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Mata’afa’s decision to skip senior season could cost him

Mata’afa’s decision to skip senior season could cost him

COLIN CONNOLLY, Evergreen columnist

January 23, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports

The NFL is a league for the best of the best, a dream of many, but a reality for very few. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa recently announced via social media that he is going to forego his senior season at Washington State University and enter the NFL draft. “I’ve decided...

WSU will look to fill the holes after crazy offseason

WSU will look to fill the holes after crazy offseason

COLIN CONNOLLY, Evergreen columnist

January 19, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports

WSU football will look different heading into the 2018 season, with a more youthful team. The loss of many senior leaders on both sides of the football, as well as some impactful coaches, will leave a lot of question marks and unknowns for the first time in a couple of years. On offense, the Cougs...

Community mourns student-athlete

Community mourns student-athlete

BAILEY CAMPBELL and JACKSON GARDNER

January 18, 2018


Filed under Football, News, Sports, Top-feature, WSU Pullman campus

A single trumpeter raised his instrument to play the first pitch      of WSU’s Alma Mater and the crowd broke into song. “Washington, my Washington, the crimson and the gray,” echoed off the 14-foot Cougar statue. “’Tis the songs of memory that we sing today. When the sad hours come to...

Claeys talks to media for first time as defensive coordinator

Claeys talks to media for first time as defensive coordinator

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen sports editor

January 18, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports

WSU defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys held a conference call with the media Tuesday afternoon. Claeys spoke about the changes he plans on making to the Cougars’ defense and the challenges of moving west to Pullman. Q: Will you run your typical 4-3 defense with multiple looks or are you going t...

WSU community comes together to remember Hilinski

WSU community comes together to remember Hilinski

January 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, News, Sports

Current and past WSU football players and coaches shared their condolences over social media to Tyler Hilinski, along with notable figures in the Pullman community. Former WSU wide receiver River Cracraft: My brother. I love you man #YoureInPeaceNow3 pic.twitter.com/XOVS4Gkfbh — River (@rive...

Martin Jr. forgoes final year of eligibility to enter NFL draft

Martin Jr. forgoes final year of eligibility to enter NFL draft

RYAN MOSHER, Evergreen reporter

January 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports, Top-feature

Junior wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. declared he is entering the 2018 NFL Draft, and will waive his last year of NCAA eligibility. Martin was dismissed from the football team in December for violating team rules. Martin was also suspended for a game against University of Colorado for violating...

Cougars hire defensive coach

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen sports editor

January 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports

WSU has hired Utah State University co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Kendrick Shaver, according to ustateaggies.com. WSU Associate Director of Athletics Bill Stevens was unable to confirm the report. Shaver has been a coach with Utah State for the past seven seasons and w...

WSU removes request for expanded alcohol sales

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen sports editor

January 9, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports

The university has withdrawn a request made in spring 2016 to expand alcohol sales at home football games, a move that would have helped to relieve the athletics department’s multi-million dollar budget deficit. WSU President Kirk Schulz revealed the decision Monday in an interview with Pullman R...

Leach adds another coach to staff

Leach adds another coach to staff

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen sports editor

January 9, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports

WSU head football coach Mike Leach promoted Darcel McBath to an assistant coach position Tuesday, according to a WSU news release. McBath's specific role on the team has yet to be determined, but he will be working with players in the defensive secondary, according to the release. McBath was as...

WSU season filled with roller coaster of emotions

WSU season filled with roller coaster of emotions

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen columnist

January 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

In the wild ride of 2017’s football season, victories heralded a promising direction for WSU football while gut-wrenching losses gave fans doubt for the future. We can reach one conclusion: last season brought both the highest of highs and the most disappointing of lows to the Cougars. WSU Head...

Cannabis better than pills for football players

Cannabis better than pills for football players

TYLER SHUEY, Evergreen columnist

January 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

We all know the dangers that come with playing the game of football, short-term and long-term. The future of the sport is growing more uncertain with the risk of head trauma and other life-altering injuries. The question now becomes: How do we combat these injuries in football, which will never go...

WSU fills defensive coordinator position

WSU fills defensive coordinator position

RYAN MOSHER and DYLAN GREENE

January 8, 2018


Filed under Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports

WSU has hired Tracy Claeys, a former head coach at University of Minnesota in 2016, as its new defensive coordinator. Claeys will fill the hole left by former Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch, who left WSU for a position at Ohio State University. Claeys was the interim head coach for Minnesota...

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