OLD COUG ARON BAYNES ON MOVE, EYES PAY BOOST June 21, 9:12 AM
Detroit backup center Aron Baynes is declining his player option for next season and becoming an unrestricted free agent, the Detroit News reports. The 30-year-old Baynes averaged 4.9 points in 75 games last season. In declining the player option, Baynes is turning down the $6.5 million in the third year of the contract, Baynes could command an offer in the neighborhood of $12 million or more per season given the market for reserve centers.
SHANE MATHENY SIGNS WITH GIANTS June 20, 1:22 PM
Cougar baseballer Shane Matheny is going pro and forgoing his final year of eligibility at WSU, CF.C's Dylan Haugh reports. The Giants selected Matheny in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball draft last week. After a tough couple of seasons at the plate, Matheny flourished this season as a junior, leading the team with a .309 batting average while working 28 walks. He had 34 RBIs, 16 doubles and three home runs. https://twitter.com/Dylanhaugh/status/877251788310577152
MALACHI FLYNN PHOTOS FROM USA U19 TRYOUTS June 20, 10:53 AM
Malachi Flynn has been competing in tryouts for the 2017 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Cup Team in Colorado Springs since Sunday under coach John Calipari. Ernie Kent stopped in to lend his support.
The initial cut down to 18 players was made Tuesday morning and Flynn was among those who didn’t move on. As the Kentucky 247 site notes, three Kentucky freshmen in Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox and P.J. Washington as well as five UK recruiting targets Bol Bol, Louis King, Romeo Langford, Immanuel Quickley and Cameron Reddish all made the first cut. Among those that did not make the first cut were Flynn, Marques Bolden (Duke), Charlie Moore (Kansas), Shamorie Ponds (St. John's), Kris Wilkes (UCLA), De'Anthony Melton (USC), Desmond Bane (TCU) and Devon Daniels (N.C. State). You can see a photo gallery of Flynn competing in Colorado Springs on the official WSU website here.
TRAGEDY IN RING INVOLVING ADAM BRAIDWOOD June 19, 8:30 AM
Former WSU defensive end Adam Braidwood's triumph quickly turned to tragedy. Braidwood won by KO in a boxing match in Alberta Friday night over Tim Hague. But Hague was "clearly not right" backstage after the fight according to reports and was taken to the hospital. After falling into a coma, Hague died on Sunday. Braidwood, according to the Edmonton Journal, is 8-1 and works six days a week as a second-year apprentice carpenter, working in the gym at night and helping coach youth football. You can read more about Braidwood in a feature written a day before the fight here.
FIVE COUGS TAKEN IN MLB DRAFT June 14, 9:12 PM
Three Cougar juniors were selected on Day Three of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday: pitcher Damon Jones, third baseman Shane Matheny and junior pitcher Colby Nealy. Also selected were two high schoolers who have signed with WSU: outfielder Isaiah Smith (Battleground, Wash.,) and infielder Jack Smith (Mercer Island, Wash.) Jones was taken in the 18th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, Matheny was selected in the 23rd round by the San Francisco Giants and Nealy was taken in the 35th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Isaiah Smith was selected in the 21st round by Kansas City and Jack Smith was picked in the 39th round by Seattle.
The three Cougar juniors each have one year of NCAA eligibility remaining and could still return to school for their senior seasons.
COUGREAT WR BRANDON GIBSON RETIRES FROM NFL June 7, 10:53 AM
Brandon Gibson announced on twitter he was retiring from the NFL at age 29. Drafted in the sixth round, he for four teams during his NFL career (Eagles, Rams, Dolphins, Patriots) and finished with 233 receptions for 2,711 yards with 13 TDs. He graduated from WSU in 2008 as the school's all-time leading receiver.
JASON HANSON ON 2018 COLLEGE HOF BALLOT June 1, 9:53 AM
Jason Hanson, the record-setting Washington State kicker and punter who went on to a 21-year career with the Detroit Lions, is on the ballot for the second straight year for possible induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced today. If elected, Hanson would be the fifth WSU player in the College Hall, joining Mel Hein, Turk Edwards, Rueben Mayes and Mike Utley. In addition, former Cougar coaches Lone Star Dietz and Babe Hollingbery are enshrined. Hanson was elected to the WSU Hall of Fame in 2002.
