WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS NEWS

No. 66 Washington State Cougars season preview

Coming into the third season under head coach Mike Leach, the Washington State Cougars will be looking for their first winning season in his tenure. Last season, the Cougars improved their record to 6-7 after going 3-9 in 2012.  Now in 2014 with eight returning starters on the Cougar offense, Leach’s high tempo offense will be in good hands as the team searches for it’s first...
Via College Football Universe
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington State lands Cal Recruit LB Chandler Leniu

Washington State coach Mike Leach announced Tuesday that they have landed former Cal recruit Linebacker Chandler Leniu. Leniu who initially agreed to play for Cal in February, signed a financial aid agreement and will eligible to play for Washington State this upcoming season. This is great news for the Wazzu program, rebuilding behind coach Leach’s vision.   The post Washington...
Via NCAA Football Zone
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cougars add linebacker Chandler Leniu to recruiting class

Washington State head football coach Mike Leach announced Tuesday that linebacker Chandler Leniu has signed a financial-aid agreement to play for the Cougars this fall. Leniu, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, originally signed a letter of intent with the California Golden Bears. Leniu, who played at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California, had 238 tackles as a senior – sixth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Washington State LB Ivan McLennan arrested

Report by the Spokesman-Review, Washington State’s LB Ivan McLennan was arrested for “unlawful handling of weapons capable of producing bodily harm after pointing a nonlethal Airsoft pellet gun at a student.” Pullman police commander Chris Tennant confirmed to the Spokesman-Review that the police received a phone call the afternoon of Sunday, June 15 from a student saying...
Via NCAA Football Zone
19 days ago  |  Discuss

WSU’s Ivan McLennan arrested

Washington State linebacker Ivan McLennan was arrested on Sunday for unlawful handling of weapons capable of producing bodily harm after pointing a nonlethal Airsoft pellet gun at a student. We have more information on his arrest after the jump. Pullman police commander Chris Tennant confirmed to the Spokesman-Review that the police received a phone call the afternoon of Sunday...
Via Pro Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Photos: Mike Leach, WSU Coaching Staff Caught Some Huge Fish

Last year, in Mike Leach’s second season at Washington State, the Cougars reached a bowl game for the first time in a decade. But to take that next step and become a contender in the ultra-competitive Pac-12, Leach will have to get his players to believe in teamwork – kind of like what you’ll see below. Leach and his coaching staff took a trip to the Salmon River and caught...
Via College Spun
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Leach, Washington St. staff reel in monster sturgeon

Mike Leach and the Washington State coaching staff reeled in a couple of monster sturgeon on a fishing trip.
Via Gamedayr
27 days ago  |  Discuss

UCLA Linebacker Aaron Porter to transfer to Washington State

Linebacker Aaron Porter, a former four-star linebacker who left UCLA in April, will transfer to Washington State.  Reported by the Orange County Register but not yet confirmed by UCLA or Washington State, the linebacker has decided to leave the Bruins and make playing for the Cougars his next football stop.     The post UCLA Linebacker Aaron Porter to transfer to Washington...
Via NCAA Football Zone
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Leach Turns To The Janitor For Coaching Advice

Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach talks shop with the janitor in order to gain an outside perspective on his football team.
Via Gamedayr
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington State Cougars 2014 Spring Football Preview

It only took two seasons for Mike Leach to turn a perennial Pac-12 doormat into a bowl team.The Cougars went to three straight bowls from 2001-03...
Via Athlon Sports
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Path to the Draft: Deone Bucannon

Washington State strong safety Deone Bucannon is hoping to take his hard-hitting abilities to the next level (via jerseyal.com) Deone Bucannon knows his name will be called during the 2014 NFL Draft in May. The question for the Washington State senior strong safety is “when” will he be drafted? Bucannon is ranked as the second best strong safety in the 2014 draft class and is...
Via Grandstand University
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Wash St CB Arrested After Punching Woman

Washington State Cougars CB DaQuawn Brown was arrested on Friday and charged with felony assault after an incident on campus where police allege he punched a woman and a man. From the Spokesman Review: Washington State CB DaQuawn Brown was arrested Friday and booked into the Whitman County Jail on charges of felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor assault. The rising sophomore...
Via BlackSportsOnline
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington State Cougars flag has made it all the way to Sochi for the Olympics

If you watch ESPN’s College Football GameDay then you’ve seen the Washington State Cougars flag every weekend for the last…well, a long time. Now the flag has made its way all the way to Sochi and made an appearance on the Today show. Good job Coug fans. Related Posts Washington State on Mike Leach: No abuse or inappropriate behavior Washington State AD defends Mike Leach...
Via College Football Section
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington State announces recruits

Washington State football coach Mike Leach announced a recruiting class of 22 players, led by quarterback Peyton Bender of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Leach said Wednesday that all the new recruits had other scholarship offers and that the Cougars did not have to settle for any players with questionable abilities. Leach said this was the best class in his three recruiting seasons at...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington State Coug n’ it again! Are you freaking kidding me?

