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UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

Pac-12 Conference extends ban on organized team activities

Pac-12 student-athletes, including the football players at Washington State who’d yet to hold a spring practice under new coach Nick Rolovich, won’t be able to regroup for organized team activities …


UPDATED: Sat., March 28, 2020

What happens next: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Before the season started, Kyle Smith and the data-infatuated assistants on his Washington State coaching staff tried to handicap where the Cougars would land on Ken Pomeroy’s rankings map when …


UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

‘He never had a sad day.’ Before unexpected death, ‘fun-loving’ Bryce Beekman left lasting impact on Washington State teammates

For two or three hours every day last fall, Bryce Beekman endeared himself to Washington State teammates with an irresistible smile and unmistakable laugh. Some, like Easop Winston Jr., were …


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

What’s happening: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Kyle Smith may not be instructing young adults on the anatomy of pick-and-roll defense right now, but it doesn’t mean the first-year Washington State basketball coach is fully escaping teacher …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

What happened: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Not until he woke up Thursday morning could Jeff Pollard fully grasp the breadth of the history he and his Washington State teammates had made the night before, beating Colorado …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Teammates, coaches, friends react to death of Washington State safety Bryce Beekman

Countless current and former teammates, coaches, friends and others shared their condolences on social media after it was learned rising redshirt senior safety Bryce Beekman died Tuesday night at the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Washington State redshirt senior defensive back Bryce Beekman dies at 22

Bryce Beekman, a redshirt senior defensive back on Washington State’s football team, died Tuesday night in Pullman, Pullman Police Commander Jake Opgenorth confirmed to The Spokesman-Review.


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

As coronavirus permeates college football, Washington State’s Nick Rolovich forced to call audibles

For Nick Rolovich and his Washington State staff, it’s all about the audibles right now. An example: on Tuesday afternoon, before the first-year coach joined a Zoom conference call with …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Transcript: Washington State’s Nick Rolovich addresses impact of COVID-19, spring football, supporting local restaurants

Three days removed from when spring football was supposed to begin at Washington State, first-year Cougars coach Nick Rolovich spoke to local and national reporters Tuuesday in a conference call …


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Washington State athletics in ‘triage mode’

While the university puts plans in place to combat and mitigate the novel coronavirus that’s already afflicted more than 1,500 Washingtonians, Pat Chun is busy figuring out what’s next, and …


Transcript: Pat Chun delivers update on state of Washington State athletics as school deals with coronavirus

One week removed from the NCAA’s decision to cancel its basketball tournaments, spring sports and indefinitely suspend other organized team activities, WSU AD Pat Chun spoke with reporters to discuss …


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

In five stages, how Washington State’s Gardner Minshew became QB1 for Jacksonville

Even as the coronavirus pandemic has shut down college basketball, the NBA, MLB and NHL, NFL free agency has delivered some uplifting news to fans in eastern Washington and northeast …


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Ten snapshots from Washington State’s memorable 2019-20 basketball season

Washington State and seven of its peers in the Pac-12 didn’t get the closure they desperately wanted when the conference decided last Thursday to cancel the remainder of its tournament …


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

Andre Dillard: Playing for ex-Washington State coach Mike Leach ‘a little bit like a dictatorship’

While visiting his hometown of Woodinville, Washington, recently, Dillard spoke with Derek Johnson, who runs the website WoodinvilleSports.com, and offered a brutally honest review of Leach’s coaching style, causing a …


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Pac-12 cancels spring sports amid coronavirus pandemic; Washington State suspends team activities through April 2

Two days after canceling its men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas and suspending all sports until forther notice, the Pac-12 Conference announced Saturday it will cancel conference and non-conference sport …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Pac-12 Tournament canceled due to coronavirus, ending Washington State basketball season

Wednesday’s nightcap between No. 11 Washington State and No. 6 Colorado at T-Mobile Arena was the final game of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, after the conference decided to cancel …


Pac-12 Tournament notes: Washington State, Arizona State to play quarterfinal in barren T-Mobile Arena

Before WSU’s 2019-20 season started, the Cougars staged two closed-door scrimmages against opponents from the Big Sky. Perhaps it’s a positive sign the Cougars did well in both – blowing …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

‘It’s a big moment.’ Washington State leaves no doubt against Colorado, breaking decade-long drought at Pac-12 tournament

The lead already seemed good enough when Jeff Pollard caught the ball down low and slipped an inside bounce pass to Tony Miller, who drove to the basket, cocked his …


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Washington State to exercise new attendance protocols for home athletic competitions

Aligning with the school’s decision to move in-person classes to online formats following the spring break, Washington State Athletics announced new attendance protocols Wednesday for home athletic competitions that will …


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

CBI canceled due to coronavirus, diminishing Washington State’s chance of postseason berth

Unless Washington State can win four games in Las Vegas, the Cougars’ 2019-20 basketball season will presumably end this week at the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.


Riding 10-game conference tournament skid, Washington State trying to ‘change history’ against Colorado

Kyle Smith was a 39-year-old assistant at Saint Mary’s – three coaching stops and 11 years removed from where he is now – when Washington State last won a game …


College baseball: Stephen Lund leads Gonzaga in rout of Washington State

Stephen Lund batted 4 for 6 with three doubles and six RBIs, and Gonzaga beat Washington State 15-3 Tuesday in a nonconference game at Bailey-Brayton Field.


Pac-12 still moving forward with men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas without restrictions

A statement from the Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday has reaffirmed that in the wake of concerns surrounding coronavirus, the league will still hold its men’s basketball tournament without interruption this …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Washington State’s CJ Elleby earns All-Pac-12 First Team nod; Jervae Robinson also recognized

CJ Elleby picked up where Robert Franks left off at WSU, leading the Cougars in both scoring and rebounding this season. The standout sophomore followed in Franks’ footsteps again on …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Area baseball: Gonzaga earns four-game split with Cal State Northridge

Area baseball: Jack Machtolf drew a bases-loaded walk with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, and Josh Bristyan followed with a sacrifice fly as Gonzaga rallied to beat …


No. 11 Washington State to open Pac-12 Tournament against No. 6 Colorado

For the third consecutive year, Washington State will hold the No. 11 seed, take on the No. 6 seed and play in the late game on the opening day of …


College baseball: Washington State rolls to 10-4 win over Niagara

Jack Smith and Kyle Manzardo each scored three runs on 4-for-5 efforts, and Washington State defeated Niagara 10-4 at Bailey-Brayton Field.


UPDATED: Sat., March 7, 2020

Arizona State holds off Washington State rally for 83-74 win

Alonzo Verge scored 20 points, Remy Martin added 18 and Arizona State held off Washington State’s late rally for an 83-74 victory.


UPDATED: Sat., March 7, 2020

Locally: Former Washington State great Jeanne Eggart Helfer to be inducted into Pac-12 Hall of Honor

Jeanne Eggart Helfer, the first woman to receive an athletics scholarship at Washington State in 1978 and a basketball and track and field standout for the Cougars, is the school’s …


UPDATED: Sat., March 7, 2020

Washington State makes sixth addition to defensive line, signing Laney College’s Amir Mujahid

Mike Leach’s staff beefed up Washington State’s defensive line in December, adding two interior linemen and one edge rusher during the early signing period. When Nick Rolovich replaced Leach as …