From 1988-91 at WSU, Hanson was a three-time All-America selection (including WSU’s first unanimous All-America pick) and a three-time Academic All-American. He made 63 of 96 field goals attempts in his career, including a record 19 makes from 50-59 yards. His 62-yard field goal against UNLV is the longest in NCAA history without a kicking tee. Two years ago, he was voted the greatest kicker in Pac-12 history by a panel of experts commissioned by the conference as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.
BASEBALL: SIX COUGS NAMED PAC-12 ALL-ACADEMIC May 29, 4:45 PM
Six Washington State baseball student-athletes received Pac-12 Conference All-Academic accolades, the most since 2012, it was announced Tuesday. Second-year freshman pitcher Davis Baillie, sophomore pitcher Kevin Calderhead, senior Trenton Dupre, junior third baseman Shane Matheny, sophomore pitcher Caleb McAlister and junior pitcher Ryan Walker all received honorable mention, with GPA's varying from 3.04 to 3.35.
WSU BASEBALL CLOSES SEASON WITH A LOSS May 27, 5:45 PM
Washington State lost 15-1 to No. 8 Stanford in the season finale on Saturday. The Cougars finished the season 24-29 overall, 10-20 in Pac-12 play. WSU recorded more overall wins from a year ago (17) and notched four Pac-12 series wins (No. 30 Washington, at Utah, Oregon, No. 28 UCLA) for the first time since 1995. WSU finished with the same number of Pac-12 wins as last year, dropping its last six games to the top two teams in the conference in OSU and Stanford. Prior to the game, WSU recognized the only senior on its roster, pitcher Trenton Dupre.
ONE BAD INNING May 26, 11:10 PM
One bad inning was the difference in Washington State's 5-3 loss to Stanford on Friday. With Wazzu holding a 3-1 lead headed into the seventh, Stanford scoring four runs after a one-out walk on two doubles, two singles and a wild pitch. WSU got a pair of one-out singles in the ninth. but the game ended on a strike out and ground out. The series, and the Cougars' baseball season, wraps up Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
IS FALK THE PAC-12 QB KING? May 23, 1:10 PM
From a wide-ranging CFB conversation between ESPN writers Mark Schlabach and Ryan McGee:
Schlabach: Who is the QB king of the Pac-12? Is it Josh Rosen or USC's Sam Darnold?
McGee: It might actually be Luke Falk at Washington State.
Click here for full article.
LOST WEEKEND IN CORVALLIS FOR COUGS May 21, 8:22 PM
Washington State (24-26, 10-17 Pac-12) lost 14-3 at No. 1 Oregon State on Sunday. After losing the opener 4-3 on two bases-loaded walks and the second game 5-0, the Cougars were swept and also saw their streak of four-straight Pac-12 series wins come to an end. The Cougars return home to close out the baseball season hosting No. 10 Stanford beginning Thursday. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
STINGING LOSS FOR WSU AGAINST No. 1 May 19, 9:03 PM
This one will sting for a while. Washington State led 3-2 in the ninth inning at No. 1 Oregon State but two bases-loaded walks with two outs allowed OSU to escape, 4-3 over the Cougars. Beaver lefthander Luke Heimlich entered the game with nation's best ERA (0.76) but WSU got to him for three runs, two earned, on eight hits in nine innings. The Cougars (24-24, 10-15 Pac-12) collected eight hits including three from freshman second baseman Dillon Plew and two from junior third baseman Shane Matheny.
WSU took a 3-1 lead into the eighth. OSU (43-4, 25-3 Pac-12) scored once in the eighth on a sacrifice fly and twice in the ninth to avoid just their second home loss this season. Fourth- year junior lefty Damon Jones allowed just one earned run while striking out two in 4.1 innings. Junior lefthander Scotty Sunitsch took the loss in the ninth. The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
COUGS FINAL NON-CONFERENCE GAME RAINED OUT May 17, 10:01 PM
Washington State's baseball game at Gonzaga in Spokane was rained out and will not be rescheduled. The Cougs have two final series remaining against Pac-12 teams in the regular season: at No. 1 Oregon State this weekend and at home vs. No. 10 Stanford the following weekend.
