PULLMAN — It isn’t that Mike Leach envisioned Washington State’s defense giving up 143 points in three games, ceding 1,715 total yards of offense through the first third of the Pac-12 schedule or going 10 full quarters without causing a turnover.

PULLMAN — No, Mike Leach was not prepared to divulge the contents of his final conversation with Tracy Claeys six days after Washington State’s defensive coordinator informed the coach he’d called his last plays for the Cougars.

PULLMAN — Mike Leach hinted Monday afternoon that Washington State would consider personnel changes for its much-maligned defense in the wake of Tracy Claeys’ unexpected resignation as defensive coordinator.

PULLMAN — Utah’s defensive backs pressed up against the chests of USC’s wide receivers. They scaled them like jungle gyms. They made attempts to bump the big, strong wideouts off the ball, and direct them away from their intended route paths.

PULLMAN – The recent wave of quarterback injuries in the National Football League may be an unsettling trend for anyone playing the position at the professional level, but it’s also created an opportunity for less-heralded backups who generally throw their only passes in preseason games.

PULLMAN — After a great deal of speculation over the last month, HBO announced it will spotlight Washington State and three other schools, Arizona State, Penn State and Florida, in a college football all-access series that will air later this fall, the network revealed Wednesday.

Luke Falk was left off the New York Jets’ initial 53-man roster, but the former Washington State quarterback was elevated to a backup role Thursday after starter Sam Darnold was ruled out indefinitely with mononucleosis.

James Williams has agreed to a free agent deal with the Detroit Lions and the former Washington State running back could get his first carries in an NFL uniform when Detroit visits Cleveland for its preseason finale Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Pacific.

PULLMAN – Christian Haangana, a redshirt junior offensive linemen who would’ve been a primary backup for Washington State this fall, has been removed from the team roster and is no longer a member of the Cougars football team, a source confirmed Monday to The Spokesman-Review.

PULLMAN — Mike Leach has tiptoed around most questions pertaining to Washington State’s quarterback job, but for the first time this camp the Cougars coach left a big hint as to who may be starting in the season opener against New Mexico State.