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Baylor's new head football coach Dave Aranda addresses the media during an NCAA college football news conference, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

New Baylor coach Aranda sensed something special with Bears

Jan. 20, 2020 4:52 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Dave Aranda sensed something special about Baylor even before the Bears were looking for a new head coach. “I could see the togetherness of the team, I could see the toughness of the team,” said Aranda, who as national champion LSU's defensive coordinator saw Baylor on film...

Mississippi State's Hill, Thompson staying for senior years

Jan. 15, 2020 8:32 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill and linebacker Erroll Thompson have decided to return to school for their senior seasons rather than enter the NFL draft. The decision represents a reversal for Hill, who had said last month he planned to enter the draft. Mississippi State...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich walks the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State, in Boise, Idaho. Washington State is close to finalizing an agreement with Rolovich to take over as the Cougars' head football coach, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. (AP Photo/Steve Conner, File)

Washington State hires Rolovich as coach, replacing Leach

Jan. 14, 2020 7:48 PM EST

Nick Rolovich has left behind the beaches of Oahu for the wheat fields of the Palouse and the chance to see if his pass-happy, high-scoring style can work at Washington State. Rolovich was hired by Washington State on Tuesday, completing a whirlwind week for the Cougars that saw Mike Leach depart for Mississippi...

New Mississippi State NCAA college football coach Mike Leach speaks at a news conference Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Starkville, Miss., based university, after being officially introduced as the head coach. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Leach relishes chance to test himself at Mississippi State

Jan. 10, 2020 3:25 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The opportunity to coach in a talent-rich area helped persuade Mike Leach make the decision to leave Washington State and accept the Mississippi State job, giving him the chance to test himself in the Southeastern Conference. “I know we’ve got a lot of work to do...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, Washington State head coach Mike Leach watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Houston, in Houston. Two people with knowledge of the decision says Mississippi State has hired Washington State's Mike Leach as its new head coach.  The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, because the school has not yet officially announced the move. Leach will replace Joe Moorhead, who was fired last week after two seasons. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Mississippi State hires Mike Leach away from Washington St

Jan. 9, 2020 4:16 PM EST

The pirate is heading to Starkvegas. Mississippi State hired Washington State's Mike Leach as its new head coach Thursday, bringing one of the nation's quirkiest and most successful coaches from the Pac-12 to the Southeastern Conference. Leach will replace Joe Moorhead, fired last week after two seasons....

Air Force running back Nolan Eriksen (19) runs for a first down against Washington State during the first half of the Cheez-It Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Air Force tops Washington State 31-21 at Cheez-It Bowl

Dec. 28, 2019 2:38 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Air Force clung to a three-point lead, the clock showing plenty of time left for one of the nation's most prolific offenses. A field goal was not going to be good enough. The Falcons needed a touchdown to leave Washington State no chance. Going for it on fourth down was the only option...

Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon tries to escape the grasp of Washington defensive lineman Benning Potoa'e during the first half an NCAA college football game, on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

No. 24 Air Force meets Washington State in Cheez-It Bowl

Dec. 26, 2019 4:06 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Washington State plays an offense known as the Air Raid, designed to spread teams out, get players into space, rack up huge amounts of passing yards. Air Force tends to work in tighter spaces, relying on a triple option that's difficult to defend and annually is among the nation's best at...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left, congratulates quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) after he scored a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Southern Methodist, in Dallas. Mayfield hasn't forgotten what happened between him and Kingsbury. However, it appears the Browns quarterback has forgiven one of his former college coaches. He's buried the hatchet _ and not in Kingsbury's back. “It’s in the past,” Mayfield said Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, of his issues when he played at Texas Tech for Kingsbury, Arizona's first-year coach. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Browns' Mayfield not fueled by college rift with Cards coach

Dec. 11, 2019 4:50 PM EST

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield won't forget what happened between him and Kliff Kingsbury. Some scars remain. However, it appears the Browns quarterback has forgiven one of his former college coaches. “It’s in the past,” Mayfield said Wednesday of his issues when he played at Texas...

Washington quarterback Jacob Eason scores a touchdown during the first half an NCAA college football game against Washington State, on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Apple Cup stays with Washington after 31-13 win over Wazzu

Nov. 29, 2019 9:08 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The names changed. The script remained the same. A lot of Washington defense mixed in with just enough offensive punch. And plenty of frustration from Washington State after its high-scoring offense was shut down by its rival, again. For the seventh straight year the Apple Cup will reside in...