COUGS SHARP ACROSS THE BOARD IN WIN OVER UCLA May 12, 10:22 PM
Strong pitching, live bats and a stingy defense were all in play in Washington State's 7-1 win over No. 28 UCLA on Friday in the opener of the three-game series. Damon Jones limited UCLA to one run on four hits in 5.1 innings of work to earn the win. Ryan Walker struck out five and allowed two hits in three innings of work before Scotty Sunitsch recorded the final two outs in the ninth for WSU (23-22, 9-12 Pac-12). Five Cougs posted two-hit games led by Justin Harrer and Cal Waterman, who both went yard. Shane Matheny made two diving stops at third base, JJ Hancock made a leaping catch into the fence along the right field line and the Cougs turned a couple double plays to escape jams. WSU goes for its fourth straight series win tomorrow in Game Two at 4 pm (TV: Pac-12 Network).
FUTURE COUG FISHER WITH BLAZING 100 TIME May 12, 7:00 PM
Spokane WR Rodrick Fisher, who verbally committed to the Cougs this week out of East Valley High, clocked a time of 10.46 seconds in the 100 meters on Friday, his coach and dad Adam Fisher tells CF.C. That's 44th fastest time this year in the nation and fastest in the state of Washington.
FORMER WSU WALK ON TRANSFERRING TO IDAHO May 12, 4:40 PM
Former Cougar walk on punter Zach Charme, a two-time, first-team 5A All-Idaho punter at Timberline High, will transfer to Idaho this summer, the Idaho Statesman reported. Charme started at punter for the Cougars as a freshman in 2015, averaging 39.6 yards a kick. But he booted only eight punts last fall as Washington State primarily utilized receiver Kyle Sweet as a rugby punter. Second-year freshman Tommy Park, along with starting kicker and lefty Erik Powell, finished the spring as the Cougs' primary straight-ahead options. Idaho in 2017 is looking to replace star K/P Austin Rehkow, who graduated.
DEONE BUCANNON LAYING THE GROUND WORK May 11, 12:32 PM
CouGreat Deone Bucannon is an NFL workout warrior for the Arizona Cardinals. Check out the video from Arizona: https://twitter.com/AZCardinals/status/862729035167580162
FLYNN INVITED TO USA BASKETBALL TRIALS May 8, 10:42 AM
Cougar sophomore guard Malachi Flynn has been invited to the USA Basketball U19 Junior National Team trials that take place June 18-20. The last Cougars invited were Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto in 2009. For those making the roster, training camp starts June 21. The U19 FIBA World Cup will take place in Cairo on July 1-9. The team will be coached by Kentucky head coach John Calipari along with assistants Tad Boyle (Colorado) and Danny Manning (Wake Forest).
MEMORIAL SERVICE JUNE 3 FOR DUKE WASHINGTON May 8, 10:00 AM
Cougar Nation is invited to help celebrate the life of the "Jackie Robinson of Cougar football." A memorial celebration for WSU Hall of Famer Duke Washington will be held at the Central North Senior Center in Seattle (500 30th Ave. S.) on Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m. Mr. Washington, a long-time Seattle public high school teacher and a pioneer in the integration of college football in the 1950s, passed away Feb. 16 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 84. Donations to honor Mr. Washington’s life and legacy may be made to either the Cougar Athletic Fund at Washington State (Bohler Complex 120, Pullman, WA 99164-1602; cougarsareyouin.com) or the Northwest African American Museum (2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144; naamnw.org/donate-now).
DRAMATIC WALK-OFF WIN FOR COUGS May 7, 4:50 PM
Washington State spotted Oregon a 5-0 lead and didn't score until the seventh inning. But the Cougars plated six combined runs over the final three innings to come back and win 6-5 in the ninth inning. Down to the last strike, Justin Harrer ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Shane Matheny from second and Derek Champan from first. With the victory, WSU secured its third straight series win.
COUGS, DUCKS SPLIT DOUBLHEADER May 6, 8:22 PM
Washington State split a doubleheader with Oregon at Bailey-Brayton Field Saturday and will go for its third straight conference series win on Sunday. In the second game, junior outfielder JJ Hancock drilled a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Ducks won the opening game 8-2 with two runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth as WSU committed four errors. The Cougars (21-22, 7-13 Pac-12) and Oregon (26-16, 9-11 Pac-12) wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
MIDDLETON INVITED TO 49ers CAMP May 5, 1:05 PM
Former WSU offensive guard Eduardo Middleton received an invite and is competing in San Francisco 49ers' three-day rookie minicamp that kicked off today. A mainstay on the Cougar offensive line the past three seasons, Middleton (6-5, 318) started 38 games for Washington State. https://twitter.com/wsucougfb/status/860583016682274817
WSU RANKED IN MANDEL'S TOP 25 May 4, 1:15 PM
Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel ranks Washington State checks at No. 21 in his preseason top 25. "No. 21 Washington State: QB Luke Falk has already thrown for nearly 11,000 career yards. He’s back, as is All-American G Cody O’Connell. JUCO WR Easop Winston joins Dezmon Patton and Tavares Martin Jr. in a promising receiving corps. Several experienced tailbacks return as well. DE Hercules Mata’afa is a proven pass-rusher. Previously little-used D-lineman Kingston Fernandez earned praise from coaches this spring." For Mandel's full poll, click here.
