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Cougars Football

After rocky season, Cougars hope to regroup

BURBANK, Calif. — Welcome to Pac-12 media days, where Mike Leach remains in high demand.There are always questions for the Washington State coach. Questions about the books he's co-authored. About the tour he took here at Warner Bros Studios, particularly the Batman...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Sports

Texas high court denies appeal in Mike Leach firing lawsuit

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has denied former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach’s appeal in a lawsuit over his firing.

Date: 05/09/2015 | Sports

Browns select Cooper from WSU

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns made a trade to move back into the third round and selected Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Sports

Cougars hire Missouri assistant Grinch as defensive coordinator

PULLMAN — Alex Grinch will take over as the new defensive coordinator at Washington State and will try to make the Cougars defensive as potent as its offense.

Date: 01/14/2015 | Sports

WSU athletics in the hole $13 million in 2014

SPOKANE — The Washington State University athletic department ran a $13 million deficit at the end of 2014.Spending rose to nearly $60 million, about $10 million more than in 2013.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Sports

Cougars expect to hire defensive coordinator soon

PULLMAN — Washington State coach Mike Leach is in the market for a new defensive coordinator and finding one may not require a lengthy search, according to athletic director Bill Moos.

Date: 12/03/2014 | Sports

Development of young players bright spot for Cougars

SPOKANE — One of the lowest points of Washington State's disappointing season also set the stage for one of the bright spots.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Sports

Cougars fire defensive coordinator Breske, LB coach Volero

PULLMAN — The day after Washington State's season of high-scoring losses ended, head football coach Mike Leach dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Breske and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero.

Date: 11/30/2014 | Sports

Huskies dominate Apple Cup

Washington defeats Washington State 31-13 (gallery)

Date: 11/29/2014 | Sports

Fightin' like Cats and Dawgs

Apple Cup rivalry as intense as any in college football

Date: 11/29/2014 | Sports

Confidence is key to success for Cougars' wide receiver Mayle

SPOKANE — For Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle, it's not just good hands and fast feet that make him the top pass catcher in team history. It's confidence."It's very important," Mayle said. "If you're not confident, and you're just looking...

Date: 11/27/2014 | Sports

Sun Devils beat Cougars

Arizona St. converts 5 turnovers into TDs, beats WSU 52-31

Date: 11/22/2014 | Sports

Cougars battle for starting roles in practice

PULLMAN — At some point in recent weeks, some of Washington State’s football defensive regulars started comparing practice statistics.

Date: 11/20/2014 | Sports

Cougars beat Beavers

Falk throws 5 TD passes, Cougars beat Oregon State 39-32

Date: 11/08/2014 | Sports

Halliday's season over

Leach says broken ankle ends senior QB's Washington State career

Date: 11/03/2014 | Sports

Cougars' Falk steps up to replace injured Halliday

PULLMAN — Washington State head coach Mike Leach knelt beside his injured quarterback on Saturday and tried to comfort and relax Connor Halliday, because what else was there to do?The pain of a broken leg was enough for Halliday to contend with without the added...

Date: 11/02/2014 | Sports

Cougars fall to USC

Washington State QB Halliday injured in 44-17 loss to Trojans

Date: 11/01/2014 | Sports

USC expects ‘fight’ from Cougars

SPOKANE — USC came away frustrated from its latest loss but coach Steve Sarkisian expects his players to display their resilience come Saturday's matchup with Washington State."This team won't get knocked down and stay down," said Sarkisian, whose Trojans...

Date: 11/01/2014 | Sports

Bittersweet season for WSU quarterback Connor Halliday

PULLMAN — George Washington could have used some truth-telling lessons from Connor Halliday.Washington State's quarterback, in his final season as a Cougar, is honest to a fault, even when his coaches and the WSU communications staff might prefer that the senior fib a...

Date: 10/31/2014 | Sports

Solomon leads No. 15 Arizona to 59-37 victory over Cougars

PULLMAN — Washington State fell behind No. 15 Arizona 31-0 early in the second quarter, and coach Mike Leach said his team then tried to do the impossible.

Date: 10/25/2014 | Sports

Cougars refreshed coming off bye week

PULLMAN — Washington State players addressed the media for the first time since the Stanford game on Monday and the consensus was that the players feel refreshed after a badly needed bye week.

