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‘Three back and two over’

WSU kicker Blake Mazza has made 30 of 36 field goals and 115 of 120 extra points throughout his two-career at WSU.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

September 18, 2020

WSU redshirt junior kicker Blake Mazza has been kicking footballs since he was in elementary school, but not always on a football field. “I remember the first time I took him out to an empty field and we used to kick over trees. There weren’t even uprights on this field,” Blake’s dad, Matt Maz...

‘He has always been humble’

Former WSU football player Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Since then, he became an advocate for those with Lou Gehrig's disease.

ANNIE HAGER, Evergreen reporter

August 24, 2020

Steve Gleason spent most of his time as a young adult in football and baseball uniforms. When he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, his priorities shifted. For Gleason, nature continues to be a significant source of healing. At night, when he wants to spend time with his family, he ...

Athletic director in support of Pac-12 decision to cancel games

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun said he spoke to student-athletes and coaches Tuesday night following the Pac-12’s decision to cancel all athletic compeitions for the year.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

August 14, 2020

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun expressed support for the Pac-12’s decision to postpone sporting events for the year.  Chun said in a press conference on Thursday that he met with student-athletes and coaches Tuesday night following the Pac-12’s decision.  “To have to tell them that we need to ...

Pac-12 postpones games for fall sports until 2021

The Pac-12 postponed all sports games for the rest of 2020 due to COVID-19.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

August 11, 2020

The Pac-12 announced today there will be no athletic competitions for the rest of 2020. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the Pac-12 CEO group voted unanimously to postpone all athletic competition through the rest of the calendar year. He said this does not rule out workouts and practices that can h...

WSU waits to make decision about fall sports, athletic director says

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun said the university is waiting for the Pac-12 to make a decision regarding fall sports.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

July 25, 2020

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun expressed cautious optimism for a fall sports season in September.  He feels good about the protocols and environment WSU Athletics has put into place to keep student-athletes and staff safe, Chun said during a virtual press conference Friday afternoon. “We feel...

Student-athletes return for voluntary training

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun said the department expects most football players will return for training.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

June 19, 2020

WSU student-athletes were allowed to return to Pullman for voluntary workouts this week. In an online press conference on June 11, WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun said they expected a handful of student-athletes to report for the workouts. They also expected a majority of the football players to be ...

WSU Athletics reduces spending in effort to maintain budget recovery

Matt Kleffner, WSU Athletics chief financial officer, said their main priority is to keep the student-athlete experience the same.

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

The WSU Athletics Department is expecting a drop in revenue due to COVID-19. It will reduce spending this year to maintain its financial recovery plan. Matt Kleffner, WSU Athletics chief financial officer, said the department expects lower revenue from ticket sales, donations and concessions. A...

Athletics director, coaches take pay reduction

Athletic Director Pat Chun said it is still too early to make a decision about the start of spring football practices.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

April 14, 2020

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun announced Monday that head football coach Nick Rolovich, head basketball coach Kyle Smith and himself would be taking a five percent salary reduction through the 2020-2021 academic year. Chun said the reductions were voluntary and come on the heels of WSU President...

Remembering Bryce Beekman

Then-redshirt junior safety Bryce Beekman stands ready on the field during the game against UNC on Sept. 7 at Martin Stadium.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen sports columnist

March 26, 2020

Gone too soon. That is the overwhelming feeling in the WSU community following the unfortunate and disheartening news of Bryce Beekman’s passing. Beekman’s Cougar career was just getting started. He was going into his last season of college football and second season in Pullman. It is impo...

Police confirm death of WSU football player

Then-redshirt junior safety Bryce Beekman walks on the field during a game against New Mexico State on Aug. 31 at Martin Stadium.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2020

The death of Bryce Beekman, WSU student and redshirt senior, was confirmed Wednesday morning by the Pullman Police Department.  Pullman PD Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth said Beekman, 22, passed away in Pullman. Beekman is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to the WSU Athletics website.  ...

Pat Chun speaks about changes to athletics

WSU Athletics Director Pat Chun said he does not know how the athletic department will be affected by COVID-19.

GRACE ARNIS, Evergreen reporter

March 20, 2020

“We have no foreseeable start date,” WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun said. He spoke about the future of spring football season and WSU athletics in the era of COVID-19 during a press conference Friday. Chun said WSU are one of three college football teams that did not have a single spring pra...

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