ERNIE KENT's CONTRACT ROLLED OVER May 2, 8:15 PM
Bill Moos has enacted the rollover clause in Ernie Kent's contract for the third time in as many years, keeping the WSU hoops coach's contract on a five-year term at a guaranteed $1.4 million annually, the Spokesman-Review reported. Kent is 35-58 overall in three seasons at Washington State. This past season, WSU went 13-18 (6-12 Pac-12). Kent this week signed just the second 4-star recruit in the last 20 years in Tacoma wing Roberto Gittens. The S-R reported Moos said he wound never issue an ultimatum about making a postseason tournament for the coach to continue to receive contract rollovers.
“I don’t operate that way,” Moos said. “I take a look at it and discuss it after each season and evaluate things at that point. To be quite frank, in men’s basketball I thought we made great strides in a season where the league was extremely tough. But most importantly, we’ve had a real good recruiting year and we’ve made some changes in the staff that I think will energize that program and also continue to boost us in recruiting.”
NO BRUGGMAN IN WSU-MSU WEEK 1 MATCHUP May 2, 4:24 PM
You can nix one storyline from WSU's season opener vs. Montana State: former Cougar QB Tyler Bruggman is leaving MSU. Bruggman signed with WSU out of Brophy Prep in Arizona but left WSU after his true freshman season when Luke Falk beat him out in the spring. He then transferred to Louisville, and transferred again to Scottsdale College before arriving at Montana State in 2016. Bruggman, who started six games at quarterback for Montana State, has a year of eligibility left but it's unclear if he plans on playing in 2017. The MSU release said Bruggman "plans to forego his senior season to pursue an advanced degree closer to his hometown of Phoenix ... He graduates from MSU on Saturday with a degree in business."
CAROLINA RESCINDS OFFER TO BARBER May 1, 6:45 PM
The Carolina Panthers rescinded an undrafted free-agent offer to WSU nose tackle Robert Barber after learning he was facing trial on second-degree felony assault charges, The Charlotte Observer reports. The offer to Barber was made Saturday night, and Barber accepted, but it was taken back Sunday morning, with the Panthers reportedly unaware of the pending case when they offered the contract. Barber pleaded not guilty last month to a charge of second-degree felony assault and filed a motion for dismissal stemming from a July 2016 incident where he allegedly punched a male Washington State student at a party. Barber missed three games after the WSU Student Conduct Board expelled him but that decision was later stayed by the courts, and the WSU process was called into question. Barber had an arraignment in March where a trial date was set for May 15, and his attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the charge. You can read more from KREM-2 and the Observer here and here
FALK PROJECTED FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK May 1, 12:05 PM
CBSSports projects Luke Falk will join CouGreat Deone Bucannon in Arizona one year from now. CSBSports' Will Brinson predicts Falk will be the 20th overall pick in the first round by the Cardinals. "Luke Falk, QB, Washington State: Our fifth quarterback of the draft! The Cardinals were a candidate to draft a quarterback early and whether or not Carson Palmer is coming back for 2017, they're going to need to plan for the future." Falk is projected by CBSSports to be taken after quarterbacks Sam Darnold (USC, 1); Josh Allen (Wyoming, 2); Josh Rosen (UCLA, 3) and Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State, 16). Falk this past season completed 443 of 633 pass attempts for 4,468 yards with 38 TDs. His 70 percent completion rate was second nationally. Falk, headed into his senior year, already holds the Pac-12 record for completions (1,047).