The catch phrase that will not die I’m sure by now the pain of watching the monumental Washington State meltdown in the New Mexico Bowl has started to at least go numb, so I thought we’d talk about a certain phrase that seems permanently woven into the history of Wazzu Football. Coug n’ it. Did Washington State go “Coug n’ it” at the New Mexico Bowl against Colorado? ...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Cougars' Leach says running backs are important

Washington State coach Mike Leach disputes the notion that running backs are underutilized in his Air Raid offense. Washington State may run the ball less than half as much as the Cougars' opponents but the running backs catch a lot of passes. Leach says running backs are often the best athletes on the team, and they have to get the football. This season, the Cougars'...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington State won't let negative fans buy bowl tickets

Around this time last year, Washington State University athletic director Bill Moos was handling the fallout of a near-disastrous first season under football head coach Mike Leach, as the Cougars were in the midst of an 8-game losing streak, while their star player — wide receiver Marquess Wilson — had gone public with accusations of rampant abuse at the hands of Leach’s staff...
Via Next Impulse Sports
November 26, 2013  |  12 Comments

Washington State To Raffle Off Expensive Prizes To Encourage Student Game Attendance

The Washington State University Cougars are 5-5 and one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2003. That one win could happen as early as this coming Saturday against the Utah Utes, who just lost their starting quarterback, Travis Wilson, to a season-ending injury. With such a crucial win on the line, and it being the Senior Day home game, you’d think they’d...
Via Next Impulse Sports
November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Arizona wants pressure (and win) against Washington State

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona senior defensive lineman Tevin Hood has all but one quarterback sack this season. Of course, he'd like another. In its entirety, the defensive line has just 4.5 total on the season, and the team has 14 overall. That's just under two a game. Defensive back Tra'Mayne Bondurant is the team leader with two. Not a lot of sack attacks going on this...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Leach's short and sweet response on Aliotti

ONE DAY AFTER his Washington State football team staged an aerial assault on the Oregon Ducks, Cougars coach Mike Leach politely rejected the opportunity to stage a verbal assault on Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.
Via washingtonstate.scout.com
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Aliotti rips Mike Leach for throwing 89 times, calls it bulls–t

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti ripped Washington State coach Mike Leach after the Ducks trounced the Cougars 62-38 on Saturday because he didn’t like how much Leach continued to throw the ball late in the game. Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday set an NCAA record with 89 pass attempts in the game, and the Cougars […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

After Win, Oregon D-Coordinator Calls Mike Leach “Low Class” And Says His Strategy “Was BS”

They say that winning solves everything. However, even after the Ducks’ 24-point victory over Washington State, Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Allioti had a problem — with WSU head coach Mike Leach. The issue? Allioti didn’t like that Leach kept his starters in the entire game, and made his quarterback keep throwing even in the final seconds of a blowout. Is there anything...
Via College Spun
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington State looking ahead to Oregon

Washington State players say they can't dwell on an ugly home loss to Oregon State last weekend. Not with No. 2 Oregon on the schedule Saturday. Center Elliott Bosch said Monday that the Cougars have to put the 52-24 loss behind them. The loss featured an epic collapse that began late in the third quarter, when Washington State was leading 24-17. They gave up five unanswered...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

The Tailgater college football week 7 picks

We were blessed with some tight games, some close finishes, and a couple of near-upsets last weekend. Of course, last-second heroics like Ohio State’s miraculous back-door cover did nothing to help this particular trio of Tailgaters, but taken all together last Saturday offered tons of excitement. This week, all three of us managed to at least break even in our predictions. When...
Via isportsweb.com
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington State shows big improvement

(Eds: ) By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press At the midpoint of the 2013 season, Washington State has one more win and more rushing yards than it did all of last season. That's not good enough for coach Mike Leach. ''We need to be a more consistent team,'' Leach said this week after the Cougars pounded California 44-22 to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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