Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/13/12
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 what any...
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  • The thing about adversity is it shows what you are made of. If you are a diamond or a jewel it will shine you up. If deep down you are a talented looking piece of sandstone you will crumble and fall apart. A tough practice and coach can expose what you need the worst someone to tell you are better than that.
    Go Coogs! I see greatness in your future. MW is a great talent. A fine exists to make a great talent a future great success.
    Former Leach player Wes Welker is both a great talent and tough player who faced being rejected by the Miami Dolphins but shines with NE Pats.
    This game is not for the faint hearted or the wish it was easy kind of thinking.

    Will this team respond, they already have one walked out 15 minutes into the practice. When told it would result in a penalty he quit and made his feelings known in a letter.
    The rest toughed it out and did not follow his lead. If this is what you want give in to all demands made by the players.
    If this is not what you want let the coaches coach, and your team will grow from the experience. At this level there will be some fall out and Coach Leach is the first to have to answer for that.
    Leach also expects his athletes to perform in the classroom, and his success at Tech was not just on the field, he expects a lot and if left to his business has always produced great results.
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