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TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Washington State moved swiftly to hire former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach just a day after firing Paul Wulff late last November, the move was widely praised as a bold and smart hire. Leach was just the high-profile offensive genius to revitalize the Cougars, who had become perennial losers.
When Arizona State finally concluded its prolonged search and hired Todd Graham away from Pittsburgh after one season on the job in mid-December, the choice was widely lambasted. ASU had hired a job hopper with little loyalty to his program or the players he coached.
Although the final judgment likely won't be known for years, the tone has changed markedly for the two programs as they prepare to meet with the 2012 season winding down.
Graham has put in place a culture of discipline, accountability and support that from early on has drawn praise from ASU fans accustomed to free-and-loose teams consistently underachieving. And while the Sun Devils' 5-5 record is not ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Last Saturday Washington State star wide receiver Marquess Wilson accused head coach Mike Leach of abuse in a letter in which he also announced that he’d quit the team. The Washington State responded to the allegations Monday. “There is no truth about it at all.” He described Wilson as a disgruntled player. “Sixty five people [...]
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WASHINGTON STATE COACH Mike Leach reiterated that all charges levied against him and his staff by former wide receiver Marquess Wilson are false during his Monday teleconference. He also has no problem with WSU president Elson Floyd requesting an investigation by the school’s athletic department and the Pac-12 about Wilson’s allegation that he and other players were abused by...
Mike Leach, Washington State's head football coach, talks with Matt this week about what has been a challenging first season as head coach. They discuss the idea of trying to change the losing culture; his players' low expectations of themselves; and why the future looks bright. Plus, he talks about his recent ban of Twitter, his impressions of the Pac-12 conference, and...
What a week it was for the Washington State football team. Their star receiver, Marquess Wilson was announced as “suspended” from the football team, with rumors that the junior would never come back. Then, just two hours before kickoff of this weekend’s game vs. UCLA, Wilson released a statement about “abuse” by Mike Leach and his coaching staff.In what are very serious...
IT HAS NOT quite lived up to the hope of providing Washington State fans their first bowl since 2003. But coach Mike Leach said during his Tuesday Pac-12 football coaches teleconference that he is not discouraged about the state of the program as Washington State plays its final road game of the season at noon Saturday at Arizona State (TV: Pac-12 Networks).
That is a word that gets thrown around a great deal, especially in regards to the new generation. While every generation insists that it had the hardest time, or endured the most to obtain what it has, this is the first time that one word has been used to cover an entire generational group.
Various claims that the newest generation is spoiled are nothing...
SPOKANE – Washington State athletic director Bill Moos said he met with head football coach Mike Leach “for about an hour Sunday” regarding receiver Marquess Wilson’s well-publicized physical abuse accusations and “a variety of things,” including recruiting.
Whether it’s a winless record in the Pac-12 or accusations of mental abuse by Head Coach Mike Leach and his staff, these are turbulent times in Pullman. Cougfan.com’s Barry Bolton discusses ASU’s next opponent and some of the issues that have affected the program in 2012.
Mike Leach spent two years out of coaching after allegations of player mistreatment cost him his job at Texas Tech. Now at Washington State, Leach is facing a similar situation.
Marquess Wilson left the Cougars prior to their 44-36 loss to UCLA on Saturday citing the coaching staff’s preference to “belittle, intimidate and humiliate” the players as the chief cause. Wilson also...
Unquiet on the Western Front
Mike Leach in trouble?
Washington State president Elson Floyd is calling on the Pac-12 to investigate claims by former Cougar wide receiver Marquess Wilson's allegations of player abuse by head football coach Mike Leach. (The Seattle Times)
Mike Leach is a jerk.
Because Johnny Ginter said so. (Eleven Warriors)
Stay classy, USC.
PULLMAN – The Cougs battled frigid temperatures on the practice field Tuesday evening, but looked sharp and full of energy. Head coach Mike Leach named a starting quarterback for Saturday, and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero said any statements that allege abuse or mishandling during halftime at Utah were false.
That game was Oregon-close, which is to say Oregon was comfortable in the 4th quarter, but still one or two weird plays away from a loss. That’s as opposed to twenty absurd plays away from a loss. Elsewhere, don’t look now but the Puppy Dawgs grabbed their third straight by demolishing Utah in Washington’s best performance of the season.
UCLA jumped out to a huge lead against...
"Gotta keep the Devil, down in the hole..."
Welcome to the 2nd to last week of Cougar football. We are heading to the desert to take on Sparky’s Devils who find themselves with their once promising season on the rocks. Tempe is a place where, historically, Cougar dreams have gone to die. This season our dreams are already as dead as Julius Caesar, so we have that going...