COUGS WIN AT UTAH, TAKE SERIES April 29, 3:45 PM
Washington State won its second straight Pac-12 series with a 5-4 victory Saturday over Utah. The Cougars (20-21, 6-12 Pac-12) scored twice in the third and sixth innings before adding another run in the seventh. Sophomore reliever Parker McFadden struck out the final Utah hitter and junior reliever Ryan Walker earned the win after allowing one earned run in 4.1 innings. Next up: The Cougars host Oregon beginning Friday at 5 p.m.
BASEBALL: COUG BATS ERUPT TO EVEN SERIES April 28, 3:03 PM
Washington State exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning while freshman starter Isaac Mullins didn’t allow a hit for five as the Cougs posted a 10-1 win at Utah on Friday to even the three-game series. First baseman James Rudkin tallied three hits and drove in two runs including an RBI-triple while right fielder JJ Hancock tallied two hits and drove in three runs. The Cougars (19-21, 5-12 Pac-12) allowed Utah just two hits between Mullins and Scotty Sunitsch, who pitched the final three innings to earn the save. The rubber game is Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Pacific.httvps://twitter.com/WSUCougars/status/858076668870541313
BASEBALL: WSU LOSES ON 10th-INNING ERROR April 27, 6:11 PM
Washington State fell 2-1 in 10 innings at Utah after a game-ending error allowed the winning run to score. WSU (18-21, 4-12 Pac-12) tied the game in the ninth but left 14 men on base throughout while Utah tallied just four hits against Wazzu and took advantage of three Washington State errors. The series continues Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PT).
ESPN PAC-12 TEAM HIT BY 100-PERSON LAYOFF April 26, 2:11 PM
Ted Miller and Chantel Jennings, both of whom did nice work covering the Pac-12 over the years, have been let go as part of ESPN's big layoff today. Kyle Bonagura and David Lombardi still in place as far as we know. Kevin Gemmell and ESPN parted ways in January. Also, Washington State grad and ESPN Sportscenter personality Jaymee Sire was among the layoffs announced Wednesday.
GEORGE RAVELING, LAVAR BALL IN WAR OF WORDS April 24, 11:07 AM
Former WSU coach and NIKE executive George Raveling says former WSU basketball player LaVar Ball is the worst thing to happen to basketball in the last 100 years. Ball, who has tirelessly marketed his three children with eldest son Lonzo Ball a likely top-5 draft pick in the upcoming NBA draft, fired back that his fledgling sportswear line is about to be a NIKE competitor. For more, click here
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE POSTER IS OUT April 23, 5:50 PM
One of the benefits of attending the Crimson and Gray game rather than watching on TV was the free handouts of the new schedule poster. It's one of the most artistic of recent vintage. Pictured from left to right are seniors Robert Lewis, Gerard Wicks, Luke Falk, Peyton Pelluer, Robert Taylor and Isaac Dotson.
COUGS MISS SWEEP, BUT WIN SERIES vs. UW April 23, 5:55 PM
Washington State’s bats went silent Sunday as the Cougs dropped the series finale 7-1 to UW. The Cougs still won the series after taking the first two games, posting their third straight series win over UW. Washington State (18-19, 4-11 Pac-12) managed only four hits on Sunday, three of them by freshman second baseman Dillon Plew, who went yard and ripped two doubles vs. Washington (21-16, 8-7 Pac-12). WSU wraps up its homestand Tuesday against Gonzaga at 5 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
TWEET OF THE DAY April 20, 7:00 PM
Incoming Cougar receiver Jamire Calvin, a 4-star prospect out of Cathedral High in Los Angeles, catches up with the most prolific pass catcher in the history of the Pac-12 -- and proceeds to set a high bar for himself ...
At the Night with Cougar Football gathering in Bellevue in February, Mike Leach noted that Calvin’s school, Cathedral High, is one of the most uniquely located high schools in the nation. Dodger Stadium is just up the hill, the downtown skyline is off in the distance below a bluff, and the football field is built on top what was once an “18-After-the-Civil-War-Something” cemetery. That last fact, in turn, explains two other things that Leach finds intriguing about the place: tombstones are embedded in the wall around the stadium and the school mascot is the Phantoms. Calvin caught 86 passes for more than 1,300 yards last season.
JOE DAHL IN LINE FOR PRIME TIME? April 20, 5:15 PM
Kyle Meinke, who covers the Detroit Lions for the MLive Media Group, said former Cougar standout Joe Dahl is making a mark in the Motor City. Writes Meinke, "... the Lions' offensive line appears settled everywhere except left guard. Graham Glasgow should be considered the leader, after splitting his time there and at center in 11 starts as a rookie. But he's a long way from locking this thing down too. People around Allen Park are raving about Joe Dahl's progress as a rookie last year, and he could push seriously for the job.
