Posted April 21, 2012 on
GORGEOUS SKIES and nearly 11,000 fans welcomed Mike Leach and his Washington State Cougars to Spokane today for the Crimson & Gray Game. The bright spots were numerous. Jeff Tuel completed 19 of 21 passes for 285 yards and two TDs -- including an 84 yarder to Marquess Wilson to launch the proceedings -- despite consistent pressure from a defense that exploited a banged up offensive line.

4-star QB gives Leach, WSU trip high marks

FOUR-STAR QB PROSPECT TYLER BRUGGMAN wrapped up his extended unofficial visit to Washington State on Sunday morning. He and his parents met face to face with Mike Leach over the course of a few days in Pullman, and even made the drive up to Spokane for the Crimson & Gray game. Here’s how his trip to Washington State played out, and what happens next…

Inside Leach's first verbal commitment

MIKE LEACH and Washington State offered Trevor Walker out of Arlington, Texas about three weeks ago. The safety prospect had a bunch of other suitors increasingly looking his way as well. But something just set Wazzu apart from the rest, he told CF.C. And the fact they told him he was the No. 1 safety prospect on their recruiting board didn't hurt either.

Bellevue LB w/Leach offer plans on early call

THE COUGS AND MIKE LEACH have thrown their hat into the ring for Bellevue inside ‘backer Sean Constantine. And he doesn’t plan on drawing the process out.

Leach Lands Texas Safety

Washington State coach Mike Leach returned to familiar recruiting grounds when he landed Arlington (Tex.) Mansfield Timberview safety Trevor Walker Thursday night…

Seattle WR w/ WSU offer digs Leach's Air Raid

NO PREP ATHLETE has clocked a faster 60 meters time in the United States this year. He has two Pac-12 offers, including one from Mike Leach and the Cougs. And his recent unofficial visit to Wazzu was an eye opener.

Seen & Heard on Planet Coug

ADD COWBOY BOOTS to the list of non-football topics that Mike Leach has a strong opinion about. When’s newest correspondent, Adam Lewis, asked offensive line coach Clay McGuire on Thursday if the Cougar staff had veered into any off-beat conversations of late, McGuire didn’t hesitate.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Stadium rennovations, Jim Mora Jr., Mike Leach, and more.

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.) Be True to Your School. Arizona State is hoping that alumni and other supporters of the athletic program will step up and provide donations to the funding of the schools lofty goals, which include...

Tuel loves uncomplicated Cougar offense

SPOKANE -- The Washington State Cougars don’t expect miracles out of Mike Leach. For $2.25 million a year, however, they do expect excitement and improvement from the football team.

Northwest Sports – Leach Tries To Lead Cougars Back To Respectability

Cougs Reloading for 2012 NBA teams switch coaches all the time to try and spark their team, and it’s the same in all sports, especially in college football where the margin of error is slim and getting smaller. You need a coach who is going to be able to lure recruits to your program and Washington State has fallen behind in the Pac-12. They may have gotten their man in the offseason...

SPRING BALL DAY 13: Ready for Albi

PULLMAN—If balance is what Mike Leach wants to see, the Cougs certainly delivered in the last session before Saturday’s Crimson and Gray game in Spokane's Joe Albi Stadium. Meanwhile the D continued to be hampered by injuries, but that didn’t stop them from grabbing some takeaways off Jeff Tuel and the quarterbacks.

Crimson & Gray Photo Essay

SPOKANE -- The Air Raid made its public debut at Spokane's Albi Stadium on Saturday and was there to capture the action not only in writing but pictures too. Here is a 16-shot look at the launch of the Mike Leach Era.


SPOKANE – After the performance Jeff Tuel turned in Saturday, brilliantly capping an overall stellar spring season, it's hard not to think he has a lock on the starting quarterback job. Still, head coach Mike Leach said after the Crimson & Gray Game that injured backup Connor Halliday will be given a shot to start when fall practice begins in August.

Spring Game Stuff, Etc

Happy Friday Cougs, and welcome to Spring Game Eve.  Finally we get to see some form of Mike Leach, Pirate-style football action tomorrow - in person, no less.  Yes, it's "Cougar on Cougar" violence, which is always a little weird, yet should be extremely interesting.  But like we've said before, scrimmage "games" like this are always a little strange...

College Fantasy Football: High Impact Coaching Changes

There have been 26 FBS coaching changes (thus far) this offseason.  Which ones are the most intriguing from a college fantasy football perspective? MIKE LEACH – head coach, Washington State Previous Gig: head coach, Texas Tech Offensive Philosophy: Air Raid, pass-first Fantasy Impact: The focus here is, of course, on the passing game. Jeff Tuel, if healthy, was already one of...
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