THE COUGAR BLOG: Dec23 '15 to Apr18 '16

A RUNNING LIST of news, notes, quips and quotes from in and around the Cougar Nation. Updated regularly.

April 18 1:41 PM
  • WSU'S STEMP NAMED PAC-12 POW
Washington State second baseman Trek Stemp was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week. Stemp went 9-for-14 (.692) in the series vs. No. 7 Oregon State, recording multiple hits in all three games including four in the series finale. It was WSU’s first series win against OSU since 2010 and first series win against a top 10 team since 2012.

Stemp this season is second in the Pac-12 in hits (51) and batting average (.389) and owns a .375 batting average in conference play. It is the first career Pac-12 weekly accolade for Stemp and the first of the season for the Cougars.

April 17 5:41 PM
  • COLLEGE ATHLETICS SPENDING "NOT SUSTAINABLE"
An economist in USA Today says college sports' spending is not sustainable, with expenses outpacing revenue. Most conference TV packages are wrapped up for years to come except for one, the Big 10, which expires in 2017 and figures to be a bellwether for the years to come.

Also mentioned in the article is new WSU president Kirk Schulz, who is quoted as saying the talk of a bubble is overwrought, and WSU's second-straight $13 million budget deficit, despite $6.1 million in subsidies the past cycle. For the full article, CLICK HERE

April 14 12:12 PM
  • LIA GALDEIRA FIRST WSU WOMEN'S HOOPS PLAYER DRAFTED BY WNBA
WSU's Lia Galdeira became the first player in Cougar history drafted to the Women’s National Basketball Association on Thursday when the Washington Mystics made the guard the No. 19 overall pick in the second round. A standout guard for the Cougars from 2012-15, Galdeira appeared in 96 games for the Cougars. Despite leaving a year early for the pro ranks, she ranks second on WSU’s all-time scoring history with 1,710 career points, second in career 3-pointers with 160, second in career steals (271) and fourth in career made free throws (308). Galdeira elected to forgo her senior season and play internationally for professional Bulgarian basketball club, Haskovo 2012, before declaring for this year’s draft.

April 14 12:12 PM
  • WNBA DRAFT TODAY, LIA GALDEIRA ABOUT TO BE PICKED?
Former WSU standout Lia Galdeira figures to be selected in the WNBA draft on Wednesday. Draftsite.com projects her to be the second pick in the third round, at No. 26 overall, by the Seattle Storm.

April 13 1:13 PM
  • USC SURPRISES EVERYONE WITH AD HIRE
Some had called USC's impending hire for its open AD slot as hugely important for the rest of the conference. USC surprised most everyone in announcing on Wednesday its choice of Lynn Swann, to succeed Pat Haden on July 1. Swann has no AD experience, and little previous experience in a college athletic department.

Reaction to the hiring among fans and pundits was mixed, with some expressing surprise and others concern over Swann’s lack of experience. Yahoo columnist Pat Forde called USC “The University of Self Congratulation.” Swann will be the third consecutive former USC football player to hold the USC AD post.

April 10 5:13 PM
  • COUGS LOSE SERIES TO ARIZONA
WSU fell 7-3 at Arizona on Sunday, dropping the three-game series 2-1. The Cougars (10-19, 3-9 Pac-12) received three hits from freshman catcher Ty Johnson. But WSu left nine runners on base and Arizona collected 11 hits in the win. Washington State returns home to host No. 7 Oregon State Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

April 9 9:44 PM
  • COUGS GO UP EARLY, EVEN SERIES
Washington State jumped to an early lead and evened the series with a 6-2 victory over the Arizona on Saturday. The Cougars (10-18, 3-8 Pac-12) posted nine hits and held the Wildcats (19-12, 4-7 Pac-12) to just three hits. WSU freshman starter Ryan Ward allowed one run on one hit and struck out four in 4.1 innings. Sophomore Weston Hatten and freshman Ty Johnson each collected two hits while Trek Stemp drove in two runs and stole two bases.

April 8 10:44 PM
  • BASEBALL: COUGS DROP SERIES OPENER TO ARIZONA
Washington State was blanked 8-0 by Arizona Friday in the opening game of a three-game series. Junior Ian Hamilton went 5.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits. The Wildcats recorded 11 hits and took advantage of two Cougar errors. Trek Stemp recorded his team-leading 11th multiple-hit game of the season with two hits. The series continues Saturday at 6 p.m.

April 6 12:04 AM
  • BASEBALL: COUGS LOSE TO 'ZAGS
Washington State was blanked 8-0 in a nonconference matchup at Gonzaga on Tuesday. WSU (9-17) managed only five hits as the Bulldogs improved to 17-10. Gonzaga broke it open with five runs in the fifth to open up a 7-0 advantage. Washington State heads to Arizona for a three game series beginning Friday.

April 5 5:55 AM
  • MEN'S GOLF TIED FOR FOURTH AFTER TWO ROUNDS
The Washington State men’s golf team is tied for fourth place with DePaul after two rounds at the Seattle U Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay Golf Course. WSU shot 24-over par (308) in the second round to bring its two-round total to 624. Pac-12 competitors Washington (606) and Oregon State (618) lead the field of 16. TCU sits in third place at 623, one stroke ahead of WSU.

April 3 8:44 PM
  • COUGS LOSE GAME, SERIES TO ASU
Washington State got thrashed by ASU 18-3 on Saturday in losing their third straight Pac-12 series. Washington State (9-16, 2-7 Pac-12) pitchers gave out 15 walks to go along with 12 hits. The outcome was never in doubt as WSU allowed five runs in the first inning, with four hits off of Cougar starting pitcher Parker McFadden. The fifth inning was worse as the Sun Devils erupted for seven runs in the fifth, with five walks and three hits in the frame. Patrick McGrath recorded a pair of RBI-doubles and Mason Cerrillo added a single to extend his hitting streak to seven games for the Cougs. WSU heads to Spokane for a nonconference matchup against Gonzaga Tuesday at 6 p.m. (SWX TV).

April 2 12:44 AM
  • WSU EVENS UP SERIES WITH ASU AFTER 9-3 WIN
Washington State used a five-run fourth inning to post a 9-3 victory over Arizona State in front of 1,162 fans at Bailey-Brayton Field Friday evening. The Cougars (9-15, 2-6 Pac-12) recorded 12 hits led by three-hit games from freshmen Mason Cerrillo and Ty Johnson to back a strong start from Ian Hamilton. The junior righty picked up his first win of the season after allowing two runs and struck out four in five innings. Sophomore Ryan Walker earned his second save after pitching four scoreless innings of relief. The series concludes Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

April 1 12:12 AM
  • COUGS BLOWN OUT IN GAME 1
Washington State dropped the Pac-12 Conference series opener 10-1 to Arizona State at Bailey-Brayton Field Thursday evening. The Cougars (8-15, 1-6 Pac-12) couldn't get to Sun Devil starting pitcher Seth Martinez who went the distance, striking out five and allowing just five hits. WSU narrowly avoided a shutout in plating an unearned run in the ninth. Arizona State (15-9, 2-5 Pac-12) recorded nine hits and took advantage for five Cougar errors. The series continues Friday at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

March 31 3:14 PM
  • WSU SPRING GAME TIME SET, ERIK COLEMAN COLOR
CouGreat safety Erik Coleman will be the color analyst on the Pac-12 Network's broadcast of the Washington State spring game. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start on April 23 at Spokane's Joe Albi Stadium.

