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Good morning and happy hump day, Cougs (and Red Raiders)! Last week in this space, I wrote the most quickly dated article in the history of dated articles when I lamented the Wulff firing and demanded a Mike Leach hiring mere hours before the latter actually happened and turned WSU Athletics upside down. I didn't fully understand the need to fire Paul Wulff based on the trajectory of the program, but the NATIONAL reaction to the hiring of Coach Leach established that Bill Moos is infinitely smarter than me (at least as it pertains to being an athletic director; I've still got him beat when it comes to Saved by the Bell knowledge and places to eat in Skagit and Whatcom counties. So there.) The hire got national pundits talking and sent the WSU fan base into an absolute ticket buying, donating, pirate loving frenzy. Admittedly, I thought the pirate thing was slightly overblown and would get tired quickly, but then I saw this video. Now I'm all in on pirates. Ahoy matey! ...
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I can't wait to see Mike Leach's Washington State offense next season. It should be interesting to see how much of an impact he will have on the Pac-12. He certainly made a huge impact on the Big-12 at Texas Tech. The Big-12 had always been a run oriented area of football until 1999. That's when Leach took over as the offensive coordinator of the Oklahoma Sooners...
PULLMAN – Mike Leach has a reputation as a man who likes to have fun, but who also realizes that it requires volumes of hard work from coaches and players to succeed on the football field. Judging from their first meeting with Leach, Washington State players say their new coach’s reputation is an accurate one.
MIKE LEACH IS months away from his first spring football session at Washington State. But it looks like spring on the Palouse will be much different than it has been in decades. And the changes will be immediately apparent.
MIKE LEACH may have landed three for the price of one in Clay McGuire, who is believed headed to Washington State to join Leach’s coaching staff. McGuire is a triple-threat, with experience coaching running backs and special teams, and a reputation as a top-flight recruiter.
A SOMEWHAT SURPRISING announcement was made by Hawaii’s Greg McMackin late on Monday, that he was “retiring” after four seasons at the helm with one year left on his contract. Could the move usher in McMackin’s reunion with Mike Leach in Pullman?
So today's the day - we finally get a look at the new WSU coach, as the locals head to Pullman to take a look at none other than Mike Leach. It seems like an eternity since early last week, when reports started to surface that 1) Wulff was out, and 2) Leach was candidate number one. And in the world of these here internets 'n such, a week is a flippin' LIFETIME...
MIKE LEACH WAS officially introduced before a throng of crimson supporters and seemed completely at ease, whether he was cracking jokes or talking about winning and winning big at Wazzu.
PULLMAN - The atmosphere at the CUB senior ballroom was electric on Tuesday. The Cougar marching band was jamming along and the fight song filled the air just before Mike Leach's arrival. More than 1,300 Coug fans piled in to welcome the new head coach, and CF.C was on hand to capture the thoughts and emotions of some of the crimson faithful in attendance.
Actually, I’m not sure if any coach besides Mike Leach would do something like this:
My roommate was going to ask Leach a question for me
since I couldn’t make it, but instead I got a phone call from The Captain himself! So I got to ask me question directly. I asked, “How do you think Tuel and the receiving corp fit with your Air Raid offense?”
He kind of chuckled and said...
A week ago, Mike Leach, Hugh Freeze and Curtis Johnson were considered potential candidates to replace Larry Porter as University of Memphis football coach. A week later, Leach, Freeze and Johnson have been chosen to turn other programs around.
Mike Leach was introduced Tuesday as the new head coach at Washington State.
PULLMAN – Washington State quarterbacks Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday say they’re excited about operating Mike Leach’s famed spread offense, and for good reason. Not only did all 10 of Leach’s Texas Tech teams post winning records and play in bowl games, but all 10 teams finished in the top six nationally in passing and total offense. Six of those teams were No. 1 in passing.