Found May 31, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
With guys like Mike Leach, Rich Rodriguez and Jim Mora getting back on the sidelines this fall, it's easy to see why so many fan bases are excited to get things started again in the fall. But how do you evaluate their success since most of them are taking over programs that have hit rock bottom? Each one will go through a transition period, even John L. Williams at Arkansas. Let's take a look at this season's first-year coaches and make a prediction for 2012. Terry Bowden, Akron I like the hire of Bowden at Akron. He's a proven winner and could turn the Zips around. Akron has invested well in its facilities and the administration has big expectations. Except for one stop in his career, Bowden has won big in his first year. It's hard to see the same thing happening at Akron. But it shouldn't take Bowden long to have the Zips at a competitive level in the Mid-American Conference. 2012 Prediction: 2-10 Rich Rodriguez, Arizona Rodriguez is the oppos...

Leach dishes on playoffs, concussions & James

WHAT IF MIKE LEACH wasn’t a football coach but instead a commissioner – what if he was in charge of making changes to college football’s postseason. Leach would institute a playoff but it wouldn’t be of the plus-one, 4-team or even 8-team variety. A 16-team playoff? A 32-team playoff? Nope. Think bigger.

Leach compares Cougs and his first Tech team

IN ONLY SIX months on the job, Mike Leach has seemingly become the most interviewed coach in Washington State football history. Yet in the mountains of media attention he's attracted, there's one question -- a very straight-forward one, in fact -- that appears to have gone unasked. Until now.

Craig James polling at just 3% in Texas Senate Primary!

Today is election day in the Texas Senate primary and the prospects for former ESPN analyst/bane of Mike Leach existence Craig James don’t look too promising. Yesterday, Craig James was polling almost as popular as  “Undecided” and better than  “Other.” James was receiving 3% in the polls; which is less than the 4.5% margin of error. Therefore, James could actually be...

Cougs not shy about putting scholies on feet

TALK ALL YOU want about wide splits, the sand pit and all the rest. Here's something that's really different at WSU since Mike Leach became the head coach: the Cougs have offered scholarships to two placekicking prospects in the span of six months. That's notable because you can count on one hand the number of scholarship offers WSU has made to kickers in the last 40 years.

Trend lines aplenty in WSU hunt for RBs

JAMAL MORROW this week became the tenth known high school running back to receive a scholarship offer from Washington State, thus putting an exclamation mark on three different trend lines Mike Leach and his staff have established this recruiting cycle when it comes to prospects in the backfield.
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