March 29 6:39 AM
  • TULEY-TILLMAN SENTENCED
Logan Tuley-Tillman was sentenced to two years probation today in a Washtenaw County courtroom. Tuley-Tillman is scheduled to graduate from Michigan in May and has verballed to Washington State but it is still looking around at other schools. On Monday, Tuley-Tillman pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies in February in exchange for one count being dropped and being sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. An HYTA plea for individuals between ages 17 and 24 usually means that the guilty pleas will be removed from the person's record after a probation period, often one year. For more, click to the Detroit Free Press article: HERE.

March 26 11:13 AM
  • COUGS STILL IN SEARCH OF PAC-12 SERIES WIN
Washington State was blanked 5-0 on the baseball diamond vs. Stanford Saturday, losing its second Pac-12 series of the year 2-1. The Cougars (8-14, 1-5 Pac-12) received two-hit games from Trek Stemp, Justin Harrer and Mason Cerrillo but left 10 men on base. The Cardinal (12-6, 2-1 Pac-12) used a two-run homer in a three-run third inning and tacked on another run in the sixth and seventh innings. Washington State starting pitcher Parker McFadden exited exited after three innings, allowing the three runs on three hits. He struck out three while walking one.

Stemp extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has recorded a hit in all 21 of his starts this season. The Cougars host Arizona State in a three-game series beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

March 26 12:09 AM
  • KLAY GOES FOR 40
Klay Thompson scored 40 points in Golden State's 128-120 win over Dallas on Friday. Thompson shot 13 for 25 from the field, including 9 for 16 from 3-point range as the Warriors are now 65-7 on the season. Thompson's treys helped Golden State set a new NBA record for made 3s in a single season. They have 938 on the season -- and there are still 10 games to go. Golden State is also shooting for the most wins in a season. They would need to go 8-2 the rest of the way in the regular season to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' all-time record of 72-10.

March 22 11:13 AM
  • WSU-GONZAGA POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN
Tuesday night's baseball game pitting WSU vs. Gonzaga at Bailey-Brayton Field has been postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled for April 19 at 5 p.m. The Cougars next hit the road Thursday for the first of three games against Stanford.

March 21 10:12 AM
  • BRINK MAKING MENTOR'S MARK
Give Alex Brink a couple weeks and he'll make a difference. In an article in the Oregonian, 2017 Wilsonville quarterback prospect Connor Neville, who has an offer from WSU, talked about the difference Alex Brink has made in his development. After a so-so 7v7 performance, he spent two weeks working with Brink ahead of a head-turning outing in a 7v7 outing in Las Vegas.

"I would have to attribute my performance to Coach Brink, first of all," Neville told the newspaper. "He's done a really good job being patient with me and watching film with me, teaching me my reads and how to move my feet. I also credit my receivers. I'm not trying to brag, but I throw the ball hard, and those guys did a great job of catching everything (in Las Vegas)."

For the full article, CLICK HERE

March 18 11:55 PM
  • COUGREAT KLAY THOMPSON MAKES HISTORY
Klay Thompson reached 1,000 career three-pointers on Friday, the second fastest in NBA history behind his Golden State teammate, Stephen Curry. Thompson hit the mark in just 372 games, Curry did it in 369 games.

Thompson scored 39 points in the Warriors’ 130-112 win Friday night over Dallas, connecting on 10-for-15 from downtown.

March 17 12:07 PM
  • PAC-12 REFS LIT UP ON TWITTER AFTER DUKE WIN
There's no March Madness for the Cougs this season but the Pac-12 refs have already become a storyline. Duke as a fourth-seed struggled to shake off 13th-seeded, stubborn UNC-Wilmington squad before prevailing 93-85. UNCW was whistled for 33 fouls, while Duke had 18 calls against them. UNCW went 14-19 from the free throw line, Duke was 31-43. The TV commentators on multiple occasions questioned fouls whistled against UNCW. Twitter, meanwhile, went into overdrive. A sampling:

Yes people. It’s Pac-12 refs officiating Duke vs. UNCW.

10-0 run by the Refs.. I mean Duke

Duke gets bailed out by the refs again, what's new.

Congrats to everyone whose bracket had the refs advancing in Duke-UNCW game. 50 fouls is a hell of a performance. Could be Final 4 bound.

Duke isn't a deep team, until you count the refs...


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March 16 10:08 AM
  • WILL NFL EARLY RETIREMENTS AFFECT CFB SOMEDAY?
In a troubling development for the future of the sport, the NFL is seeing more and more early retirements, says Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman. "Some guys are leaving due to worries about head trauma. Some guys are leaving because they are mid-level players, not stars, and the money that level makes isn't worth the risk. And some guys are leaving because of a complicated mix of the two," writes Freeman. For the full article, CLICK HERE.

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March 12 6:41 PM
  • IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY, LET'S PLAY TWO
Washington State's baseball game against Northeastern on Saturday was postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. The series is tied 1-1 after the Cougars took Friday's contest 4-1 at Bailey-Brayton Field after a pair of 2-run innings in the seventh and eighth. Washington State (5-9) is looking for its first series win of the season.

March 11 9:22 AM
  • ESPN RANKS LEACH LAST
Mike Leach is one of very few FBS coaches who never played college football so it's not much of a surprise ESPN ranks him last on its list of 129 coaches based on the level of football they played. The list, and Leach's positioning, serves as solid proof that success as a player doesn't translate into coaching acumen. You can find the list HERE.

March 10 10:00 PM
  • WSU DROPS ANOTHER SERIES OPENER
The Cougs lost another series opener on the baseball diamond Thursday, falling 5-3 to Northeastern. Junior pitcher Ian Hamilton recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in the loss and Cameron Frost, Weston Hatten and Dugan Shirer each collected two hits. WSU committed a pair of 2-out errors in the first inning, leading to 3 Northeastern runs.

