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Washington State mailbag: Where’s the defensive line at after three games and what happened to Oregon Chip?

We have a shorter mailbag than usual this week, but dig in and make sure to submit your questions next week, either by sending to theol@spokesman.com, or using #CougQuestions on …


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, 4:23 p.m.

Pac-12 picks: North battle between Stanford and Oregon isn’t as intriguing as it once was

Spokesman-Review Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson picks Week 4 of the Pac-12 college football season.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

Washington State adds outside linebacker, offensive tackle to 2020 recruiting class

Two high school prospects committed to Washington State in a 12-minute span Monday night, giving the Cougars their 12th and 13th pledges of the 2020 recruiting class.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Former Washington State QB Luke Falk brought off bench for New York Jets after Trevor Siemian injury

A historic weekend for ex-Washington State quarterbacks in the NFL continued Monday night in an AFC game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.


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: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

One thing clear, Huskies’ success depends on offensive line

Here are three things we learned from Washington’s convincing 52-20 win over Hawaii.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

How we voted: Six Pac-12 teams earn Top 25 spots, but just five make our weekly ballot

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 62 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll this season. Every week throughout the 2019 season, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

After win over Houston, Washington State continues to climb in AP Top 25 poll

Washington State improved to 3-0 last Friday and a 31-24 victory over Houston also pushed the Cougars up one spot to No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings.


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: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Luke Falk elevated to backup role with New York Jets after Darnold ruled out with mono

Luke Falk was left off the New York Jets’ initial 53-man roster, but the former Washington State quarterback was elevated to a backup role Thursday after starter Sam Darnold was …


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 …


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, 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.


Three-star Florida defensive end Johnny Walker commits to Washington State

Washington State added a standout high school edge rusher to its 2020 recruiting class Monday morning, receiving a commitment from Florida’s Johnny Walker.


Washington State announces late kickoff for Pac-12 opener against UCLA

Washington State fans out East may have to alter their curfew to watch Mike Leach’s first-ever meeting with Chip Kelly in the Pac-12 Conference opener two weeks from now.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

How we voted: Washington plummets to No. 20 while USC, Cal on the cusp of cracking our ballot

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 62 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll this season. Every week throughout the 2019 season, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

JoJo Ward and Ryan Meskell’s late FG help Hawaii beat Oregon State 31-28

JoJo Ward had four touchdown receptions, Ryan Meskell kicked a 28-yard field goal late, and Hawaii escaped with a 31-28 win Oregon State on Saturday night.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

At end of wild game, Huskies simply couldn’t stop Cal’s offense

Five hours and 43 minutes after the kickoff and one hour and 23 minutes after midnight, one of the craziest games in Washington history ended. This one had it all.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

Washington State rises two places in Associated Press Top 25, Washington falls after loss to Cal

Washington State climbed two spots to No. 20 and jumped ahead of a Pac-12 rival in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday morning.


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

Parents of Anthony Gordon, Rodrick Fisher were loud and proud after watching sons hook up for first touchdown

Adam and Jolene Fisher had their eyes trained on the football as it spun through the calm September air. Just as their heads turned left to right, a crimson blur …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Pac-12 picks: For USC and Stanford, battle of the backup QBs could take center stage

Spokesman-Review Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson picks week two of the Pac-12 college football season.


How we voted: As one Pac-12 team falls, another one cracks our Top 25 ballot

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 62 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll this season. Every week throughout the 2019 season, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

Washington State’s Anthony Gordon, Liam Ryan earn Pac-12 Player of the Week nods

The Pac-12 handed its first Offensive Player of the Week award of the 2019 season to a Washington State quarterback, while the league’s first-ever Offensive Lineman of the Week honor …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

Anthony Gordon named Rose Bowl Player of the Week, recognized by Manning Award after first start at Washington State

Anthony Gordon’s stuffed the stat sheet in his debut as Washington State’s starting quarterback and is already reaping the benefits of his 420-yard, five-touchdown performance against New Mexico State.


Washington State’s Mike Leach ‘excited’ for Ryan Hilinski to make first start at South Carolina

Ryan Hilinski is expected to make his first start at quarterback for South Carolina this Saturday, taking the place of injured No. 1 Jake Bentley when the Gamecocks play FCS …


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 …