WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS NEWS

Cougars seek to improve on best season in decade

Washington State coach Mike Leach has opened his fifth session of spring practice in Pullman with the goal of building on the program's best season in more than a decade. The Cougars finished 9-4 last year and beat Miami in the Sun Bowl. Leach said a lot of the improvement was the result of spring practice, which the Cougars began last week. ''We have a huge emphasis on spring...
Via AP on Fox
March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Wazzu CB Calvin Green arrested on two charges, including hit-and-run

Washington State cornerback Calvin Green has been arrested on charges of hit-and-run and second degree reckless endangerment following an incident early Sunday Morning, according to the student newspaper The Daily Evergreen. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News that Green was also charged with driving without a license and the Evergreen reported that alcohol may have been a factor as...
Via Campus Sports Net
March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Washington State DL Destiny Vaeao Blows Past Miami O-Line To Sack Brad Kaaya

When Miami quarterback Braad Kaaya woke up Saturday morning there were likely certain things he hoped would not happen later in the day during the Sun Bowl. Chief among those things had to be lose (but the Hurricanes did lose), and get sacked by a 300 pound defensive lineman.Well--technically Vaeao weighs only 298 pounds: Well that's got to be a terrifying sight to see as a QB. ...
Via FatManWriting
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Washington State Offensive Lineman Gunnar Eklund Destroys Miami Defender To Help Screen Play Break Into The Open

Washington State had a tough one on its hands in Miami during the Sun Bowl Saturday afternoon in El Paso. The usual play makers made the big plays for the Cougars, and got help from the usual suspects--like the offensive line. For example...Were it not for the block thrown by Gunnar Eklund on this screen pass Jamal Morrow would have been hit for a loss: "Hi. Gunnar Eklund. Nice to...
Via FatManWriting
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mike Leach rocks sombrero, attempts to sing with a Mariachi band in the airport

Washington State head coach Mike Leach continue to entertain the masses.The Cougars traveled to El Paso International Airport on Monday in advance of their bowl game against Miami on Dec. 26. When the team landed, it was met by the Sun Bowl committee and then serenaded by a local Mariachi band. That's when Leach decided to intervene. That hat? The singing? Never change, Mike Leach...
Via Fox Sports
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Luke Falk returns to practice for WSU, probable for Sun Bowl

Washington State finished with its best record to date under Mike Leach, thanks in large part to the production the Cougars got at quarterback from Luke Falk. They desperately missed that production in their final regular season game against rival Washington in the Apple Cup, but still managed to finish 8-4, earning a trip to the Sun Bowl to face Miami. Falk missed the Apple Cup...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Luke Falk returns to the Cougars as Sun Bowl practices start

Both head coach Mike Leach and Athletic Director Bill Moos confirmed that Washington State QB Luke Falk will be back for the Sun Bowl against Miami, according to The Seattle Times.Falk was back at practice on Tuesday and granted his first interview since he was knocked out of the Colorado game and carted off the field due to a concussion.Falk was forced to miss the Apple Cup against...
Via Fox Sports
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

David Shaw, Mike Leach named Pac-12 Co-Coaches of the Year

Stanford head coach David Shaw and WSU head coach Mike Leach have been named the Pac-12's co-coaches of the year. For Shaw, it is the third time he has been honored as the conference's top coach (2011, 2012). Shaw's Cardinal team has gone 10-2 this season (8-1 in Pac-12 play) and is ranked No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings.    After losing its first game of the...
Via Fox Sports
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Leach and David Shaw named Pac-12 co-Coaches of the Year

Stanford coach David Shaw and Washington State coach Mike Leach were named the Pac-12’s co-Coaches of the Year after both men led their respective teams to outstanding seasons. Leach, in his fourth season in Pullman, led the Cougars to an 8-4 (6-3 Pac-12) record, their best finish since his arrival. The team pulled off key wins against the likes of Arizona and UCLA this season...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

QB Luke Falk not in uniform for No. 20 Washington State

SEATTLE (AP) Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was not in uniform for the No. 20 Cougars before facing rival Washington in the Apple Cup. Falk was on the field in sweats and a Washington State knit hat during pregame warmups for Friday's game. Freshman Peyton Bender took reps with the Cougars starting offense and was expected to make his first career start. Falk was injured...
Via AP on Fox
November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Leach draws up play for your Thanksgiving backyard football game (Photo)

Washington State head football coach Mike Leach shared his perfect play for your Thanksgiving backyard touch football game with the Wall Street Journal. Awesome: Mike Leach drew up a pass play for your Thanksgiving touch football game for the @wsj (H/t @KatzM) pic.twitter.com/aGYXBOoinm— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) November 26, 2015Whether the "Red Cougar Special" results...
Via Holdout Sports
November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Leach compares Apple Cup rivalry to the American Revolution

Cougars head coach Mike Leach usually isn't at a loss for words. However, when asked by reporters on Monday which rivalry provided the best analogy for the Apple Cup, Leach was stumped.Minutes later, though, Leach had his answer."George Washington vs. the British," said Leach, in a text to ESPN. The Cougars are Washington, the Huskies the British."Obviously," he texted. "We are not...
Via Fox Sports
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington State is 'hopeful' that Luke Falk can play in Apple Cup