March 10 12:35 PM
  • INCOMING COUG IS GATORADE PoY IN HAWAII
Chanelle Molina, who signed a letter of intent in November to play her college hoops at WSU, today -- for the second-straight year -- was named the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year in Hawaii. She's a 5-7 guard from Konawaena High -- the same Big Island school that sent Dawnyelle Awa to WSU. This season Molina led her team to a 26-1 record and a second straight Division I state title. He coach is Awa's mom. Molina averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game.

In this USA Today story on her selection, an opposing coach said of Molina: “It’s not only her athleticism and skill set that set her apart, but also her basketball IQ and ability to read defenders and make the right plays ..."

Molina (pictured at right above with her two sisters) is part of a highly regarded, four-member recruiting class Cougar coach June Daugherty is bringing in this summer. The others are Cameron Fernandez (a guard from Makawao, Hawaii), Katie Campbell (a guard from Oxnard, Calif.), and Kayla Washington (a forward from San Bernardino, Calif.

March 10 NOON
  • OLD COUG AND NFL VET NOW ON WALL STREET
Eric Frampton, the hard-hitting WSU safety from the Doba Era, is now with Morgan Stanley in New York, where he works with incoming, current and retired NFL players on properly managing their wealth. Frampton himself spent seven years in the NFL. He shared the details of his new career in an 18-minute podcast with VikingsDigitialDiaries.com.

Asked about his time at WSU, Frampton said he'll never forget arriving late to a special teams meeting and subsequently having to run everyday for two weeks as a consequence. From then on, he said, his focus and discipline never wavered, helping him become a starter for the Cougars and then an NFL player.

March 8 8:25 AM
  • FORMER ASSISTANT DAVE YOST TALKING AT OREGON
Former WSU inside receivers coach Dave Yost explains to Oregon media why he didn't give interviews for his three seasons at Washington State:

"It wasn't a dislike or that I didn't want to do it," Yost says in the Oregonian. "I had just gotten tired of it. When they offered it up, I said I'd take advantage of it. I was able to not have to do it and then coach Leach thought it was funny so he liked the idea of it. So I said, 'OK, that's one less thing I have to do each week.' When I came here they asked if it was a big deal and I said, 'No, I'll talk.' If you want me to talk to the media I'll talk to the media and if you tell me I don't have to, then I'll probably choose not to."

Yost says Leach told him he'd never have to do interviews and that while he didn't ask for that, he was happy to not talk to media. You can read the full article HERE.

March 7 2:17 PM
  • REPORT: WSU DB ARRESTED ON TWO MISDEMEANORS
KQQQ is reporting Cougar DB Calvin Green was arrested on misdemeanor hit and run and reckless endangerment after an incident early Sunday morning. For the post, click HERE.

March 7 12:12 PM
  • WSU HOOPS "STARVING" WHEN IT COMES TO SHOT VOLUME
ESPN places the Cougs near the bottom nationally of major college basketball teams in "shot volume," a category that measures a team’s offensive rebound percentage added to its percentage of effective (turnover-less) possessions in conference play. WSU ranked 74th out of 75 teams, ahead of only Boston College, a spot ESPN termed as "starving." No. 1 on ESPN's list is North Carolina. The highest ranked Pac-12 team was Arizona at No. 15. Colorado, WSU's opponent on Wednesday in the Pac-12 tournament, ranked 21st. You can see the full list HERE

March 5 11:22 PM
  • COUGS TO FACE COLORADO IN PAC-12 TOURNEY
Washington State men’s basketball team (9-21, 1-17) will face Colorado on Wednesday in the Pac-12 tournament. Colorado became the No. 5 seed after losing 57-55 to Utah on Saturday night. WSU is the 12th seed. The tip is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. PT Wednesday at the MGM Garden Arena at Las Vegas (Pac-12 Networks).

Colorado swept the regular season series with WSU though both scores were tight, a 75-70 win in Pullman and a double-overtime victory at Boulder (88-81). The Cougars have not won a Pac-10/12 tourney game since the 2008-09 season and head into Vegas riding a 16-game losing streak under second-year coach Ernie Kent.

March 3 11:22 PM
  • EARLY EXIT FOR WSU WOMEN'S HOOPS TEAM
Washington State women’s basketball team (14-16, 5-13 Pac-12) fell 77-73 to USC (19-12, 6-12) in the opening round of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament. WSU freshman Borislava Hristova led the Cougars with a game-high 24 points and posted a career-high four assists and four steals. Hristova had a chance to tie the game as she was fouled while making a layup with 20 seconds left, but her free throw rimmed out. WSU went 1-of-5 from the free throw line in the final stretch, while USC went 5-of-6 from the stripe.

March 3 10:55 PM
  • WSU BASEBALL: AN ERROR FILLED HOME OPENER
Three WSU errors in the third inning led to three Utah Valley runs and that was all they'd need against Washington State in the Cougs' home opener. Starting pitcher Ian Hamilton struck out six, surrendered four hits and allowed four runs but just one earned in the 8-0 loss. WSU managed only four hits and left seven men on base to fall to 3-6 on the season. Game Two of the four-game series is set for Friday at 4 p.m.

March 1 3:19 PM
  • NO NEWS ON DIRECTTV
Pac-12 commissioner was asked in a Seattle Times chat if the Pac 12 Network will "ever strike a deal with Direct TV?"

Scott's response: "I believe we will, and I have been disappointed for our fans that Direct TV has not already agreed to carry the Pac-12 Networks. We know how important this is and have worked tirelessly on it. I know how much fans love the network where they get it, and we want everyone to have access to it."

Feb. 29 1:19 PM
  • TWO COUGS ON ALL-PAC-12 TEAMS
Freshman Borislava Hristova was named Pac-12 All-Freshman and honorable mention All-Pac-12, while sophomore Caila Hailey was named honorable mention All-Defensive Team. Hristova, a forward from Varna, Bulgaria, leads the Cougars in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game. Hailey, a guard out of Inglewood, Calif., has 77 rebounds and 36 steals this season.

Feb. 29 1:07 PM
  • BUSY WEEK FOR WSU HOOPS
Washington State's men's basketball team wraps up the regular season on Wednesday while the women's team opens Pac-12 tournament play Thursday. The men are looking to break a 15-game losing streak at UW in a late tip at 8 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN U). The women's team is the No. 9 seed in the conference tourney and will take on No. 8 USC (18-11, 6-11), Thursday at 6 p.m. at KeyArena (Pac-12 Networks).

Feb. 28 3:15 PM
  • COUGS FINISH TEXAS ROAD TRIP WITH LOSS
Washington State lost 9-5 to Houston Baptist on Sunday, the final game of an eight-game road trip opening the WSU baseball season. The Cougs (3-5) return to Pullman for an eight-game homestand beginning Thursday against Utah Valley.