KLAY THOMPSON MORE VALUABLE THAN EVER April 20, 3:05 PM
"Klay Thompson isn’t the most famous or highly paid Warrior. He’s certainly not the most effusive. But instead of giving up touches on Golden State’s increasingly super superteam, the understated sharpshooter has found a way to become more valuable than ever?—?one furrowed brow at a time." So begins this stellar feature on CouGreat Klay Thompson last week by Katie Baker of The Ringer. A week earlier, Dennis Rodman told CBS Sports’ Bill Reiter that Thompson is the Warrior's most important player.
IT'S OFFICIAL: WHITE, GRAY, WHITE IS SPECTACULAR April 19, 5:25 PM
Washington State unveiled changes to its line up of football uniform today, which you can see more of here. But in a straw poll of the CF.C braintrust (yes, we use the word loosely), it's clear what the Cougs need to be wearing early and often in the 2017 season ...
THE BRUISER HAS A NEW JOB April 19, 5:00 PM
Steve Broussard, a Hall of Fame running back at WSU in the late 1980s and a Cougar assistant coach under Bill Doba, has been hired as the head football coach at Fort Vancouver, The Columbian reports.
The 1989 Pac-10 offensive player of the year and long-time NFL vet said, "it’s an opportunity to give these young men some direction, some positive energy, some work ethic. I want to change lives. That’s what it’s all about. Coaching is about teaching and mentoring and having a positive impact. … I’m looking to inspire and motivate these young men for life after football, too.” Besides WSU, Broussard has coached at Arizona State, SMU and UCLA, among others.
LUKE FALK'S CAREER VS. ZONA IS 'COMICAL' April 19, 4:45 PM
The Arizona Daily Star lacked no sense of humor this week when previewing the Wildcats' 2017 football season. Of the battle with WSU in Tucson on Oct. 28, the paper writes, "The good news — this can’t possibly go worse than last year's 69-7 humiliation in Pullman. The bad news — QB Luke Falk is back. His numbers in two games against the UA are comical: 79 of 97 (81.4 percent) for 825 yards with nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Wildcats might try hitting him a time or two in Round 3."
A QUIET PASSING OF THE TORCH IN COUGAR ATHLETICS April 19, 4:40 PM
Ken Casavant, the personable and erudite ag economics professor, recently stepped down as WSU's faculty athletic representative and liaison to the Pac-12 and NCAA. He had been in the role for the last 18 years. He is succeeded by Nancy Swanger, associate dean and director of the WSU School of Hospitality Management and an associate professor with the Carson College of Business. As WSU’s faculty athletics representative, Swanger will serve under the direction of President Kirk Schulz and play a critical role ensuring the academic integrity of WSU’s intercollegiate athletics program and enhancing the student-athlete experience.
IS SANTA HERE YET? ASKS MARKS April 19, 4:40 PM
Record-setting Cougar receiver Gabe Marks recently paid a visit to his alma mater, Venice High, and his coach there, Angelo Gasca The school newspaper stopped Marks for a photograph as well as a quick question: how does it feel to be on the threshold of entering the NFL? Said Marks, “It feels like a Christmas present you can’t open yet.” The NFL draft runs from April 27-29 and Marks is forecast as a mid- to late-round pick.
SHALOM LUANI VISITS WITH OAKLAND RAIDERS April 18, 4:48 PM
Cougar safety Shalom Luani was recently hosted by the Oakland Raiders, according to NFL.com reporter Ian Rapaport. Luani has been projected as a possible late-round draftee or undrafted free agent since taking part in the NFL combine. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/854370061506809861
KACHE PALACIO RE-UPS WITH SEAHAWKS April 17, 3:35 PM
Kache Palacio (6-1, 237) has re-signed with the Seahawks, the Seattle Times reported Monday. Palacio spent most of last season on Seattle’s Practice Squad/Injured Reserve list. Palacio, who last year had an excellent preseason as an undrafted free agent before initially signing with Seattle, posted 146 tackles for the Cougars over his career, primarily at the RUSH. He is one of several linebackers on the Seahawks roster, with Seattle having recently signed three veteran free agents. The re-signing of Palacio gives Seattle nine linebackers on its current roster. Seattle may also still bring back veteran Mike Morgan, an unrestricted free agent who remains unsigned.
