Big things were expected of Mike Leach when he became Washington State coach on Nov. 30, 2011. Thus far, it has been a disappointment.
OK, it is early in Leach's tenure at Pullman and perhaps that statement is unfair. Granted Leach has been coach for only one 3-9 season, but outside of a 31-28 victory over rival Washington, there hasn't been much to build on.
The roster he inherited was lacking in talent, and the few players on hand didn't fit his style of play.
Bottom line: it's likely to be another long season. The Cougars open at Auburn and USC. Winnable home games against Southern Utah and Idaho follow, but powerhouse Stanford comes to Pullman In Week 5. That would leave Washington State 2-3 with the remainder of the Pacific 12 schedule to play. Finishing with four or more wins will be a Herculean challenge.
He's back. Mike Leach takes center stage in Washington State's poster schedule, and why not? The Cougars haven't been to a bowl game since 2003 and Leach, quirks and all, offers the fans in Pullman hope. If nothing else, Leach's teams are always entertaining. Who else goes for it regularly on fourth down, often deep in a team's own territory?
Click the image to enlarge. Thanks to Eric.
After the jump is a video of players handing out season tickets in the community.
Washington State's program got the boost it needed with the hiring of Mike Leach, and Cougar faithful showed their enthusiasm at Saturday's spring scrimmage, which was held at Albi Stadium in Spokane.
A presumed spring-scrimmage record crowd of 10,713 — including Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin — watched Leach's team run 80 plays. Eight receivers had reps with the first-team offense and the coach indicated that will be the norm come fall. One concern is protecting the quarterback. The defense had nine sacks, most coming against the first- and second-team offensive lines.
There are additional photos after the jump and you can view Greg's complete gallery by clicking here.
Mike Leach made the trek from Key West to Pullman and was introduced Tuesday as Washington State coach. Here are his opening remarks and the usual softball questions that permeate such a gathering. Forward to the 7-minute mark if you want to get straight to Leach's remarks.
Paul Wulff returns for his fourth season as Washington State coach and although the team has lost 10 or more games in each of his seasons, there are signs the Cougars are about to turn it around. A manageable nonconference schedule could mean a 3-0 start and although the first two Pacific 12 games are on the road — at Colorado and UCLA — it's not out of the question that Washington State could be 5-0 or 4-1 entering an Oct. 15 home game against Stanford.
Click the image for an enlarged view. Thanks to Eric.