Feb. 27 2:01 PM
  • WSU WOMEN'S BB ENDS REGULAR SEASON WITH LOSS
Washington State women’s basketball team missed the opportunity to finish the regular season with both a win and a winning record. WSU (14-15, 5-13) fell to Utah 75-69. The Cougs held a 38-26 lead at halftime and had a one-point lead late in the fourth period. But Wazzu hit only one of their last five shot attempts, while Utah hit 5 of 7. Utah crushed WSU on the boards, outrebounding the Cougs 54-32 in the game. The Pac-12 tournament begins Thursday.

Feb. 26 4:05 PM
  • WSU WOMEN'S HOOPS TO HONOR SENIORS
The Washington State women’s basketball team (14-14, 5-12 Pac-12) will play its final game of the regular season on Saturday, hosting Utah (15-13, 7-10). Prior to the 11 a.m. tip, WSU will honor its four seniors: Dawnyelle Awa, Mariah Cooks, Taylor Edmondson, and Alexas Williamson. The morning game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at KeyArena is March 3-6. The Cougars will be seeded either ninth or 10th.

Feb. 25 5:50 PM
  • COUG RB MORROW SENTENCED
Washington State RB Jamal Morrow was sentenced to one day in jail and a $1,900 fine after pleading guilty to a DUI charge from January, KQQQ reports. Shortly after the incident, Morrow tweeted "Learn From your mistakes and use it as a tool to become a better person." Morrow, who will be a fourth-year junior this coming season, averaged 6.5 ypc in 2015, gaining 347 yards on 53 touches. He also caught 33 passes for 294 yards with four TDs.

Feb. 25 10:42 AM
  • ESPN: LB PELLUER CAN BE ONE OF PAC-12's BEST
"Peyton Pelluer has a chance to develop into one of best linebackers in the Pac-12," says ESPN's Kyle Bonagura. The Cougs' linebackers group is rated as being in "Good Shape" in the Pac-12 North, with Great Shape and We'll See the other categories.

"Losing Jeremiah Allison to graduation is tough, but Frankie Luvu is a big hitter who can cover some ground. Parker Henry was fourth on the team in tackles last season and plays what is essentially a hybrid linebacker/safety role. Three new additions -- JC transfers Chima Onyeukwu and Suli Tamaivena and freshman Jahad Woods -- could play right away," writes Bonagura.

Feb. 24 12:43 PM
  • WHY DIDN'T BEAST MODE END UP AT WSU?
Before Marshawn Lynch became "Beast Mode" with the Seahawks and led Seattle to their first and only Super Bowl win, coming out of high school he took a recruiting trip to Washington State way back in 2004.

So why didn't Leach come to Pullman? The Spokesman spoke to some former coaches to see how Lynch's official visit to Washington State went. (And although Lynch stayed close to home at Cal, it turned out okay for WSU: Jerome Harrison wasn't a bad fallback plan). For the story on Lynch's trip to WSU, CLICK HERE.

Feb. 23 7:02 AM
  • BASEBALL: COUGS GET IN WIN COLUMN
Washington State rallied with two runs in the ninth and 10th innings Monday to beat Texas State 9-8, salvaging the final game of the series on Monday and posting its first win of the baseball season.

Down two runs in the ninth, Cameron Frost doubled in a run and later scored on a wild pith to send the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Stefan Van Horn went yard and Jack Strunc scored on Derek Chapman’s sacrifice fly. TSU scored in the bottom half of the inning and loaded the bases before Scotty Sunitsch struck out the final two batters.

Feb. 21 3:12 PM
  • COUGS CAN'T RALLY BACK, START BASEBALL SEASON 0-3
WSU looked like they were going to rally back twice. But with the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth inning, Trek Stemp grounded into a double play and WSU got only one run when they needed at least two, falling 7-6 at Texas State. The Cougs are now 0-3 in Marty Lees' first season.

WSU took an early 2-0 lead, fell behind 3-2 and surged back in front 5-3 highlighted by Cameron Frost's 2-run dinger. But TSU touched up reliever Ryan Walker for three runs in the sixth inning. True freshman Parker McFadden in his first start went 4.0 innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) with two strikeouts and 2 walks. The 4-game series wraps up Monday at 3 pm (PT).

Feb. 20 6:13 AM
  • BASEBALL: COUGS OPEN MARTY LEES ERA WITH A LOSS
Washington State lost its season opener 6-2 at Texas State on Friday in Marty Lees' debut as WSU's new baseball coach. The Cougs scored a pair of runs in the third inning but TSU scored in five of the first six innings to take the first in a four-game series. WSU managed only seven hits and two walks in 32 at bats (.218) as starter Ian Hamilton worked 4.2 innings in allowing seven hits and five earned runs. The Cougs look to even up the series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1 pm PT.

Feb. 18 2:13 PM
  • INCYMI: WSU SPRING FOOTBALL IS COMING
In case you missed any of our earlier notices, Washington State begin its spring drills on Thursday, March 24. The Crimson and Gray Game will be at Joe Albi Stadium, Saturday, April 23. The 15th and final spring practice will be Tuesday, April 26. The full spring practice schedule will be released by WSU in March.

Feb. 17 9:01 AM
  • WSU PITCHER ON WATCH LIST
Washington State pitcher Ian Hamilton has been named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year preseason watch list, given to the top relief pitcher in D-I baseball. Hamilton has moved into the Cougars' starting rotation and will start Washington State’s season opener Friday at Texas State. Hamilton last month was also named preseason All-America second team by Collegiate Baseball. The junior finished last season with a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings and tied for the Pac-12 lead and 16th nationally with 13 saves. He became WSU’s all-time leader with 28 this past season.

Feb. 16 11:17 AM
  • ESPN WRITER DROPS WSU FROM HIS TOP 25
It's unclear what might have occurred since Jan. 20 but ESPN's Mark Schlabach has dropped WSU out of his "way too early" Top 25. Schlabach previously had the Cougs ranked No. 20, but has replaced Washington State and Louisville in his poll with Florida and Boise State. You can see it HERE.

Feb. 11 1:27 PM
  • HAWKINSON NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Forward Josh Hawkinson has been named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Men’s Basketball, the organization announced Thursday. Hawkinson is one of two Pac-12 student-athletes to be honored and is the first Cougar to be named first-team all-district since Daven Harmeling and Taylor Rochestie were honored in 2008-09.

Hawkinson has a 3.30 grade point average and is majoring in business. He’s leading the Pac-12 with 11.0 rebounds per game (11th nationally) and is the Cougs' leading scorer with 15.9 points per game (14th in Pac-12). Hawkinson also leads the conference in defensive rebounds per game and double-doubles, ranking second and sixth in the nation, respectively. Hawkinson was recently named a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. For his WSU career, Hawkinson ranks 12th in rebounds, third in double-doubles and 17th in blocked shots.

