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20hKyle Bonagura

Leach: Hilinski showed no signs of depression

Washington State coach Mike Leach said that quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who killed himself Tuesday, gave no outward indication of depression or sadness, calling the quarterback someone who "would lift up others when they were down."

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3dKyle Bonagura

Washington St. QB Hilinski's death ruled suicide

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski's death has officially been ruled a suicide by the Whitman County Coroner's office. Hilinski was found dead Tuesday afternoon with a rifle and a handwritten suicide note beside him, police said.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

The Whitman County (Wash.) Coroner's office has officially ruled Tyler Hilinski's death a suicide, it announced Thursday. Hilinski, a quarterback for Washington State, was found dead Tuesday afternoon. The official cause of death is a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner's office confirmed. He was 21.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Visited with Nebraska AD Bill Moos in Indianapolis ahead of the DI autonomy discussion forum. Moos, formerly of Washington State, said he was stunned and saddened by the news of Tyler Hilinski's death this week. Moos said he knew Hilinski well and that he came from a great family in California.

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski dies in apparent suicide (0:22)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Hilinski's brother, Ryan, provided the following statement: "We, as a family, are grieving after receiving news that my brother, Tyler Hilinski took his own life this afternoon. We are in complete shock and disarray. Tyler was the kid that put a smile on everybody's face when they were down, especially his family. We will mourn the loss of Tyler for some time but celebrate the way he lived his life every day."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State announced the press conference it has scheduled to introduce its new athletic director tomorrow has been postponed. It will release another statement shortly regarding the passing of Tyler Hilinski.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, 21, was found dead in an apartment in Pullman, according to Pullman police. He suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a rifle was found next to him with a suicide note.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun is set to be named the new athletic director at Washington State, sources told ESPN. He will be introduced Wednesday.

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.

Michigan State walks all over Washington State (1:14)

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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27dESPN 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.

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