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2017 Schedule
9-4, 3rd in Pac 12 - North

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys has agreed to become the new defensive coordinator at Washington State, a source confirmed to ESPN. He will replace Alex Grinch, who was officially announced as an assistant at Ohio State on Monday.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State officially announces Alex Grinch has joined the staff. Grinch, who did an excellent job as Washington State's defensive coordinator and was coveted by several top Power 5 programs, returns to his home state. His responsibilities with the defensive staff will be announced later.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pac-12 finished 1-8 in bowl games, which is the worst single-season bowl record in history for a Power 5 conference (minimum five games). The previous worst was the Big Ten in 2008, which went 1-6, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Utah, which beat West Virginia 30-14, was the only school to register a win.

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Leach mum on Falk after QB misses bowl game

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was photographed earlier in the week with a cast on his non-throwing wrist and missed Thursday night's bowl game, but coach Mike Leach refused to give specifics on the draft prospect's situation.

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Michigan State walks all over Washington State (1:14)
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Lewerke, Spartans roll past Cougars 42-17 in Holiday Bowl

Brian Lewerke threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns, and LJ Scott ran for 110 yards and two scores for No. 18 Michigan State, which took advantage of Luke Falk's absence to rout No. 21 Washington State 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night.

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Michigan State's Lewerke goes deep for TD (0:26)
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Mike Leach cools down coffee during news conference (0:40)
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22dESPN Recruiting

Midterm football recruiting class grades

The first early signing period is in the books. With almost seven weeks until national signing day, some grades are incomplete, but here's how teams have fared.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State has officially announced a contract extension for coach Mike Leach that takes him through the 2022 season. “Coach Leach has led a spectacular turnaround in the fortunes of our football program during the last six years, and we want to keep him in the Cougar family for a long time to come,” WSU president Kirk Schulz said in a statement.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is very much in demand and could be on the move after the Cougars' bowl game. While he's been mentioned for SEC openings, Grinch is an Ohio native who may end up back in the Midwest. It's unlikely WSU, which I've heard is reducing its football spending, could match some of the offers Grinch will receive.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Marlow, the deputy AD at Washington State, has been named the athletic director at Northern Arizona. Marlow has been at WSU since 2010 and is former AD Bill Moos' longtime No. 2, but did not appear to get significant consideration to replace Moos after he left for Nebraska.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State All-America defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa has been named the 2017 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year, announced by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Mata'afa, the AP Pac-12 defensive player of the year, recorded 21.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He follows Colorado's Sefo Liufau, Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley and Oregon's Marcus Mariota as recipients of the award.

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37dKyle Bonagura

Wazzu boots top WR Martin for breaking rules

Tavares Martin Jr., who led Washington State with 70 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season, has been dismissed from the program for violating team rules.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State leading receiver Tavares Martin has been dismissed from the team due to a violation of team rules, according to a team spokesman. Martin led the Cougars with 70 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season.

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Pac-12 will address scheduling concerns for '18

No Pac-12 team will play 12 games in a row in 2018, commissioner Larry Scott told The Associated Press on Thursday. In addition, no Pac-12 team will play a Saturday road game and then be scheduled to play the following Friday away from home.

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40dIvan Maisel

Will Mike Leach spend his career as an outsider?

In 16 years on the college football outskirts at Texas Tech and Washington State, Mike Leach's style made him a star, despite never winning a conference title. After a near miss at Tennessee, will he ever get a high-profile job?

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

The five finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award were announced today. They include: Manase Hungalu (Oregon State), Hercules Mata'afa (Washington State), Andrew Motuapuaka (Virginia Tech), Jahlani Tavai (Hawai'i) and Vita Vea (Washington).  Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau won the award last year.

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Falk tops Mayfield to win Burlsworth Award

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk has topped Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to win the Burlsworth Award, given annually to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

Team Stats

Passing Yards366.82nd
Rushing Yards68.0129th
Points For30.3
Points Against24.447th