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PULLMAN -- Washington State took to the practice field Tuesday afternoon amid some boisterous music intended to provide some extra energy. Unfortunately for the Cougar players, Mike Leach was not satisfied with the effort, noting that both offense and defense were bland in execution far too often.

Mike Leach call his players "zombie-like" with "an empty corpse quality"

Things have not been going as planned for first-year Washington State head football coach Mike Leach. The Cougars are a dismal 2-4 in 2012. At this point you would think The Pirate King would start going into one of those incomparable rants that have made him both beloved and reviled at the same time. Well, you'd be correct. Leach went off on his team, and compared some of them...

A closer look at Cougar O

PULLMAN – When Washington State athletic director Bill Moos hired his new football coach last winter, Moos stressed that Mike Leach was brought aboard not just to win games, but to attract fans with his prolific offense. Midway through Leach’s first season, ticket sales, booster numbers and financial donations have all improved dramatically from a year ago. Wins and offense? Not so much.

Leach: Some Cougs have 'empty-corpse quality'

THE BIGGEST TALKING POINT for Washington State coach Mike Leach recently has been his team's lack of leadership. Leach continued to discuss those issues and the Cougars' quarterback and offensive line situations during his Monday afternoon teleconference. WSU hosts California at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (TV: Pac-12 Networks).

Leach says offense requires patience

FROM NFL FILM to Oregon, Washington State coach Mike Leach was asked a hodgepodge of questions during his Pac-12 coaches teleconference Tuesday morning as the Cougars prepare to face California at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Martin Stadium (TV: Pac-12 Networks).

Cougs may shrink offensive playbook vs. Cal

SPOKANE -- If you’re going to run Mike Leach’s offense, you have to pull the trigger. And that, Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro told Monday’s gathering at the weekly Cougar Club Luncheon, is where the unit is struggling.

The Early Glimpse: Cougs vs. Bears

ABOUT 10 MONTHS ago, Cougar Nation was abuzz when Bill Moos introduced Mike Leach as Washington State football coach. The man came to Pullman with a reputation as a passing game genius, someone the Big 12 spent 10 years chasing without much success.

Simone finding his niche after long road

PULLMAN - If Gino Simone’s football career doesn’t extend beyond the final half of the 2012 season, his next job could include reeling in potential recruits for Mike Leach.

Lifeless Cougars still dangerous

California is well-aware of the dangers Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson, defensive end Travis Long can present Saturday.

Cougars remain work in progress

(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press At the midpoint of Washington State's first season under coach Mike Leach, the Cougars remain a work in progress. Washington State (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) has problems all around, and so far has mostly failed to produce in the Air Raid offense that Leach made famous at Texas Tech. The Cougars have...

Football Friday on a Thursday, Week 7 of 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a very special edition of Football Friday on a Thursday. It is “very special” because we have a guest picker who is going to kick things off for us this week. Joining us on his whirlwind tour of the internet after getting a little front page time on for calling our seniors a bunch of empty corpses, please welcome head coach Mike...

Monday Links: QB's, Blog Polls and Podcasts

Happy Monday Cougs, as we roll into another week.  The team was back at practice last night, albeit a light one, but there is some QB news to get to.  Let's go..... So the drama of who will be behind center this week?  Yeah, not much drama really.  Per Christian Caple, it appears that they will stick with the status quo? Asked if Halliday will continue to take starter...

Not Meshing

  Hello Followers.  Hope you had a great weekend. As for me, well, after punching the clock for several hours this morning, I had the opportunity to hop on the old treadmill and take in the 60 minute rewind of our 19-6 loss this past Saturday to the Beavs. For that, and a whole lot less, read on. ++++ Followers, in my brief post on Saturday, I lauded the defense and cursed...
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