Date: 10/20/2014 | Sports

Stanford cages Cougars

No. 25 Cardinal keeps WSU's high-powered offense in check

Date: 10/10/2014 | Sports

Can Stanford ground WSU’s record-setting air attack?

STANFORD, Calif. — On the plane ride back from Notre Dame last weekend, Stanford players watched the Washington State-California game looking to learn about their next opponent.One observation about the Cougars quickly emerged."They really don't like...

Date: 10/09/2014 | Sports

Record-setting Halliday is 'best quarterback' in Pac-12

PULLMAN — Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday's fourth pass of the game went for a 90-yard touchdown, and it was off to the races for the senior on a night when he would throw for an NCAA-record 734 yards against California.

Date: 10/06/2014 | Sports

Halliday breaks NCAA passing record as Cougars fall 60-59 to Cal

PULLMAN — Another game, another shootout for the California Golden Bears.

Date: 10/05/2014 | Sports

Washington State's Air Raid takes on Cal's Bear Raid

PULLMAN — Mike Leach faces a former disciple this weekend in California coach Sonny Dykes, who was a wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator under Leach at Texas Tech.Dykes, who was a graduate assistant at Kentucky when Leach was an assistant coach under Hal...

Date: 10/01/2014 | Sports

Cougars come back

Halliday throws 4 TD passes, Cougars rally to beat Utah 28-27

Date: 09/27/2014 | Sports

Can Washington State halt Utah’s sack attack?

SALT LAKE CITY — The element of time was added to the Washington State offense against Oregon last week. As in, Connor Halliday had all the time he needed to find his preferred receiver and make the throw.

Date: 09/27/2014 | Sports

Cougars have bad memories of last game played at Utah

PULLMAN — For the dwindling number of Washington State football players old enough to remember the last trip, Saturday's return to Rice-Eccles Stadium is a reminder of likely the lowest point in their careers.A 49-6 loss to a 3-5 Utah team was bad enough, but it is the...

Date: 09/24/2014 | Sports

Mariota throws 5 TD passes, No. 2 Oregon beats Cougars 38-31

PULLMAN — Underdog Washington State almost beat No. 2 Oregon on Saturday, but Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday was not impressed.

Date: 09/20/2014 | Sports

Defense key for Cougars

PULLMAN — For Washington State to stay competitive with No. 2 Oregon, Connor Halliday and the WSU offense will have to play well.

Date: 09/20/2014 | Sports

Cougars treating Ducks like any other foe

SPOKANE — No. 2 Oregon is as high profile as a team gets but Washington State linebacker Cyrus Coen says he sees the high-flying Ducks as just another “faceless opponent.”“We’re going to do the same thing we do every day,” Coen said. “Work hard, that’s it.”

Date: 09/18/2014 | Sports

WSU releases 2015 football schedule

PULLMAN — Washington State’s football team will play six home games in 2015, including four against Pac-12 opponents.

Date: 09/17/2014 | Sports

Cougars rout Vikings

Halliday throws 6 TD passes, WSU beats Portland St. 59-21

Date: 09/13/2014 | Sports

Leach looking for better focus from Washington State

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State coach Mike Leach thinks the Cougars' 0-2 start this season is partially tied to a lack of focus during games."I think we need to make sure we're sharper on their focus," Leach said. "Right now we're a team that...

Date: 09/11/2014 | Sports

Leaf sentenced to 5 years in Texas, gets credit for Montana prison time

LUBBOCK, Texas — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation.A Texas prosecutor says the former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Washington State standout won't have to serve any time...

Date: 09/09/2014 | Sports

Jackson, Fajardo help Nevada beat WSU

RENO, Nev. — Brock Hekking says there was only one reason Nevada’s “blue-collar” defense was so effective against Washington State’s high-powered offense.

Date: 09/06/2014 | Sports

Nevada doesn’t fear Cougars’ ‘big boy’ status

RENO, Nev. ? Nevada's seniors set out to spread a unified message to younger teammates in a shortened week leading up to Friday night's matchup with Washington State: Don't fear the big boys.?They kind of have that Pac-12 intimidation factor going for them,? Wolf Pack...

