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No. 21 Washington State dismisses top receiver Tavares Martin Jr.

PULLMAN (AP) – No. 21 Washington State has dismissed leading receiver Tavares Martin Jr. from the team for violation of team rules. A school spokesman confirmed the move Sunday. Martin led the Cougars with 70 receptions and nine touchdowns during the regular season as Washington State went 9-3 and earned a spot in the Holiday Bowl. He was named second-team all-Pac-12 by the AP. Falk...
Via MyNorthwest.com
16 hours ago

Washington St. WR says he was dismissed from team for asking for his release

Washington State dismissed a wide receiver from the team on Sunday, and the player says the move came because he asked for his release.News came out on Sunday that leading receiver Tavares Martin was dismissed from the team due to a violation of team rules. Martin says that’s not the full story. He later tweeted that he was dismissed for asking for his release. Martin, a junior,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tavares Martin Jr. dismissed from WSU football team, says he asked for release

The school says the junior receiver is off the roster for an unspecified violation of team rules. The turmoil in the Washington State Cougars receiving core continues between the end of the regular and postseason. The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson was the first to report this morning on the dismissal of junior wide out Tavares Martin, Jr. A WSU spokesman told Lawson that it was...
Via CougCenter
18 hours ago

Wazzu boots top WR Martin for breaking rules

Tavares Martin Jr., who led Washington State with 70 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season, has been dismissed from the program for violating team rules.
Via ESPN
19 hours ago

Will Mike Leach get a contract extension? Will John Currie be WSU's next athletic director?

Presumably, and no. Good morning Coug fans. We expected last night to hear Mike Leach's comments on his supposed intention to leave Washington State and head to Tennessee after the first Holiday Bowl practice, but that darn fog got in the way. Leach and other assistants had to head back to Seattle due to fog preventing their flight from landing at Pullman Regional Airport. They...
Via CougCenter
2 days ago

Hercules Mata’afa and Cody O’Connell are All-Americans

Hercules looks to join the Continent on many of these lists this year After dominant seasons in the the trenches, Cody O’Connell and Hercules Mata’afa are receiving the recognition we know they deserve. The pair of Cougar linemen were named to the Walter Camp All-America First Team on Thursday. O’Connell was a unanimous All-American last season, and could repeat this year. Both...
Via CougCenter
3 days ago

Another big recruiting weekend for the Cougars

Six visitors expected. As we continue to close in on the new December signing period, the Cougars are starting to ramp up their official visit weekends. This weekend features a couple of players who have been committed for a while along with four coveted prospects according to 247sports.com. Official visit schedules are very fluid so don’t be surprised if there are some changes....
Via CougCenter
3 days ago

Idaho runs WSU off the floor, 91-64

The good feelings from the Cougs’ hot start are fading. For the second consecutive game, the Washington State Cougars were unable to meet the intensity of their opponent, and so, for the second consecutive time, they were more or less run off the floor — this time, by Idaho, 91-64. It’s the third loss to the Vandals in four tries for Ernie Kent. The results of the last two games...
Via CougCenter
4 days ago

WSU men’s and women’s basketball set for rivalry matchups on the Palouse

The Cougar men are set to renew one of the longest running basketball rivalries in the country, while the women are set for a grudge match of their own. The Cougar men started fast and fell flat in their last game. The Cougar women started slow and but find themselves on a winning streak. Tonight, they’ll both look to pick up big wins on the Palouse. A lot has been made of the start...
Via CougCenter
5 days ago

Vita Vea selected ahead of Hercules Mata’afa for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year

Cody O’Connell also is named to the all-conference first team. Despite one of the more dominant defensive performances during one of the better seasons in Washington State Cougars history, Hercules Mata’afa was not selected as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea was the winner, the conference announced on Tuesday. It would have been the...
Via CougCenter
5 days ago

HCA: Luke Falk wins Burlsworth trophy

The award goes to the best walk-on in college football After being the runner-up behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield for the past two years, Luke Falk finally got his time at the podium on Monday when it was announced he had won the 2017 Burlsworth trophy. The award is given out yearly to college football’s best former walk-on player. Falk finished ahead of Mayfield, Memphis...
Via CougCenter
6 days ago

WSU QB Luke Falk remains humble after winning Burlsworth Award as top walk-on

Luke Falk is the winner of the 2017 Burlsworth Award, given annually to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on, and no one will accuse the Washington State quarterback of letting the honor go to his head. “It’s a total team award,” Falk told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jessamyn McIntyre on Monday afternoon. “It’s pretty cool to walk-on, being recognized and things...
Via MyNorthwest.com
6 days ago

WSU loses OL verbal Alec Anderson to UCLA

The three-star offensive lineman had concerns about Leach’s commitment to WSU amid Tennessee rumors. Reports last week connecting Mike Leach and the Tennessee head coaching vacancy has resulted in a de-commitment from the Washington State Cougars recruiting class. Alec Anderson, a three-star offensive lineman from Etiwanda, Calif., announced on Twitter early Sunday that he was backing...
Via CougCenter
6 days ago

