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WSU Players Excited to Work With Mike Leach

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Jeff Tuel said his team is "fired up" about working with new head coach Mike Leach (Photo: SWX) Jeff Tuel said his team is "fired up" about working with new head coach Mike Leach (Photo: SWX)
PULLMAN, Wash. -

By late afternoon on Wednesday, everyone knew Mike Leach would be the new football coach at Washington State. So, Bill Moos' meeting with the team at 4 p.m. (PT) didn't reveal anything new to the players, most of whom had been recruited by outgoing coach Paul Wulff, who had been fired a little more than 24-hours earlier.

In general, players – past and present – seemed optimistic and receptive to working with Leach.

"Mr. Moos was just talking about and telling us who our head coach was, I'm pretty sure everyone knew already who it was," said quarterback Jeff Tuel. "To hear it from his mouth made it real. He told us a little bit about Coach Leach and what type of guy he is, what he expects and it sounds like all good stuff. We're all fired up it."

"There's definitely excitement," added defensive end Travis Long. "Moos seemed really excited about Coach Leach coming in and things that he is going to do for us. We just have to keep on working and getting better in the offseason. We can't let this distract us."

Moos revealed late Wednesday that Leach was the only candidate he spoke with before making the decision to bring him on board to replace Wulff. The university has scheduled a news conference next Tuesday (Dec. 6) to formally introduce Leach.

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