Date: 09/05/2014 | Sports

Cougars' quarterback Halliday at his best in opener

PULLMAN — When Washington State was at its worst during its deflating loss to Rutgers last Thursday, senior quarterback Connor Halliday was at his best. After a costly turnover in the fourth quarter, Halliday ran over to the offending receiver but did not express his frustration.

Date: 09/02/2014 | Sports

Cougars lose season opener

Halliday throws for 532 yards, 5 TDs in 41-38 loss to Rutgers

Date: 08/28/2014 | Sports

Cougars open season against Rutgers in Seattle

SEATTLE — At first glance it appears that two similar teams will open their season at CenturyLink field in Seattle today. Rutgers finished last season 6-7 and lost its bowl game. So did Washington State.

Date: 08/28/2014 | Sports

Cougars deep at running back

Washington State has three backs set to carry the load

Date: 08/27/2014 | Sports

Cougars have a large number of talented receivers

PULLMAN — There has been almost no turnover among Washington State's receivers since last season, but that doesn't mean you'll recognize the members of the Cougars' deepest position group.Vince Mayle no longer looks like a tight end after dropping 20 pounds and...

Date: 08/23/2014 | Sports

Several freshmen have chance to play for Cougars

PULLMAN — Redshirting freshmen — having them sit their first year in exchange for a fifth-year of eligibility — is often considered a sign of a healthy program. After all, it is in effect trading a player's worst season for their best one.However, if no...

Date: 08/21/2014 | Sports

Cougars linebackers are communicating better than ever

PULLMAN - Washington State made an organizational change to its linebacking corps, one that will not change the way the Cougar defense looks this season, but one that coaches hope drastically improves the way it communicates.They brought the Buck linebackers — hybrid...

Date: 08/20/2014 | Sports

Freshmen could see playing time in Cougars’ secondary

By Jacob ThorpeThe Spokesman-ReviewPULLMAN — Classes haven’t even started at Washington State and the freshmen members of the Cougars’ defensive backfield are already feeling a bit overwhelmed with how much studying college requires.

Date: 08/19/2014 | Sports

Cougars need QB Halliday to stay healthy

PULLMAN — This year the only controversy behind center at Washington State might be a lack of quarterbacks.The offseason transfers of backups Austin Apodaca and Tyler Bruggman have made the pecking order among WSU quarterbacks glaringly clear. Fifth-year senior Connor...

Date: 08/18/2014 | Sports

Cougars will find place for versatile Begg

LEWISTON — Finding Nick Begg on a Washington State practice field can be tricky.One can never be certain what position, or even what side of the ball the freshman will be practicing with that day.

Date: 08/17/2014 | Sports

Kicking a question mark for the Cougars

PULLMAN — After two seasons of stability in the kicking game, Washington State enters 2014 unsure how its specialists will perform, or even who they will be.

Date: 08/16/2014 | Sports

Scrimmage reveals who may start for Cougars

LEWISTON — The depth chart has changed more than the roster since Washington State's 2013 spring football practices ended.The Cougars scrimmaged for 62 plays on Saturday and coaches said that the starters and backups reflected how the snaps would shake out if a game...

Date: 08/10/2014 | Sports

Falk traveled unusual path to become WSU’s No. 2 QB

LEWISTON, Idaho — Despite his youth, redshirt freshman quarterback Luke Falk has more varied college football experiences than a Heisman Trophy winner.

Date: 08/09/2014 | Sports

NCAA board hands 5 biggest conferences more power

INDIANAPOLIS — The biggest schools in college sports are about to get a chance to make their own rules.

Date: 08/07/2014 | Sports

Running back Wicks makes an impression in Cougars' camp

LEWISTON — It doesn't matter much that whenever Gerard Wicks runs the ball he is brought down by the Washington State defense shortly after crossing the line of scrimmage.The freshman running back's runs may not last long, but they finish far downfield with a trail of...

Date: 08/06/2014 | Sports

Cougars give head coach Leach a pay raise

By Jacob ThorpeThe Spokesman-ReviewLEWISTON — As the on-field performance of the Washington State football team improves, so does its coaches' salary. WSU athletic director Bill Moos amended the contract for football coach Mike Leach to raise his annual...

Date: 08/05/2014 | Sports

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