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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 16, 2020

Influential Washington State University administrator Joanne Washburn dies at age 83

For 39 years, her nameplate adorned an office door in the athletic department at Washington State University.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Alcohol sales at Beasley Coliseum enliven gameday experience for Washington State basketball fans

In more ways than one, Washington State fans are promised a more refreshing experience at home basketball games this season.


Washington State University receives $100K grant to study elk hoof disease

Washington State University received a $100,000 grant last week to help study elk hoof disease.


Mount Spokane graduate biking across country to raise awareness about disabilities

About nine months ago, Jared Mehring signed away his 2019 summer, committing to a cross-country bike ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

Hall of Famer Bob Robertson retires from calling WSU sports

Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Robertson is stepping away from the microphone. Robertson issued a statement through Washington State on Monday announcing his retirement, effective immediately.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

Jason Gesser resigns from WSU as new allegations of sexual misconduct surface

The resignation Tuesday of WSU assistant athletic director Jason Gesser blunted the career of a former standout Cougar quarterback who returned home to raise money for his alma mater. But …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

WSU places Jason Gesser on leave after former nanny files formal complaint alleging sexual misconduct

Washington State University placed Jason Gesser, a former quarterback and current athletic department employee, on administrative leave Monday after a former Cougar athlete came forward with new allegations that Gesser …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018

WSU responds to report alleging inappropriate sexual conduct by former football quarterback Jason Gesser

Washington State University officials announced Thursday that they found “no violation of University policy” regarding an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual conduct by former quarterback, and current athletic staff member, …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018

Washington State athletics seeking financial stability, fundraising growth under first-year AD Pat Chun

Some might say these are precarious times for an AD in Pullman. On one hand, Chun has a desire to finish the job his predecessor Bill Moos started. On the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018

Washington State professor was heavily involved in recent MLB home run study

A mechanical and materials engineering professor, Lloyd Smith is more renowned for the work he does as director of WSU’s Sports Science Laboratory, a Pullman-based shop that’s become the epicenter …


UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018

Washington State outlines plan to balance athletics budget, break even by end of 2023 fiscal year

The budget strategy, contingent on increased revenue and record donations to the Cougar Athletic Fund, will be presented to the WSU Board of Regents at a retreat at the Willows …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018

Washington State programs stay clear of penalties as NCAA releases Academic Progress Rate data

All 15 school-sanctioned teams stayed well clear of NCAA penalties, posting multi-year scores better than 960. Eight sports registered scores better than 980 and women’s golf, as reported last week, …


Whoa, Nellie: Keith Jackson remembered at Rose Bowl

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football for decades on ABC, was remembered as “the Walter Cronkite of sports broadcasting” and a loving husband, father and grandfather away from …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

John Blanchette: Pat Chun’s hire all about closing fund-raising gap

Washington State has a new athletic director. Pat Chun, introduced Tuesday, was hyped even before he was offered and accepted the job. WSU president Kirk Schulz insisted more than a …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018

Patrick Chun: First objective as Cougars’ new athletic director is to ‘learn Washington State’

Patrick Chun says he’s stepping into his new athletic director position at Washington State as an “outsider.” It’s not much of a stretch.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018

WSU graduate Keith Jackson, legendary voice of college football, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football who for decades weaved backwoods wit through Saturday afternoon ABC broadcasts, has died. He was 89.


Washington State Deputy AD Mike Marlow accepts position to lead Northern Arizona University athletics

Wednesday’s announcement ends an eight-year relationship between WSU and Marlow, who arrived in Pullman in 2010 shortly after the school hired Bill Moos as its next AD. Marlow had previously …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017

With $500,000 donation, Washington State names Legends Lounge after former Cougars QB Jack Thompson

Monday afternoon, WSU announced the naming of the Gray W Jack Thompson Legends Lounge inside the Cougar Football Complex, thanks to a $500,000 gift from three donors: Glenn Osterhout, Greg …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017

Who’s next? Four potential candidates to replace Bill Moos as Washington State’s athletic director

A call to Colorado State’s Joe Parker could be one of the many that WSU President Kirk Schulz makes in the next week or two.


Washington State golfer Derek Bayley takes second at state amateur

Washington State University senior Derek Bayley closed with a 2-under 69 Thursday at Tumble Creek in Cle Elum to finish second in the Washington State Men’s Amateur.


Washington State’s Derek Bayley in second place at Washington State Men’s Amateur

Washington State University senior Derek Bayley dropped into second place at the Washington State Men’s Amateur after a second-round 71 Wednesday at Tumble Creek in Cle Elum.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

WSU’s Derek Bayley shares first place at Washington Men’s Amateur

Washington State University senior Derek Bayley shot a 5-under 67 Tuesday for a share of the first-round lead in the 91st Washington State Men’s Amateur.


Then & Now: Two-time Olympic qualifier Ian Waltz loving post-competition life

The metal platter came out of Ian Waltz’ hand and soared. And soared and soared some more.


Winning halftime field goal at Apple Cup nets $1,000 for Second Harvest

There was one extra player on the field at this year’s Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State who wasn’t listed on either teams’ rosters.


Ranked Washington rivals may divide families more than politics

Joyce Schroeder threw on her robe and hurried outside in below freezing temperatures to grab the morning newspaper. It was Nov. 20, 1976, the day the Washington State Cougars would …


Decision on pursuing charges in Washington State lineman Robert Barber case still a ways out

The decision whether to pursue a felony assault charge against Washington State lineman Robert Barber may not come before the end of the year even as attorneys will make arguments …


Court filing says WSU football player Robert Barber hit unconscious student as he lay on the floor, threatened cop in 2015

While many students, parents and one lawmaker spoke Thursday in support of Robert Barber’s return to class at Washington State University, attorneys representing the school wrote in court records filed …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 4, 2016

Forum at WSU brings threats by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner amid impassioned defense of football player Robert Barber

The Washington State board of regents conducted an open forum Friday at the Compton Union Building on the Pullman campus, drawing passionate pleas from several people on behalf of suspended …


WSU hires independent law firm to review conduct boards in wake of Robert Barber controversy

Washington State’s administration affirmed its support for the university’s student conduct process on Friday, while at the same time hiring independent counsel to formally review conduct board processes, specifically with …


Shalom Luani update: Pullman police to recommend assault charges

Pullman police say they will recommend an assault charge against Washington State football player Shalom Luani, even as coach Mike Leach disputes media accounts of Luani’s arrest.