The Cougars take on Colorado at Boulder tonight at 7 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Networks).

Feb. 9 10:32 AM
  • WOODINVILLE LB WALKING ON AT WSU
Dylan Axelson, a 6-0, 202-pound linebacker at Woodinville High, tweeted out that he's walking on at WSU. A Seattle Times white chip, Axelson posted 97 tackles (53 solo) as a senior. His postseason accolades included being named first team All-State and Seattle Times All-Area.

Feb. 7 1:59 PM
  • DISASTROUS 4TH QUARTER FOR WOMEN'S HOOPS
Washington State was on the verge of a major upset Sunday, leading No.9/8 Oregon State 34-28 after three periods. But the Beavers outscored the Cougs 26-11 in the fourth to win going away, 54-45. Borislava Hristova led all scorers with 22 points on 0 of 12 shooting. No other Cougar scored more than seven points. Oregon State hit 12 of 18 free throws, Washington State connected on 5 of 6 attempts. The Cougars were outrebounded 43-31. WSU has now lost six straight. The Cougs head to Los Angeles for games against UCLA and USC Friday and Sunday.

Feb. 6 9:56 PM
  • CRITICAL MATCHUP FOR WSU WOMEN'S HOOPS
If WSU's women's basketball team is to accomplish its postseason goals, they likely will need to pull off a big upset on Sunday. The Cougs have fallen out of NCAA tournament contention following a five game losing streak but can make a definitive statement against No. 9/8 Oregon State (19-3, 10-1 Pac-12) Sunday at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars and Beavers are scheduled to tip off at 11 a.m. The game will be live streamed HERE.

Feb. 5 9:56 AM
  • WSU's HAWKINSON NAMED ABDUL-JABBAR AWARD FINALIST
Junior forward Josh Hawkinson has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday. The award is given to the top center in men’s college basketball and will be presented April 8.

Hawkinson leads the Pac-12, and is fifth in the nation, with 16 double-doubles in 21 games. He ranks third on WSU’s career list with 36 double-doubles, and is on pace to finish with 23 double-doubles this season. Hawkinson is averaging 15.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He has 610 career boards (12th all-time at WSU) and on his current scoring pace, he will finish this season with 966 career points. He’s also the only Pac-12 player this season to grab 20 or more rebounds and score 20 or more points in a game.

Feb. 4 1:37 PM
  • McBROOM ON ESPN ALL-NAME TEAM
ESPN placed WSU d-end Garrett McBroom on its 2016 recruiting All-Name Team. McBroom was a third-team selection. McBroom, out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, enrolled at Washington State as a midyear junior college transfer over Purdue and others.

Feb. 2 7:30 PM
  • 4-STAR 2017 QB NARROWS LIST TO WSU, 4 OTHERS
Tristan Gebbia, a touted rising senior QB from Calabasas, Calif., tweeted Tuesday that he has narrowed his recruiting list to five: WSU, Nebraska, Mississippi, West Virginia and Washington. "These are the best choices for my future," he tweeted. The 6-3, 180-pounder already has even dozen scholarship offers for the next recruiting cycle, including one from Alabama.

Feb. 2 11:45 AM
  • WSU WOMEN'S HOOPS: OH SO CLOSE
The CouGals are just 3-7 in league play and 12-9 overall but they're playing some good ball. This stat illustrates the point: they have played nine games this season in which the contest was within two possessions in the final two minutes. The Cougs are 4-5 in those games. During those 120 seconds, the Cougars have being leading six times and trailing three times. In the games in which WSU held a slim advantage in the final minutes, the Cougars own a 4-2 record. In games in which the Cougars narrowly trailed, they have lost all three.

The Cougars are back in action Friday when they host Oregon (15-6, 4-6 Pac-12) at 8 p.m. at Friel Court. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Greg Heister and Chiney Ogwumike on the call.

Feb. 1 1:36 PM
  • FALK IN ATHLON'S TOP 10 QBs
Washington State's Luke Falk is No. 9 on Athlon's ranking of 128 FBS quarterbacks.

"Falk led the nation in 2015 by averaging 380.1 yards per game and was tied for fourth with 38 touchdown passes. Expect even bigger numbers in his second year at the controls of coach Mike Leach’s offense," says Athlon.

Falk is the highest rated Pac-12 QB on Athlon's list, just ahead of UCLA's Josh Rosen at No. 10. For the full article, CLICK HERE

Feb. 1 12:51 PM
  • NCAA HEAD EMMERT EXTENDED
If it's broken, don't fix it? The NCAA's board of governors has voted to extend the contract of President Mark Emmert three years, through October 2020, the Associated Press reports.

Emmert has led the NCAA since 2010. He was previously the president of Washington. His NCAA tenure has been marked by dramatic changes in the way the NCAA does business and near constant pressure from lawsuits against the association.

Jan. 28 2:51 PM
  • KLAY'S BIG NIGHT PUTS DUBS ON RECORD PACE
Washington State hoops great Klay Thompson scored a season-high 45 points Wednesday to propel his Golden State Warriors to their 42nd win of the season, a 127-107 take down of Dallas. At 42-4, the Warriors are now one game ahead of the pace set by Michael Jordan's 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for most wins in NBA regular-season history. The Bulls were 72-10.

Thompson is averaging 17.4 points per game this season (No. 15 in the NBA) and is shooting 42.7 percent from downtown (No. 9 in the league).

Jan. 28 2:30 PM
  • 4 'NIGHT WITH COUGAR FOOTBALL' EVENTS SETS
Bill Moos and WSU football coaches will be making the rounds across the state in the annual series of "A Night with Cougar Football" gatherings. The centerpiece of the events will be insight on WSU's newest class of recruits. The dates are Feb. 3/Spokane; Feb. 5/Pasco; Feb. 13/Vancouver and Feb. 27/Seattle. Xavier Cooper and Brandon Gibson are among old CouGreats who will be on hand in Seattle. For details and registration, CLICK HERE

Jan. 28 2:20 PM
  • COUGSFIRST! IS MARCH 10 IN SEATTLE
Registration to attend the fourth annual CougsFirst! Show and After Party is underway. This year's business networking event and products trade show is March 10 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. More than 120 Cougar-owned businesses will be showcasing their wares. The show runs from 4-8 p.m. and with an after-party immediately following; hors d'evours will be served and a no-host bar on hand. Last year more than 2,000 WSU alums attended. CLICK HERE to register and learn more.

Jan. 28 2:15 PM
  • 4 COUGS TABBED PRE-SEASON 2016 ALL-PAC-12
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News is out with an oh-so-early forecast of the Pac-12's best players for 2016. He selected four Cougs for his pre-season all-conference team: QB Luke Falk, WR Gabe Marks, OL Cole Madison and safety Shalom Luani. CLICK HERE for Wilner's complete list.

