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An unexpected journey

Senior nickel Hunter Dale received about 30 scholarship offers and planned on attending University of Florida before a series of unforeseen events led him to Pullman. “Once I figured out I was coming here, it was perfect,” he said.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen editor-in-chief

September 14, 2018

When Hunter Dale realized playing football at a Division 1 school was a reality, WSU wasn’t first, second, third or even fourth on his list. In fact, Pullman wasn’t even on his radar. Of the roughly 30 scholarship offers Dale received while still in high school, none of them came from the crimson...

Cougars face Eastern Eagles

Redshirt junior linebacker Karson Block runs alongside redshirt freshman linebacker Fa’avae Fa’avae toward the end zone Saturday night against San Jose State in Martin Stadium.

TY EKLUND, Evergreen reporter

September 14, 2018

WSU will take on neighboring Eastern Washington University this weekend, in a rematch of a 2016 game where the Cougars lost by three. Mike Leach said EWU gives the team a chance to grow. “We have an opportunity to improve as a team and get better and that’s what we need to do,” Leach said,...

Leaf shares story with WSU athletes

While telling the story of his life, Ryan Leaf, former WSU quarterback, describes the importance
of being a better human than a football player Thursday evening in the Cougar Football Complex.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

September 14, 2018

It took a certain amount of courage for Ryan Leaf to return to his alma mater and speak to its student-athletes like he did Thursday night. Even though Leaf now speaks to student-athletes for a living, along with his commentary work for Pac-12 Networks, trips to Pullman are a little different. In...

Records show numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Jason Gesser

Jason Gesser, pictured here at a Cougar Athletic Fund event in 2015, was the subject of an Office for Equal Opportunity inquiry in January 2018 regarding complaints of sexual misconduct.

IAN SMAY and DYLAN GREENE

September 13, 2018

Hundreds of pages of public records show a number of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Jason Gesser, assistant director of athletics at the Cougar Athletic Fund, dating back as far as 2014. The allegations are outlined in interview notes and records from a complaint review carried...

Not too high, not too low, just another week

Redshirt junior running back James Williams attempts to leap over San Jose State senior cornerback John
Toussaint on Sept. 8 in Martin Stadium.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 13, 2018

Head Coach Mike Leach has a philosophy that in order to be a successful football team, all you can do is be focused on Saturday’s game. Not last week’s game, or the week ahead and certainly not a game from two seasons ago. And Leach has his players on board with that idea. Does the Cougars’ 4...

Is Cougs matchup with EWU a “trap game?”

Head Coach Mike Leach watches the game from the sidelines Saturday night at Martin Stadium.

JACKSON GARDNER, Assistant sports editor

September 11, 2018

Eastern Washington University  has a good football program. There is no denying that. WSU Head Coach Mike Leach wouldn’t deny that either, and he is one of the more intelligent football minds in the collegiate game. But does he view his matchup against Eastern as a “trap game,” a label often...

Week Two Pac-12 North power rankings

Week Two Pac-12 North power rankings

SHAWN O'CONNOR, Evergreen columnist

September 11, 2018

Here is how the teams in the Pac-12 North division stack up after week two. No. 9 Stanford University Senior running back Bryce Love rolled as Stanford won a statement game over then-No. 17 University of Southern California 17-3. Love ran for 136-yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for the Ca...

Not just five pennies, but one unified nickel

The offensive line and members of the WSU football team kneel after running out of the tunnel right before the coin toss Saturday night against San Jose State at Martin Stadium.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 10, 2018

Another week has gone by and it’s another clean sheet for the WSU offensive line. Of the 108 passing attempts thrown from graduate transfer Gardner Minshew II and the three attempts from redshirt junior Anthony Gordon, neither quarterback has been taken down for a sack in 2018. That’s a pretty...

Cougs shut out Spartans

Graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew II runs the ball while looking for an open pass during the game against San Jose State on Sept. 8 at Martin Stadium.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 9, 2018

WSU football defeated San Jose State University on Saturday night in Martin Stadium 31-0. The Cougars defense clamped down on San Jose State keeping the Spartans off the scoreboard and securing their second straight season with a home opener shut out. It isn’t always the case that the WSU (2-0)...

Keys to the game: San Jose State

University of Wyoming and WSU players face off on the line of scrimmage Sept. 19, 2015 in Martin Stadium.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 8, 2018

The Cougars enter their home opener as a 35.5-point favorite to beat San Jose State University. That’s a good indication of how this game should go, even if the Cougars don’t cover that colossal spread. However, it isn’t a long shot for them to do it, and if they do, these are my keys to make...

Remembering frosty ‘Refrigerator Bowl’

Bill Steiger follows team captain Jerry Brockey down the field against the San Jose Spartans on Nov. 15, 1955.

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 7, 2018

Regardless of how WSU fares in its home opener against San Jose State University, it will be nearly impossible to top the historic matchup 63 years ago. The game took place on Rogers Field just adjacent to where Martin Stadium currently stands. The now-practice fields of WSU football hosted a game...

Finding a way out

Redshirt junior running back James Williams II slept in motel rooms, churches and the back of a car for nearly a year while his family made the transition to living in California. “What we had was nothing, but at the same time we made the most of it,” he said.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen editor-in-chief

September 7, 2018

A bed in a Motel 6, the backseat of a Chevrolet TrailBlazer and the floor of a church: all places James Williams II had to sleep and call home for about a year as his family made the transition from Toledo, Ohio, to Burbank, California. It wasn’t easy, but the redshirt junior running back got through...

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