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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

John Blanchette: Nick Rolovich’s Apple computation adds to his growing popularity at Washington State

It took 25 minutes for Nick Rolovich’s introduction as Washington State’s 33rd head football coach to crest on Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

John Blanchette: Hiring more about hope than home runs at Washington State

Time was, hiring a new coach began with winning the press conference. No more.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

John Blanchette: Now Mike Leach can become Mississippi State’s Starkville reality

Wonder if the folks at Mississippi State will enjoy discovering that their new coach considers the Egg Bowl to be just another game?


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Washington State AD Pat Chun optimistic about football’s future after Mike Leach’s move to Mississippi State

With the majority of the football team still elsewhere on winter break, and the streets of Pullman relatively quiet, Pat Chun stood at a podium inside the Cougar Football Complex …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

John Blanchette: Something’s afoul at the free-throw line for nation’s No. 1 team

Not quite 7 minutes on the clock had elapsed Saturday night when a whistle sent Gonzaga to the foul line for the first time.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Sports letter: John Blanchette, Mike Leach feud easy to resolve

It’s relatively easy to resolve the escalating feud between Mike Leach and John Blanchette, and to additionally remedy the WSU and Spokesman-Review budget problems.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

John Blanchette: Peanut brittle, paydays make visit to Gonzaga worth the lopsided result for lesser-known nonconference foes

Men of a certain age who as boys collected baseball cards – along with marbles and skinned knees – may recall the morbid fascination that came with opening another five-cent …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 29, 2019

John Blanchette: Seahawks know drama – win or lose, every time

This was going to be Pete Carroll’s make-up gift to Marshawn Lynch. The shame is he took too long fussing with the wrapping paper and the bow. But this is …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

John Blanchette: Sour Cheez-It Bowl epitomized how Washington State regressed this season

Maybe it’s the regret of another defining moment slipping through the Washington State Cougars’ paws in Anthony Gordon’s finale – a 31-21 loss to Air Force on Friday night at …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

John Blanchette: Both Air Force, Washington State offenses prove balance is more about perception that percentages

Even with Air Force’s beloved triple-option Flexbone offense pushing 40 years old, does anybody hit Troy Calhoun with, “Coach, why can’t you pass it even a little more?”


John Blanchette: Gonzaga not chicken when it comes to taking its spot atop the college basketball podium

“Welcome to your worst nightmare Gonzaga: the #1 ranking,” came the blast over Twitter. From Buffalo bloody Wild Wings.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

John Blanchette: Win over North Carolina shows how much Gonzaga has grown

Turns out the Gonzaga Bulldogs weren’t looking past North Carolina to Saturday night’s opponent after all.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

John Blanchette: Call the Gonzaga Bulldogs whatever you want, as long as you give them a call

By now, you’re probably so sick of the descriptive “blue bloods” that you might even skip whatever moral tug-of-war embroils Tom Selleck on the tube come Friday night – or …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

John Blanchette: Washington State sophomore CJ Elleby’s restraint a sign of maturity

The game’s final pass went deep beyond the defensive pressure to CJ Elleby, all alone in the frontcourt with but a few unimpeded steps between himself and the ritualistic exclamation-point …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

John Blanchette: Jimmy Lake has always been ready to answer the call

The call came on Saturday afternoon, sometime in the middle of Auburn-Alabama if Jimmy Lake recalls correctly.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

John Blanchette: Seahawks show knack for making plays when it counts

John Blanchette: So how does first place look on the Seattle Seahawks? Sharp. Smart. Sophisticated. “It’s a beautiful thing,” was tackle Duane Brown’s fashion review.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

John Blanchette: Washington happy to let Mike Leach keep getting in Washington State’s way at Apple Cup

Sometime in the second half of Friday’s Apple Cup, a Fox camera zeroed in on a couple in the stands, the female decked out in Husky purple, the male in …


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: Sun., Nov. 24, 2019

John Blanchette: Max Borghi delivers on guaranteed satisfaction

So, Max Borghi, any guarantees for the Apple Cup?


John Blanchette: Killian Tillie proves good things come to Zags who wait

Killian Tillie’s belated entrée into the 2019-20 basketball season came at precisely 6:05 Tuesday evening, greeted with a clamor that made up in volume what it may have lacked in …


John Blanchette: Whatever you call them, Washington State’s players are one (guaranteed) win from bowl game

The Cougars have at least put themselves in the conversation for one of college football’s many consolation prizes, though that’s barely a challenge with 39 bowls. And like every other …


John Blanchette: Grad transfers Admon Gilder, Ryan Woolridge more than final ingredients in Gonzaga’s recipe for success

This grad transfer business – it’s a little like Christmas shopping, right?


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

John Blanchette: Kyle Smith’s new-look Cougars send clear message to fans, foes in season-opening romp

Playing actual basketball at both ends. Guarding and everything. With a … what do they call those again? Oh, right. A plan.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s quiet cast must learn to chat, and in a snap

There was a sitcom-worthy moment last week after Gonzaga’s exhibition game romp as a few young Bulldogs relaxed in their locker-room lounge, refueling on some grub and, well, doing what …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

John Blanchette: Time to change Hawks’ bird logo to yin/yang symbol

John Blanchette: Perhaps it’s time for the Seattle Seahawks to ditch the beloved Haida eagle logo for something more befitting the 2019 season, like the tai chi symbol. You know. …


John Blanchette: Ol’ Doc Basketball has a wonderful mix of ingredients in creating the perfect Gonzaga player

Ol’ Doc Frankenstein – movie Frankenstein, anyway – had it easy.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

John Blanchette: ‘Positive stubbornness’ allowed Sam Jankovich to reshape Washington State athletics

Sam Jankovich, who died in his sleep early Wednesday morning at the age of 85, was sometimes brusque, often polarizing, combustible, fiercely loyal. Also wise counsel and enduring friend.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

John Blanchette: Jason Hanson’s not the type to go just halfway

Jason Hanson joins the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of a splendid 2019 class in a ceremony at the Spokane Arena which, alas, he won’t …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

John Blanchette: The Seahawks have a big problem when Russell Wilson isn’t himself

His previous four passes had sailed or fallen incomplete, and 20 minutes of clock time into the proceedings at CenturyLink Field, it was apparent that Russell Wilson wasn’t Russell Wilson …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

John Blanchette: With HBO cameras rolling, Washington State rolled out the red carpet for Max Borghi

Other than Wazzu’s first step into the Pac-12 win column, the best news out of Saturday’s 41-10 drubbing of hapless Colorado was Borghi amassing a career high for touches – …