This past season, Falk and Marks were first-team all_Pac-12 picks by the conference and by The Associated Press. Luani was a second-team AP choice and honorable mention conference pick while Madison was an honorable mention pick by the conference. One name conspicuously absent from Wilner's 2016 selections was Cougar offensive lineman Eduardo Middleton, who earned first-team all-Pac-12 honors from AP and honorable mention from the conference.

Jan. 25 2:15 PM
  • WOMEN'S HOOPS: THREE McDONALDS ALL-AMERICANS
Cougar women's hoops signees Chanelle Molina, Katie Campbell, and Kayla Washington all earned nominations as McDonalds All Americans, the organization announced this month. Molina, a 5-9 guard from Kailua Kona, Hawaii, is a two-time Hawaii Gatorade Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. Campbell, a 6-0 guard from Oxnard, Calif., is the reigning Marmonte League MVP and Ventura County Star Player of the Year. Washington, a 6-0 forward from San Bernardino, Calif., has led her team to three-straight Citrus Belt League Championships.

Jan. 23 10:30 AM
  • ESPN: DEONE BUCCANON KEY FOR CARDS IN NFC TITLE GAME
"The Arizona Cardinals' answer to stopping the Carolina Panthers' 6-foot-5 quarterback and tight end -- yes, they're the same size -- stands 6-1 and weighs 211 pounds," writes ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. "On paper, it doesn't add up. On the field, however, linebacker Deone Bucannon has proven he's the Cardinals' best line of defense against Carolina's Cam Newton and Greg Olsen."

Arizona and Carolina will square off Sunday at 3:40 p.m. for the NFC championship Bucannon, an All-American safety at WSU who has been converted to inside linebacker by the Cards, will be at center stage. CLICK HERE to read the ESPN story.

Jan. 22 2:59 PM
  • ATHLON'S PAC-12 NORTH RANKINGS HAVE COUGS...
"Stanford is the team to beat in the North, but Washington, Oregon and Washington State will be a factor in the division race," writes Athlon.

Athlon's "Early Pac-12 North Rankings" slot the Cougs No. 3 in the North, with Stanford in the top slot followed by Washington. Oregon is fourth, Cal is fifth and Oregon State is sixth on the list.

"With a favorable schedule and the return of quarterback Luke Falk, the Cougars should be a factor in the Pac-12 title race... Alex Grinch was a solid hire for Leach last season, improving the defense from 10th in the Pac-12 in points allowed per game to seventh in 2015," writes Athlon.

Jan. 21 5:04 PM
  • NEW AND IMPROVED RECRUITING DATABASE
In case you missed it, we've revamped our recruiting database to make it easier to digest the mountain of information contained within. Here are direct links to the various pieces of the puzzle:

2016 WSU VERBAL COMMITS

2016 WSU PROSPECTS

2016 WSU OFFICIAL VISITS LIST

2016 NATIONAL RECRUITING RANKINGS

In addition, don't forget our long-standing eligibility tracker, which breaks down the current Cougar roster and incoming commits by position and class year. You can find it HERE

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Jan. 19 5:04 PM
  • WSU'S MORRISON TO BE INDUCTED
Former Washington State basketballer Keith Morrison is one of 12 honorees who will be inducted into the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor, the conference announced Tuesday. The induction will occur March 12 prior to the championship game at the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Morrison finished his WSU career (1983-86) ninth on WSU’s career scoring list with 1,077 points. The two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection was No. 1 all-time in assists with 456. He was also second in steals (191), second in minutes played (3,530), sixth in field goal percentage (50.1), and ninth in free throws made (309). Morrison becomes the 15th Cougar inducted into the Hall of Honor.

Jan. 19 10:20 AM
  • PAC-12 TOURNEY A GOOD SELL
The Pac-12 announced Tuesday it had sold out its commercial ad inventory for the 2015-16 men’s basketball season, including sponsorships for the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. With 10 new advertisers and four new tournament sponsors, Pac-12 Networks said in a release it will produce more than a 50 percent increase in revenue year-over-year for the current basketball season. The 10 new advertisers include adidas, 76, Apple, Cooper Tires, Norelco, Eli Lilly and Company, TurboTax, Dollar Shave Club, Kia and SoFi.

The Pac-12 has only one team ranked in the top 25 (Arizona, 16) but has eight teams ranked in the NCAA RPI top 50, the most in the country of any conference. The Pac-12 tournament will be held March 9-12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Washington State (9-8, 1-4) hosts Utah on Thursday at 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1).

Jan. 18 11:12 PM
  • COUGREAT BUCANNON SHINES HEADED INTO NFC TITLE GAME
Deone Bucannon, whom Arizona converted from safety to linebacker this season, is firing on all cylinders headed into Sunday's NFC title game vs. Carolina. Bucannon drew notice for his work in the divisional playoffs vs. Green Bay, with Pro Football Focus stamping it a career day for the CouGreat.

"The conversion of Deone Bucannon to linebacker continues to go well... He had four defensive stops, his second-highest total of the season, and graded positively in coverage and run defense for the first time all year. Working off of blocks can be troublesome for Bucannon at times (unsurprisingly, as he is a recent convert from safety), but as he showed Saturday night, the skill he brings to underneath coverage more than makes up for any occasional shortcomings against the run," wrote PFF.

Jan. 13 3:23 PM
  • 3 COUG GAMES AMONG COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BEST IN '16
Washington State has three games this coming season that are among the best college football has to offer, says the Mercury News' Jon Wilner. And two of the games are in Martin Stadium.

WSU's tilt at Boise State on Sept. 10, Oregon at Washington State on Oct. 1 and UCLA at Washington State on Oct. 15 are all appointment viewing, writes Wilner.

Jan. 13 1:00 PM
  • COUGS No. 26 IN FINAL USA TODAY RE-RANK
Washington State fell to as low as 114th out of 128 FBS teams in USA Today's weekly re-rank of college football teams. They finished the season No. 26. The 88-place climb is believed to be the largest of any FBS team in the USA Today metric. WSU started the season 84th but fell 30 spots after a season opening loss to PSU. Washington State then won nine of their final 12 games.

WSU finished in the "others receiving votes category" in the final Associated Press and Coaches polls. With 51 votes in the AP, Washington State was effectively slotted at No. 27. In the Coaches poll, Washington State finished in the others category with 23 votes, placing the Cougs 29th.

Jan. 13 11:12 AM
  • WILL MOOS BE ON CFP COMMITTEE? ESPN THINKS SO
An athletic director from the Pac-12 is almost certain to replace USC's Pat Haden on the College Football Playoff committee and ESPN's Heather Dinich says Bill Moos "should be the lead candidate out of the Pac-12 to replace Haden." The CFP management committee will announce the replacements this month for Haden, Mike Gould, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese.