How the Cougs in the NFL fared in Week 13

It was a fairly tame NFL weekend for the Cougars playing at the next level on Sunday. Xavier Cooper, Joe Dahl and Deone Bucannon were either out injured or didn’t see the field this week. All told, the Cougs combined for a pair of tackles and a kick return. Let’s see how they all fared individually in Week 13. Deone Bucannon - Arizona Cardinals - Linebacker/Safety Bucannon was...
Via CougCenter
7 days ago

UW to play Penn St in Fiesta Bowl; WSU gets Holiday Bowl vs Michigan St

The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars may have missed out on the four-team College Football Playoff, but they will each be involved in bowl games with storied histories this month. Washington, which finished the regular season at 10-2 overall and ranked 11th in the CFP standings, will meet ninth-ranked Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30 at...
Via MyNorthwest.com
7 days ago

Report: Washington State is headed back to the Holiday Bowl, this time to meet the Michigan State Spartans

Former ESPN'er Brett McMurphy is reporting via Twitter that the Washington State Cougars will return to the Holiday Bowl to play the Michigan State Spartans: The Holiday Bowl is Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. on FS1. The Cougs—ranked 18th in the final CFP rankings—looked to be set for the Foster Farms Bowl, but with the Washington Huskies jumping to no. 11 in the CFP rankings, and thus ensuring...
Via CougCenter
7 days ago

Cougar Football awaits bowl fate

Most signs point to Santa Clara Good morning. While the Cougar football team didn’t play on the final Saturday of the college football season (Army-Navy excepted), Saturday’s results may have affected their December destination. While I won’t steal colleague Michael Preston’s thunder by posting a bunch of bowl projections, I will go a bit into what Saturday’s results mean for our...
Via CougCenter
7 days ago

WSU falls to UC Davis, 81-67, for first loss of the season

The offense was bad early, and the defense was bad throughout. On their way to their perfect 6-0 start, the Washington State Cougars had made it a habit to fall behind presumably inferior teams, only to storm back and claim victory. The first part of that story continued Saturday, as they allowed UC Davis to come into Beasley Coliseum and take a big lead — 17 points at the half....
Via CougCenter
8 days ago

Washington State WR calls out Mike Leach for hypocrisy

A Washington State wide receiver is upset with Mike Leach over what he feels is hypocrisy shown by the Cougars head coach.Sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack posted a note on Twitter Thursday in which he shared his plans to transfer closer to his home in Florida. On Saturday, things took a twist after Johnson-Mack posted a second note on Twitter. This note pointed out some...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WSU WR Isaiah Johnson-Mack notes hypocrisy of Mike Leach restricting transfer options

Mike Leach has recently been in discussions with the University of Tennessee to become its next head coach. Meanwhile, he’s restricting the transfer options of receiver Isaiah Johsnon-Mack, who sees something inherently wrong with the double-standard.Earlier this week, Johnson-Mack announced his decision to transfer so that he could be closer to home. He has two children, so this...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WSU basketball hosts UC Davis

The Cougars return home after a successful holiday tournament. The Washington State Cougars have returned home to put their perfect 6-0 record on the line today against the UC Davis Aggies. Tip off will be at noon from Beasley Coliseum. You can watch the game on TV on Pac-12 Network or streaming online via Pac-12.com. There are a lot of good feelings surrounding WSU — and rightfully...
Via CougCenter
8 days ago

Mike Leach was leaving Washington State until he wasn't. Now, things could get awkward.

The last 36 hours or so for Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars have been wild. On Thursday night, it was reported that Leach met with Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie and agreed to become the next head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers and that it could be announced Friday. It was also reported that the Cougs would promote Alex Grinch from defensive coordinator to...
Via CougCenter
9 days ago

Here’s how WSU basketball surprised us all

Most everyone thought the Cougs would be terrible. They’re not! Let’s talk about why. Late Sunday night, the Washington State Cougars got to raise a trophy above their heads, an image that stood in stark contrast to not only most of the images we’ve grown used to in the Ernie Kent era, but also to the dire predictions bandied about by most prognosticators in the preseason — including...
Via CougCenter
10 days ago

Report: Tennessee to hire Mike Leach as head coach

Out of nowhere, Tennessee’s tumultuous coaching search may be ending. And if reports are true, they’ve made quite the splash.Tennessee reportedly is close to hiring Mike Leach as their new coach of Volunteers football. If it happens, this will be Leach’s third team he has coached, which includes stints with Texas Tech and Washington State. With Leach departing, the Cougars would...
Via The Sports Post
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports linking WSU’s Mike Leach to Tennessee’s coaching vacancy

Will Mike Leach leave Washington State to become the head coach of the University of Tennessee football program? According to a report by Newy Scruggs of the Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate KXAS-TV, something is in the works to bring Leach from Pullman to Knoxville. According to another report, this one from A to Z Sports Nashville, Leach had met with Tennessee’s athletic director...
Via MyNorthwest.com
10 days ago
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