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Theo Lawson
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Theo Lawson theol@spokesman.com (509) 939-5928

Theo joined The Spokesman-Review in 2017 as a sports reporter covering Washington State University athletics.


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Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 26, 2020, 5:59 p.m.
Despite the similarities between two offensive systems that fall under the “spread” umbrella, life should still look different for the quarterbacks and running backs at Washington State making the transition from Mike Leach’s Air Raid to Nick Rolovich’s run-and-shoot.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 26, 2020, 1:58 p.m.
Washington State fans will have waited nine months for another Cougar football game when it finally happens.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 26, 2020, 10:42 a.m.
The strange nature and uncertainty of college football’s recruiting cycle meant it would probably happen sooner or later: Washington State lost its first commitment Monday as California’s Elisha Lloyd announced plans to reopen his recruitment.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 25, 2020, 3:50 p.m.
Among the objectives he's brought to the Pacific Northwest, Nick Rolovich has said he wants to foster a player-run program at Washington State.

Oct. 24, 2020, 2:07 p.m.
The only thing Washington State fans have wanted to talk about the last two weeks seemed to be the last thing their head coach wanted to discuss after the team's second scrimmage, but also the main thing he'll have to figure out before the Cougars board an airplane to Corvallis two weeks for now.

Oct. 24, 2020, noon
Celebrate Mark Few's legendary career at Gonzaga while you celebrate the holidays this December by pre-ordering The Spokesman-Review's new book, "Lasting Mark: Coach Mark Few's legendary career with Gonzaga basketball."

Oct. 24, 2020, 11 a.m.
The first one was mighty successful, so Washington State figured it couldn't hurt to go back to the Mauigoa family football tree.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 23, 2020, 6:51 p.m.
One way or the other, in mid-October or late-November, Mother Nature was bound to interfere with Washington State's late-starting 2020 football season.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 22, 2020, 5:01 p.m.
Given what we saw last year from Washington State’s defense, it would be almost preposterous to think that group would be a step ahead of the highly productive offense come Nov. 7, when the Cougars open the season at Oregon State.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 21, 2020, 9:10 p.m.
Willie Taylor III finds himself at a new position for Washington State this fall. It’s probably best he doesn’t get too comfortable.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 21, 2020, 4:14 p.m.
Klay Thompson took a break from his main priority this offseason – rehabilitating a torn ACL – to fulfill the last wish of a Golden State Warriors fan facing Stage 4 breast cancer.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 20, 2020, 12:08 p.m.
Washington State still doesn’t know what time it will kick off the Nov. 7 season opener against Oregon State, but the Pac-12 Conference announced possible starting times and television slots for both of the Cougars’ Friday games later on in the year.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 19, 2020, 9:57 a.m.
It accounted for 115 points (a Pac-12 high) last season. It didn’t miss until late November. It bailed Washington State out two years ago at Stanford, as the Cougars closed in on the best record in program history.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 18, 2020, 4 p.m.
A variety of circumstances – some related to COVID-19, others not – could usher WSU's youngest players onto the field earlier than expected this season. Unlike other years, when WSU's freshmen would spend much of their first season learning the nuts and bolts of the playbook, in 2020 they'll benefit from being on a level playing field as their older teammates.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 17, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Two years ago, even as Mike Leach attempted to keep the nature of Washington State's quarterback competition close to the vest, it wasn't a major surprise when Gardner Minshew trotted onto the field to take the first snaps of the season in Laramie, Wyoming.

Oct. 16, 2020, 4:16 p.m.
Jahad Woods had one of the most impressive statistical feats by a Washington State football player not named Anthony Gordon last season, registering 141 tackles in 13 games.

Oct. 16, 2020, 11:43 a.m.
Nearly two months ago, former Washington State wide receiver Tay Martin left the Cougars for Oklahoma State.

Oct. 16, 2020, 10:39 a.m.
A former four-star cornerback who planned to join Stanford’s football team before the school sought out information about his involvement as a witness in a police investigation is now at Washington State as a walk-on, a source close to the program confirmed to the The Spokesman-Review.

Oct. 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
There are 1,500 words of mailbag goodness below , so rather than the normal introduction, let’s get right to the questions.

Oct. 15, 2020, 4:15 p.m.
From 2013-16, the boys basketball team at Archbishop Murphy High mirrored a revolving door, with three head coaches in four years.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 14, 2020, 8:19 p.m.
In a span of 27 days, Washington State defensive back Skyler Thomas has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, removed it and now entered it for a second time. 

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 14, 2020, 4:21 p.m.
For about a month, Oregon football fans stumbled on one piece of crushing news after another whenever they opened social media. Or, it must have felt that way.

Oct. 14, 2020, 12:08 p.m.
If Washington State's basketball team isn't able to improve on a 6-12 record in Pac-12 Conference play from last season, it probably won't be because the Cougars are repeatedly losing battles in the low post.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 12, 2020, 4:59 p.m.
Even with a national pandemic wedged between football seasons, most Washington State fans could still summon memories of the 2019 campaign and recite the moments that shaped Mike Leach’s eighth and final year with the Cougars.

Sports >  NCAA
Oct. 11, 2020, 2:50 p.m.
It may not be that Nick Rolovich didn’t understand the premise of the question. He just didn’t agree with it.