Moos is quoted in the ESPN piece as saying this about the job:

"It would be an honor and a privilege to serve in that capacity and represent the Pac-12. I am currently the senior member of our athletic directors' group and have a wealth of experience and knowledge in regards to college football since I was a player myself in the early '70s. I understand the responsibilities and have a great deal of admiration for Bill Hancock and those who are currently serving. I think they've done an outstanding job the last two years with a model that I was promoting way back in the BCS days when I was at Oregon. Slightly different, but pretty close. ... If I was offered a position with this group, there would be a couple of challenges I would have to really look into. ... My interest is good, I'd have to debate with myself and my family and with my program here the time commitment. We all know there is a tremendous time commitment and I would not want to do this if it did not have my full engagement."

The CFP selection committee took a beating over the course of this year from media and fans, with the CFP chairman defending the weekly votes with subjective explanations, such as saying teams "passed the look test."

Jan. 12 9:18 AM
  • COUGS IN ESPN.com TOP 20 FOR 2016
ESPN.com writer Mark Schlabach has released his "way too early" top 25 and Washington State appears at No. 20 in the land.

After the loss to PSU opener, "Mike Leach quietly put together one of the best coaching jobs in the country," Schlabach writes. "With quarterback Luke Falk coming back, the Cougars should again have one of the best passing attacks in the FBS...and one of his favorite targets, Gabe Marks, decided to return for his senior season. WSU has some key pieces to replace on defense, but the Cougars have improved dramatically on that side of the ball. They play early road games at Boise State and Stanford in 2016, but they'll have the benefit of playing Oregon, UCLA and Washington at home."

The five other Pac-12 teams in the top 25 are Stanford (8); USC (15); Oregon (18); UCLA (21) and UW (25). You can find the ESPN poll HERE.

WSU finished the 2015 season in the "others receiving votes category" in the AP poll. With 51 votes, WSU was effectively slotted at No. 27. In the Coaches poll released Tuesday morning, Washington State finished in the others category with 23 votes, placing the Cougs 29th.

Jan. 11 3:11 PM
  • FORMER WSU COACH PAUL WULFF TO UTSA?
Paul Wulff is in the mix for the Texas-San Antonio head job after Larry Coker unexpectedly resigned last week, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

"Former #WAZZU head coach Paul Wulff getting consideration for the #UTSA head coaching vacancy, source tells @FoxSports Feldman tweeted.

Wulff coached WSU for four seasons from 2008-11, compiling a 9-40 record. Before WSU, he was 53-40 at Eastern Washington. After WSU, Wulff was an offensive analyst with San Francisco under Jim Harbaugh for two seasons. He moved to South Florida to become the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2014 and spent this past season as a volunteer coach at Iowa State. UTSA hired Coker ahead of its inaugural football season in 2009.

Jan. 11 2:32 PM
  • WSU MAKES IT OFFICIAL: THE JANUARY FOUR
Washington State officially announced four early arrivals from the 2016 class started classes at WSU on Monday. By enrolling early, the quartet becomes eligible to participate in spring ball. The four are wide receiver Isaiah Johnson, QB/ATH Justus Rogers, cornerback Jalen Thompson and junior college defensive end Garrett McBroom.

McBroom, how has two years to play two, earned All-Southwest Junior College Conference second-team honors this past season, posting 66 tackles and 19 for loss including 10 sacks. Thompson was named All-CIF, All-San Gabriel Valley League and All-Area Dream Team as a senior after five interceptions and averaging 20.2 ypc on offense.

Rogers led Bellevue High to an 11-2 record his senior season, a second-straight appearance in the state title game and was named All-KingCo second team after completing 56-of-90 pass attempts for 1,144 yards with 19 touchdowns against only one interception. Johnson earned All-State honors the past two seasons, catching 44 receptions for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior season. Johnson was high school teammates with current Cougar wideout Tavares Martin.

Jan. 7 11:21 AM
  • WSU IN ATHLON TOP 25 FOR 2016
Athlon's 2015 preseason magazine didn't rate the Cougs very highly but following WSU's 9-4 campaign, they've wasted little time in slotting Washington State in their top 25 for this coming season. Athlon ranks WSU No. 23 in their "very early look at the top 25 teams in college football for 2016."

"Coach Mike Leach’s team will be a factor in the North Division next season, as quarterback Luke Falk returns and receiver Gabe Marks is back to anchor a deep receiving corps. The biggest concern on offense is the loss of two linemen, including standout left tackle Joe Dahl. Washington State’s defense took a step forward under first-year coordinator Alex Grinch by holding opponents to 27.7 points per game in 2015. This unit needs to retool a bit in the front seven, but cornerback Darrien Molton and safety Shalom Luani are key pieces for Grinch to build around next fall. The Cougars have a favorable schedule in conference action by missing USC in crossover play and visits by UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Oregon to Pullman," says Athlon.

Other Pac-12 teams in Athlon's top 25 are Stanford (12); USC (16); UW (19) and Oregon (24). UCLA is included among Athlon's "teams to watch." You can find Athlon's list HERE.

Jan. 6 9:58 AM
  • COUGS FINISH FIFTH IN ESPN P-12 POWER RANKINGS
Washington State finished No. 5 in ESPN.com's Pac-12 Power Rankings. ESPN ranked Stanford No. 1, followed by Oregon, USC, Utah, WSU, UCLA, Cal, UW, ASU, Arizona, Colorado and OSU.

"Not only did the Cougars make big strides in the win department, posting a 6-3 mark in league play, they showed tremendous poise, maturity and growth as a program with several fourth-quarter victories. The Apple Cup loss stings -- as it should -- but that shouldn’t derail what was an outstanding season. It's time to take the Cougars seriously as a contender for the North," ESPN blogger Kevin Gemmell wrote.

Jan. 5 9:33 PM
  • COUGS ON OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, SAYS BRACKETOLOGIST
Washington State evened their Pac-12 record at 1-1 by knocking off No. 25 UCLA and CBS Sports' Jerry Palm predicts nine Pac-12 teams will make the NCAA tournament, but WSU isn't on his list.

Palm projects Arizona will win the Pac-12 tournament and earn the automatic bid to the NCAAs. He projects Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Utah into the 68-team tourney as well. ESPN's Joe Lunardi predicts six conference teams will head to the Big Dance: Arizona, UCLA, California, Utah, Oregon and Arizona State.

Washington State's RPI is last in the conference, per RealTimeRPI.com, at No. 140.

