three years running, there’s …

Jeff Choate enjoyed his stint at Washington State, but this weekend’s all business

Mike Leach and Jeff Choate will make plenty of walks Saturday night. Just not the one down memory lane.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Washington State football sees different Isaiah Johnson-Mack this season

Coaches and teammates all agree: The Isaiah Johnson-Mack that left Pullman in June isn’t the same Isaiah Johnson-Mack that returned to campus in August.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Off-field competition remains constant between Luke Falk, Washington State teammates

Competition never ceases between college football players – on the field, and perhaps even more so, off of it.

Peyton Pelluer, Washington State ready to shake opening-game jinx

Sept. 2 can’t come soon enough for Washington State linebacker Peyton Pelluer and the Cougar defense.

Pac-12 coaches split on NCAA restriction regarding two-a-days

When the NCAA voted last spring to eliminate two-a-day, full-contact practices, most coaches gave the decision a thumbs-up. Now they’re scrambling to adjust.