Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Nov 2011

Mike Leach to Coach at Washington State

CBS's Bruce Feldman is reporting that the Washington State Cougars will turn their football program over to former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Paul Wulff is out after guiding the Cougars to a 9-40 record over their past four seasons.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 30 Nov 2011

20 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2011, 11:19am by justanothersteve


by Danish Denver-Fan :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 6:31pm

With how bad the Cardinals have been this year, i kind of foresaw Leach jumping ship. Nice to see he was able to get such a high profile job on a very limited resume - he always seemed like a nice guy.

by Kirt (not verified) :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 6:39pm

Wait...At least I think your joking....

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 6:51pm

I was joking. I know next to nothing about college football, and every time i hear Mike Leach mentioned my mind goes to the longsnapper.

by Drunkmonkey :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 8:50pm

I think of the wide receiver he locked in the shed, or something like that... What's the longsnapper?

by ppabich :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 2:53am

That Wide Receiver was Craig James' kid. Leach was a little tired of daddy calling the coach, asking why his son wasn't playing. Leach is a socially awkward A-Hole, but It's hard for me to blame him for the situation.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 4:53am
by Southern Philly :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 3:20pm

He didn't lock anyone in a shed.

by rageon :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 6:40pm

So my dream of him taking over as OC for the Broncos and officially creating the Most Polarizing Team Ever is dead, I guess.

by Theo :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 8:30am

I've noticed this Rule/Law lately (similar to the Godwin Rule):
"As an online football discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Tim Tebow approaches 1."

by Anonymouse 2 (not verified) :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 7:07pm

Woo-Hoo!! Let's hear it for the return of the Air Raid! Thanks Craig James.

by andrew :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 9:19pm

At least this means he won't mention how great a fit he would be for every college opening that comes up. Right?

by Arrrrghhh (not verified) :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 11:28pm

I'm actually kind of disappointed. I've always had a fond spot in my fandom for leach, and was hoping he'd land in greener recruiting pastures like UCLA or ASU.

Really, I think he'd be better off at a place like Memphis or FAU, to be able to compete with comparable talent to the rest of the respective conference, even though its not a big 6 program. He never had great recruiting classes at TT.

Who's knows. Maybe he'll strike gold and jump ship after 2-3 years.

by Dan Guerrero (not verified) :: Wed, 11/30/2011 - 11:34pm


by Junior :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 1:44am

Why has Washington State's football program been so awful the past...however long? A horrible string of coaches, bad AD(s), de-emphasis/non-emphasis on athletics, uncommonly horrible luck, or something else?

by justanothersteve :: Fri, 12/02/2011 - 11:19am

My guess is because there are pleasanter places to play than Pullman, Washington. Nothing against the place. I'm sure the campus and people are nice. But if you had a choice between Wash St, Wash, Oregon, and Oregon St, my guess is you'd probably take one of the last three. While Lincoln, NE may not be much either, it does have a great tradition with a fanatical fan base. Unless they get someone dynamic enough to make it an excellent program like Barry Alvarez did to a moribund Wisconsin program, they'll continue to be mediocre.

by Anonymous(not that one) (not verified) :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 4:28am

Guy won every year at Texas Tech..

by Mr Shush :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 6:49am

My knowledge of Washington State football pretty much consists of Ryan Leaf played for them and they suck, but I am now officially a fan. That man is awesome.

by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 12:00pm

I know they have an alumni who's showed up every week for twenty years on ESPN College Gameday with a school flag. Maybe that guy will be locked in a closet to break the string.

by Dean :: Thu, 12/01/2011 - 4:15pm

Even better than Josh McDaniels?

by Mr Shush :: Fri, 12/02/2011 - 10:31am

Josh McDaniels neither locks people in cupboards nor thinks he's a pirate. There's no comparison.