Jan. 4 10:06 PM
  • OLD COUG STANDOUT WILL HAVE SON NO. 2 IN PAC-12
Chris Hayes, the scrappy Palouse Posse linebacker of the early 90s who went on to become captain of the New York Jets, will have another son playing Pac-12 football next season. Isaiah Hayes, a 3-star safety from Calabasas (Calif.) High is verbally committed to Arizona. Older brother Chris Hayes Jr. spent the past three seasons as a backup corner at Oregon State; he announced a few weeks ago that he is leaving the program.

The elder Chris Hayes, who CF.C caught up with in this 2011 story, recently was profiled by the Jets in their "legends newsletter." He works in pharmaceuticals for Eli Lilly with a focus on diabetes. He and his wife of 20 years, Aran, have four children in all.

Jan. 4 10:00 PM
  • COUGALS TOP COLORADO FOR FIRST PAC-12 WIN
Washington State's women's basketball team topped Colorado 74-66 on Monday night to earn their first conference win of the season. Freshman Maria Kostourkova led the way for Washington State (10-4, 1-2 Pac-12) with 17 points, a career high. The WSU bench outscored Colorado(5-8, 0-2 Pac-12) by a margin of 47-7. Seniors Mariah Cooks and Taylor Edmondson each scored 12 points. June Daugherty earned her 100th career victory at Washington State, the third coach in WSU program history to reach 100 victories (Sue Durant, 134; Harold Rhodes, 194).

Jan. 2 11:52 PM
  • BLEDSOE'S BOWL RECORD FINALLY FALLS
It took 23 postseasons, but CouGreat Drew Bledsoe's passing record in the Cactus/Copper bowl was finally topped.

Bledsoe threw for 476 yards on 30 of 46 passing in the 1992 Copper Bowl as No. 18 WSU defeated Utah, 31-28. Now named the Cactus Bowl, West Virginia QB Skyler Howard broke the record with 532 passing yards in West Virginia's 43-42 win over Arizona State. Howard was 28 of 51. The teams combined for 1,196 yards of offense, with 950 of that coming through the air.

Bledsoe and his three sons won Oregon's 5A state championship this season as Bend's Summit High beat Ashland, 45-28. Bledsoe is Summit's offensive coordinator. John Bledsoe threw for 265 yards and two scores, and ran for two more. Stu Bledsoe had eight tackles. Henry, a freshman, also plays on the team.

DEC. 30 8:58 PM
  • WSU COMPLIANCE WEIGHS IN ON SORENSON SITUATION
WSU Athletics Compliance on Facebook put up a post Wednesday evening after a GoFundMe page had been established by the wife of a Sun Bowl board of directors member for the family of Cougar center Riley Sorenson. The post read:

FYI:
It is not permissible for WSU Athletics coaches, staff, student-athletes and boosters (including parents of student-athletes) to use a student-athletes status as a platform to raise money for emergency or other expenses for the student-athlete or their family members. A student-athletes name and likeness may not be used under any of those circumstances. Please contact the compliance office with any questions or concerns.
#GoCougs


Sorenson's father, Bart, suffered a heart attack before the Sun Bowl and remains in an El Paso hospital in a coma. The page was set up on behalf of Sorenson's family to offset future hospital bills and the costs of the family continuing to stay in El Paso. At last check, $29,276 had been raised on the GoFundMe page.

DEC. 30 2:22 PM
  • WSU'S RILEY SORENSON DEALING WITH FAMILY TRAGEDY
WSU starting center Riley Sorenson was set to start in the Sun Bowl but a family tragedy intervened.

According to a gofundme page, Sorenson's father, Bart, suffered a heart attack before entering the stadium. Bart Sorenson "underwent angioplasty, where a large blockage was detected and immediately repaired, and 3 stents were inserted. He was placed in an induced coma in ICU, and remains in this state today. The neurologist has indicate(d) that 70 percent of his brain is damaged, and they are not certain at this point whether he will awaken," reads the gofundme page.

Riley's mother, Sara, is also dealing with health issues, according to the page. The family remains in El Paso.

The gofundme page is located here.

DEC. 28 4:33 PM
  • DAHL GRADES OUT HIGHLY IN SUN BOWL
In Joe Dahl's first game back in action since Stanford, ProFootballFocus.com tabbed the WSU left tackle as the Sun Bowl's top rated Sun Bowl performer. Dahl was give a +7.0 grade by the site for his blocking in the bowl win.

"Dahl... leads NCAA tackles with a +19.0 pass-blocking grade this season despite missing (four) games due to injury, and RT Cole Madison ranks second with a +16.9 pass-blocking grade. Dahl and RG Eduardo Middleton (+1.9) were both perfect in pass protection (in the Sun Bowl) and Dahl also finished with a game-best +3.8 run blocking grade," said PFF.

Defensively, Destiny Vaeao graded out the highest on PFF's scale. "Nine (WSU) defenders finished with green (better than +1.0) grades, led by LE Destiny Vaeao (+4.1). CB Charleston White (+2.8) and SS Taylor Taliulu (+1.3) were excellent in pass coverage; (Miami QB Brad) Kaaya was a combined 1-9 for 18 yards when targeting them," said PFF.

WSU's top performers on PFF:
LT Joe Dahl (+7.0)
LG Gunner Eklund (+4.2)
LE Destiny Vaeao (+4.1)
CB Charleston White (+2.8)
OLB Frankie Luvu (+2.0)

DEC. 28 12:22 PM
  • HAWKINSON EARNS FIRST POW HONOR
Cougar junior forward Josh Hawkinson earned his first-career Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award on Monday, the Pac-12 announced Monday.

Hawkinson posted three double-doubles at the Diamond Head Classic against No. 3 Oklahoma, Northern Iowa and New Mexico. He has nine double-doubles this season for Washington State (8-4) and seven in a row. The streak is tied for second-best streak in school history.

One of the Pac-12’s national-best four Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award nominees, Hawkinson leads the Pac-12 and is sixth in the country in double-doubles. He is one of three Pac-12 players averaging a double-double at 16.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg.

The Cougars open up Pac-12 play Friday (New Year’s Day) vs. USC at 6 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougs play host to UCLA on Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. followed by UW on Jan. 9 at noon. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

DEC. 24 10:39 AM
  • QUOTABLE MIKE LEACH
Washington State's Mike Leach was included in ESPN's list of college football's best quotes of 2015.

ESPN: The best reasoning we've heard for going on fourth down

"To overcome the disappointment of not making it on third down." -- Washington State coach Mike Leach


DEC. 23 10:11 PM
  • WSU PITCHER NAMED TO ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Washington State closer Ian Hamilton was named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America second team by Collegiate Baseball this week. Hamilton, a junior, this past season posted a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings and tied for the Pac-12 lead with 13 saves. He is WSU’s all-time leader with 28.

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