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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

HBO announces “24/7 College Football” program featuring Washington State, three other programs

After much speculation, HBO has announced it will spotlight Washington State and three other schools, Arizona State, Penn State and Florida, in a college football all-access series that will air …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Mike Leach comments on California’s Pay for Play Act: ‘California has trouble keeping their streets clean … they ought to focus on that’

Washington State and UCLA aren’t playing football for another six days, but Cougars coach Mike Leach already found a way to ruffle the feathers of Bruin fans and, on a …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Triumph over Houston seals ninth consecutive nonconference win

Championships aren’t won in the third game of the season, but trophies are handed out occasionally.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Washington State mailbag: On Travion Brown, Cougars v. Cougars and USC’s potential interest in AD Pat Chun

In this week’s mailbag, I talk about the true freshman linebacker, why he’s been able to dazzle the first two weeks of the season and what his role might look …


Houston’s Dana Holgorsen was right down the road when Mike Leach, Hal Mumme conceived Air Raid offense

Dana Holgorsen wasn’t there for the birth of the Air Raid offense, but he was as close as you could get. If Holgorsen wasn’t inside the labor room itself, he …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Mike Leach says redshirt season could be on the table for injured receiver Jamire Calvin

Wide receiver Jamire Calvin is still recovering from a lower body injury that sidelined him through fall camp and the first two games of Washington State’s season, and there’s a …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Washington State’s leading receiver through two games? Just as you guessed, Brandon Arconado

When Washington State’s wide receivers were handicapped before the season, many expected that a group returning Dezmon Patmon, Tay Martin and Easop Winston Jr. could be among the best in …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Washington State players, coaches were following closely as Gardner Minshew made NFL debut

Just about every member of Washington State’s football team had the same reaction sometime after 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Pull out a cell phone, click on a television, text a friend.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Even in 42-point blowout, spotty run defense left a sour taste for Cougars

Now that Washington State has cleared the puff pastries from the table, the Cougars can focus on the main course of their nonconference schedule.


Washington State mailbag: Where can you watch the Cougars on Saturday? What’s up with Jahad Woods? Who has the better WR corps, Wazzu or SC?

In this week’s mailbag, I address how viewers at home can watch the Cougars this Saturday against Northern Colorado (some of you won’t be able to), Jahad Woods’ status/potential replacement …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

Q&A: Ex-Washington State running back James Williams talks NFL, relationship with Mike Leach and newborn son Rush

Among other things, Williams discussed being signed and waived by three NFL teams, pulling off a hurdle in Detroit’s preseason finale, the feud between his agent, Eric Dickerson, and former …


Mike Leach says Gage Gubrud, Trey Tinsley ‘neck-and-neck’ for Washington State backup QB job

It’s still a close race between Gubrud, the Eastern Washington graduate transfer, and Tinsley, the redshirt senior who’s been with the Cougars since 2016, according to Leach, and it’s unclear …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

The question of “X”: Washington State loaded at outside receiver position in 2019

A wire-to-wire rout of New Mexico State in which Washington State produced more than 600 yards of offense for just the 28th time in program history and eighth time under …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Cougars efficient, explosive in 58-7 romp of New Mexico State

It wasn’t a great litmus test for anyone trying to get a gauge on the 2019 Washington State football team, but Saturday’s 58-7 win over New Mexico State was an …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 12:50 p.m.

After waiting his turn at Washington State, quarterback Anthony Gordon is ready to step into the college football spotlight

Saturday morning, hours before Mike Leach ended any speculation and named Washington State’s starting quarterback, another piece of college football news involving a signal-caller from the Pac-12 sent a shockwave …


Since Mike Leach’s arrival on the Palouse, Washington State has gone “all in” on the Air Raid offense

Connor Halliday was there at the beginning.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 6:21 a.m.

Ralph Walter: The best way to welcome the football season? Playing our football board game

Loosely based on Coach Mike Leach’s pass-first, shotgun spread offense that has transformed his Washington State Cougars into a perennial bowl team, our simple Air Raid game blends modern football …


Breaking down four foundational Air Raid plays with former Washington State QB and current analyst Alex Brink

“What has really made the Air Raid effective, especially at Washington State the last three or four years, is the ability to make adjustments off these base plays.”


With its ‘Monopoly’ on tall, athletic wide receivers, Washington State has supreme confidence heading into 2019

Coming off a historic 11-win season in 2018, Mike Leach carries a 49-40 record into his eighth year as Washington State’s coach.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

New Mexico State’s Chase Holbrook gathered plenty of tales, tips in year at Washington State

Chase Holbrook’s tenure at Washington State as an offensive quality control assistant didn’t last longer than 365 days. In other words, plenty of time to cultivate a few classic Mike …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 9 p.m.

Anthony Gordon named WSU’s starting quarterback for season opener

WSU coach Mike Leach confirmed Saturday afternoon what most already suspected: Gordon, the City College of San Francisco transfer who spent the past three seasons behind Luke Falk and Gardner …


Practice report from Day 17 of Washington State preseason camp: Cougars continue to gear toward game week in final open practice

A daily fall practice update from The Spokesman-Review’s Washington State beat writer, Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR). We set the scene, list the day’s important notes, highlight one big play, pick the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Yogi Roth Q&A: Pac-12 Networks analyst talks WSU’s potential in 2019, assesses QB race, raves about Cougar WRs

Yogi Roth, an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to Pac-12 Conference football, believes another double-digit win season could be in store for the Washington State football program.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 9:25 a.m.

Washington State debuts at No. 23 in preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll

For just the second time under Mike Leach and fourth time in school history, Washington State will open the college football season nationally ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 18, 2019, 11:33 p.m.

Leach offers big hint about Washington State QB job: ‘If we were to play today, we’d play (Anthony) Gordon’

Mike Leach has tiptoed around most questions pertaining to Washington State’s quarterback job, but for the first time this camp the Cougars coach left a big hint as to who …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 18, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

Washington State preseason mailbag: On Nnamdi Oguayo, position battles in the secondary and pre-Renaissance geopolitical conflicts

Once the season starts, the mailbag will come out at some point in the middle of the week. You’ll be able to submit your questions on Twitter by using #CougQuestions, …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

Washington State announces deal with HBO to bring ‘Hard Knocks’-type show to campus

It’s official: Washington State’s football program will be spotlighted in an HBO program this fall modeled after the network’s “Hard Knocks” documentary series.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Practice report from Day 13 of Washington State preseason camp: HBO cameras descend on Martin Stadium

A daily fall practice update from The Spokesman-Review’s Washington State beat writer, Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR). We set the scene, list the day’s important notes, highlight one big play, pick the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

Las Vegas odds give Ol’ Crimson flag strong chances of keeping streak alive

The most determined piece of fabric in college football got an initial stiff-arm from the Magic Kingdom, which is hosting the Emmy Award-winning sports show Aug. 24 in conjunction with …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Cougars believe HBO “Hard Knocks” could have both positive, negative ramifications at Washington State

Washington State and its notoriously polarizing coach, Mike Leach, could be the subjects of a new HBO program modeled around the network’s popular “Hard Knocks” documentary series.