HAWKINSON DOES WELL IN FRONT OF SCOUTS April 17, 1:33 PM
Josh Hawkinson averaged 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game over three contests at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia. The PIT invites annually 64 of the best college basketball seniors for the tournament played in front of NBA scouts. Hawkinson became the first Cougar since DaVonté Lacy in 2015 to receive a PIT invitation.
OLD COUG SIGNS FIRST FEMALE PLAYER TO FOOTBALL LOI April 14, 3:57 PM
Former Coug QB Timm Rosenbach, now the head coach at Division II Adams State in Colorado, signed kicker Becca Longo to a letter of intent. Longo is the first female player to ever sign a college football letter of intent for an NCAA Division I or II program.
"I never heard of it before," Rosenbach said about Longo being the first female in college football history awarded an NCAA football scholarship out of high school. "I don't look at it that way. My wife is a former pro athlete. I see her as a football player who earned it." For more click here.
KLAY THOMPSON CONTINUES TO DEFY EXPECTATIONS April 12, 11:09 AM
Klay Thompson, some thought before the NBA season began, would score less and get fewer touches with Golden State adding Kevin Durant. But he's found a way to become more valuable than ever, says an article from The Ringer. Thompson is averaging a career-high 22.5 points and is again shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point land?—?all while playing top-notch defense against the league's best players. "Somehow, despite being on a team with Curry and Green and Iguodala and Durant, Thompson is averaging more shot attempts this season, 17.7, than he ever has before," reads the article. CLICK HERE.
O'CONNELL HONORABLE PAC-12 MENTION STILL A MYSTERY April 10, 9:54 AM
How was Cody O'Connell a unanimous All-American selection last season ... while only achieving Pac-12 honorable mention accolades? From ESPN:
"...it is notable that UCLA, which might have had the worst-performing O-line in the conference, also had two players on the All-Conference teams.
One coach, while speculating that some might dismiss O'Connell as thriving in Leach's quick-hit passing system, called the omission an unfortunate confluence of ignorance and a "straight oversight."
Said another coach via text message, "I would not really have an answer for that one ... many times the All-Conference O-linemen get lost because of a lack of stats, etc. I know there were a ton of good linemen in our league last year."
For the full article, click here.
BASEBALL: COUGS DROP SERIES TO ARIZONA April 9, 6:11 PM
Washington State (15-14, 2-7 Pac-12) fell 6-5 to No. 8 Arizona Sunday, losing the three-game series 2-1. The Cougars were blown out Friday but had evened the series with a 9-3 win Saturday. It's a short week for the Cougars, as WSU heads to Tempe for a three-game series vs Arizona State University beginning Thursday.
BASEBALL: COUGS STRUGGLING April 4, 6:11 AM
Washington State lost 14-8 to Pacific on Monday night, its fourth straight defeat after being swept at Cal this past weekend. The Cougs fell to 14-12 on the season and things won't get any easier with Arizona (20-7) coming to town on Friday for a three-game series. At Pacific, sophomore outfielder Justin Harrer drove in six runs for Washington State including a grand slam but the Cougs left 10 men stranded on the bases in the loss.
THINGS FALL APART EARLY FOR COUGS April 1, 12:07 AM
Washington State was down 9-0 after four innings to Cal, eventually losing 12-2 in the opener of a three-game series on the raod Friday. Damon Jones fell to 2-2 after giving up 10 hits and nine runs in 3.2 innings. Shane Matheny was the only Cougar who scratched out multiple hits, going 2-4 in the loss. WSU will try to even the series Saturday at 6 pm.
HAWKINSON NAMED TO ALL-AMERICAN TEAM March 31, 2:51 PM
Josh Hawkinson has been named a Senior CLASS First Team All-American, WSU SID announced Friday. He is he first Cougar ever to receive All-American Senior CLASS recognition on the first or second team. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The first team consisted of Hawkinson, Villanova’s Josh Hart, Duke’s Amile Jefferson, Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski and Kansas’s Frank Mason.
Hawkinson concluded his Washington State career as the school’s career record holder with 1,015 rebounds and 56 double-doubles. Hawkinson earned his degree in just three years, receiving a business degree in the summer of 2016. He’s currently working on his master’s in business administration, which he is set to receive in May of this year.