Washington State head coach Mike Leach wouldn't comment on the status of QB Luke Falk when asked by reporters on Monday. However, WSU AD Bill Moos said that the program is "hopeful" that Falk would be able to play against Washington in the Apple Cup."It’s Coach (Mike) Leach’s policy not to talk about injuries, but there are policies from NCAA in regarding to concussions we follow...
Via Fox Sports
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington State QB Luke Falk could be ready for Apple Cup

During last Saturday’s win over the Colorado Buffaloes, the Washington State Cougars had a pretty scary experience. Quarterback Luke Falk went down with an apparent head injury and had to be taken off the field on a backboard. The Cougars face off with in-state rival Washington on Friday in the Apple Cup. According to the Associated Press, Falk could be ready to go for the game...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Q&A with CU Buffs safeties coach Joe Tumpkin: Slowing down the Cougars

  On Saturday, Colorado will take on the Washington State Cougars, one of the most prolific passing offenses in the country and a team who throws the ball 12 more times per game that any other team in the nation (58.3 attempts per game). We caught up with the Buffs safeties coach Joe Tumpkin to talk about the task of slowing down the Cougars. On the challenges of facing a team...
Via BSN Denver
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington State players felt 'disrespected' by UCLA in pre-game

Prior to Washington State' 31-27 win over UCLA in Los Angeles, the Cougars felt a lack of respect coming from the Bruins sidelines. "We're supposed to split the field. Even if it's your home field, you should have the decency to let us warm up without interfering with our warm ups," senior linebacker Jeremiah Allison said. "They didn't respect us. They threw the ball through our...
Via Fox Sports
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cougars celebrate win, proclaim 'Get your shoes, fellas! We're going bowling!'

Washington State officially became bowl eligible with its 38-24 win over Arizona State in Pullman on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars celebrated in the locker room after the game with an epic video and a great speech. Here's a look:With the win, Washington State became bowl eligible for the second time in the last three seasons. The Cougars sit at 6-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Via Fox Sports
November 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Pass-happy Cougars face challenge in blitz-heavy Sun Devils

Washington State throws on nearly every down. It's at the core of why the offense led by Luke Falk goes by the nickname "Air Raid."Arizona State is big on the blitz and leads the Pac-12 in sacks.Something will have to give when the Cougars (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) host the Sun Devils (4-4, 2-3) on Saturday on FS1."If we can protect Luke, he's going to have a field day," Washington State...
Via AP on Fox
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Leach wants ASU investigated for signal-stealing

You know how counting cards in a game of blackjack at a casino isn’t illegal, but it’s looked down upon and will probably get your fingers broken if you are caught doing it? Well, that’s kind of how signal stealing works in college football. There is no NCAA rule saying that you can’t steal the other team’s signals during a game, but it will get you the reputation of being...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

After calling for an investigation of ASU, Mike Leach says his team 'might' try to hide singals

After calling for Arizona State to be investigated for its supposed sign stealing ways, Washington State coach Mike Leach said that the Cougars may try to hide its signals from the Sun Devils on Saturday.When asked on Monday about the rumors that ASU had been trying to steal signs from opponents, Leach said that the conference should probably do something about it.“You’ve got...
Via Fox Sports
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Leach: Arizona State should be investigated for sign stealing

Two straight teams that have faced Arizona State accused the Sun Devils of stealing signals, and Mike Leach thinks it's time for someone to take a closer look at the Pac-12 South program. Leach, whose Washington State Cougars host Arizona State on Saturday, said on Monday that he wants ASU investigated. "I mean, you've got two straight schools with concerns over it, back-to-back...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

'Should've' and 'would've' doesn't amount to wins for Washington State

Following Washington State's 30-28 loss to Stanford on Saturday, players and coaches alike couldn't help but to think that they could have, and should have, beaten the Cardinal. Unfortunately for them, Erik Powell missed a game-winning kick late in the fourth-quarter and the Cougars couldn't quite pull off the upset.“We didn’t execute as well as we should've and we didn’t...
Via Fox Sports
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 8 Stanford vs. Washington St is surprisingly significant

This didn't have the look of a particularly significant game a few weeks ago. Three straight wins by Washington State have left Saturday night's game against No. 8 Stanford as arguably the Cougars' biggest home game in more than a decade. Stanford (6-1, 5-0 Pac-12) is the only undefeated team in league play, but it's Washington State (5-2, 3-1) that's right on the heels of the Cardinal...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington State faces a moment of opportunity against Stanford

Mike Leach had not yet brought his high-flying offense to full effect at Washington State… until the past few weeks. In the three seasons prior, Leach compiled a 12-25 record with the Cougars, which included a pair of 3-9 campaigns. This season got off to an even rockier start, with a loss to Portland State at home, bringing the doubters out en masse. However, in the midst of a...
Via The Student Section
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington State is in the national spotlight as it prepares for Stanford

When Mike Leach was hired as Washington State's head coach, the expectation was that the team would be good enough to compete for Pac-12 North titles. Now, as the Cougars sit at 5-2 and 3-1 in conference, the team has a chance to do just that.Stanford comes to Pullman this week ranked No. 8 in the country and as hot as any team in the nation. However, the Cougars have won three straight...
Via Fox Sports
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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