WSU DC: Leach's search tight as a drum

SAY THIS ABOUT Mike Leach. The guy knows how to keep a secret. Mike Breske was fired nearly a month ago and there has been nary a tendril of credible smoke anywhere suggesting who all Leach is looking at for his next defensive coordinator. The most we've gleaned is a former Cougar assistant coach received what was described by one source as a "courtesy call" about the job a couple of weeks back.
December 24, 2014

Devils' Chris Ball sizes up his old team

PULLMAN — In the wake of his new team's rout of his old one, Arizona State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball didn't mince words late Thursday when asked what it was like to be standing on the visitors' sideline in Martin Stadium. "It was weird, it was really hard," said the man who spent seven seasons at Washington State over two tours of duty. And little wonder why.
November 1, 2013

'Great job, tough profession'

PULLMAN – Washington State defensive coordinator Chris Ball, his world turned upside down only minutes before, managed to plant a smile on his face as he headed to the final coaches meeting of Paul Wulff's tenure.
November 29, 2011

Sources clear as mud on Wulff; players rally

IF PAUL WULFF is out as WSU's head coach, as one news source reports, it's news to Wulff and to WSU's sports information director. Sources close to the Cougar head man say he meets this afternoon, as per usual at season's end, with Bill Moos and there are no suppositions going in. SID Bill Stevens, meanwhile, said this morning that "no decision has been made."
November 27, 2011

Alex Hoffman-Ellis, then and now

PULLMAN – With his bulging biceps, wild hair, colorful language and plentiful tattoos, Washington State linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis will never be confused with the local librarian. "He kinda looks scary," WSU defensive end Travis Long admits. No doubt some rivals share Long's opinion. Take Hoffman-Ellis off the football field, however, and the wild-eyed outside linebacker is a different fellow.
November 23, 2011

Kaufusi overcomes the odds

PULLMAN – Washington State linebacker Sekope Kaufusi grew up poor without a father in a crime-filled section of East Palo Alto, Calif. He became a father himself a few days before he turned 18 and graduated from high school. Obviously, Kaufusi has dealt with more serious issues than a tough football loss or two. That doesn't mean Kaufusi does not seethe at the losses.
October 27, 2011

Cougars in no rush to sack quarterback

SEATTLE -- For years, containing a Washington State defensive end was nearly as difficult as shutting out the Cougars. There will be plenty of storylines to come out of the 44-21 loss against Oregon State at CenturyLink Field but if there was one certainty Saturday night it was this -- there was no crimson blur coming off the edge.
October 22, 2011

Could Cougar D become next year's Stanford?

PULLMAN -- A good game turned into a long game Saturday night for Washington State, but along the way while sitting in Martin Stadium's press box, a thought occurred to me: The Cougars could be next year's Stanford. OK, maybe not No. 5-ranked and all that. But darned good and a tour de force on many Saturdays as the Cardinal have been this season?
October 16, 2011