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UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Specialists provide bright spot for Washington State in loss to Arizona State

With just under eight minutes to play at Sun Devil Stadium, Oscar Draguicevich III stood at Washington State’s 39-yard line, caught the snap and put his foot through the football, …


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: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Analysis: Defensive woes follow Washington State into the desert in 38-34 loss to Arizona State

At times, it looked better for Washington State, and Mike Leach said as much in his postgame press conference. But, far too often in their 38-34 loss to No. 18 …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

TV Take: Defensive debacles continue for Washington State as Cougars remain winless in Pac-12 play

It had been two weeks, two eventful weeks, since Washington State had been on the football field. The Cougars returned Saturday afternoon with another road game against a ranked opponent.


Difference makers: Brandon Aiyuk, Jayden Daniels come up clutch in Sun Devils’ victory over Washington State

Difference makers from Arizona State’s 38-34 win over Washington State at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona


Washington State without wide receiver Brandon Arconado for second consecutive game

Arconado, who’s still second on the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (352) suffered an undisclosed lower body injury in the Pac-12 opener against UCLA and didn’t travel to …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, noon

Luke Falk waived by New York Jets after Sam Darnold cleared to play

Luke Falk’s time as a starting quarterback in the NFL ended earlier this week when the New York Jets cleared Sam Darnold, and the former Washington State quarterback was waived …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 8:44 p.m.

Recap and highlights: No. 18 Arizona State slips past Washington State with late touchdown

Jayden Daniels capped a 75-yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left, giving No. 18 Arizona State a 38-34 victory over Washington State on Saturday afternoon, the …


The pick: Why Arizona State will beat Washington State

I’m on a need-to-see-it-before-I-believe-it basis with WSU’s defense and even if Anthony Gordon and the offense can shake off the cobwebs, it’s hard to see them scoring more than 35-40 …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

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: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

Two-minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against No. 18 Arizona State

The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Arizona State Saturday at Sun Devils Stadium.


Secondary no longer a secondary concern for Washington State amid recent struggles

As players and coaches iron out the kinks – a process they hope is at least partially complete by the time Arizona State’s offense takes the field in Tempe this …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Maxwell Award adds Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon to watch list

Anthony Gordon, the only quarterback at the FBS level with over 2,000 passing yards and one of just three with at least 20 passing touchdowns, was added to the Maxwell …


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.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

Washington State mailbag: Addressing the Lamonte McDougle question and what’s next for the Cougars’ maligned defense

Many of you submitted questions inquiring about potential defensive personnel changes at Washington State in the wake of Tracy Claeys’ resignation. The Cougars, in releasing an updated depth chart Monday, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Former Washington State safety Deone Bucannon released by Buccaneers; Shalom Luani joins Chargers’ practice squad

Two former Washington State defensive backs, Deone Bucannon and Shalom Luani, were involved in NFL transactions Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Player speeches after Utah loss could reflect new wave of leadership for Washington State

Before Leach and his assistant coaches showed up to an all-team meeting following the Utah loss, a few players used the down time to address their larger group of peers …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Pac-12 picks: With two conference losses each, Washington, Washington State ought to show urgency

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson picks Week 7 of the Pac-12 football season.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 6:23 p.m.

CJ Elleby makes preseason all-conference team; Washington State picked to finish 11th in Pac-12

If Washington State’s basketball program is going to take a step forward in year one under Kyle Smith, the Cougars will likely need another standout season from one of their …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Three days after Tracy Claeys’ resignation, Washington State shuffles defensive depth chart

Mike Leach hinted Monday afternoon that Washington State would look into personnel changes for its much-maligned defense in the wake of Tracy Claeys’ unexpected resignation as defensive coordinator.


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: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 6:51 p.m.

First look: Washington State at No. 18 Arizona State

Washington State (3-2, 0-2) looks to break out of a two-game funk in Pac-12 play when it travels to face No. 18 Arizona State (4-1, 1-1).


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Late afternoon kickoff time set for Homecoming game between Washington State, Colorado

The Cougars and Buffaloes will kick off at 4 p.m. next Saturday, the Pac-12 announced Monday morning. The ESPN family of networks will carry the broadcast, but it’s still to …


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

Sports letters: Latest Mike Leach soundbite draws mixed reactions

Letters to the Sports editor


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 6:59 p.m.

Q&A: Washington State coach Mike Leach ‘surprised’ by departure of defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys

Tracy Claeys resigned as Washington State’s defensive coordinator Tuesday – an abrupt decision that leaves the Cougars in a state of flux heading into the final seven games of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

No end in sight for Gardner Minshew Mania after game-winning drive

Jacksonville Jaguars receiver DJ Chark strolled through the locker room wearing a fake mustache Wednesday, an obvious and frivolous nod to quarterback Gardner Minshew.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

‘I think he’s the guy that can (throw) 10 touchdowns.’ Why Hawaii’s renowned QB guru is bullish on Washington State commit Jayden de Laura

Vinny Passas will never resort to posting “Help Wanted” fliers on the bulletin boards at Saint Louis School in order to find his next varsity quarterback. Generating interest for one …


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.


Ten stats – five positive and five negative – that explain the first five weeks of Washington State’s football season

After five weeks, we take a look at five stats to explain where the Cougars have succeeded and five more that give us a better idea of their shortcomings.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

Washington State lands 2020 quarterback from same school that produced Mariota, Tagovailoa, Gesser

Jayden de Laura, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound passer from the prestigious Saint Louis High School, pledged to WSU on Wednesday fewer than 24 hours after receiving an offer from the Cougars, …