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If you need to put a date to it, then Jan. 4, 1976, might be as good as any.
College football Saturdays may start the same for many Washington State fans this fall – ESPN College GameDay, morning coffee and hours of channel surfing through the SEC, ACC and Big-12 – but it’s certain they won’t end like they normally do.
Former Washington State coach Mike Leach commended his Mississippi State football players for using their platform to make a stand against social injustice and police brutality after the Bulldogs boycotted preseason camp in Starkville Thursday.
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach is expected to participate in “listening sessions” with student and community groups and tour the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum after he tweeted an image of a noose last week.
Leach’s posts have often toed the line between entertaining and offensive, but Wednesday night the new Mississippi State coach boldly crossed it, posting a photo of an elderly woman resting in a chair and knitting a noose to pass time during self-quarantine.
While visiting his hometown of Woodinville, Washington, recently, Dillard spoke with Derek Johnson, who runs the website WoodinvilleSports.com, and offered a brutally honest review of Leach’s coaching style, causing a social media stir among former players, current players and Washington State fans.
Thank you, Coach (Mike) Leach, for many years of exciting football games and great wins!
Time was, hiring a new coach began with winning the press conference. No more.
Nick Rolovich will be introduced as Washington State’s coach at a 2:30 p.m. news conference Thursday, held inside the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.
Pat Chun and Washington State worked quickly to hire the Cougars’ next football coach. Nick Rolovich hasn’t been introduced in Pullman yet, but WSU players and fans are already buzzing, anticipating the coach’s arrival on the Palouse.
Nick Rolovich, whose run-and-shoot offense helped turn around the Hawaii football program, is set to replace Mike Leach at Washington State, becoming the 33rd head coach in Cougar history. Following are 33 things you may not know about the incoming coach:
A quick and concise search to find the next football coach at Washington State has apparently ended.
The Bulldogs haven’t formally announced any of Leach’s new assistant coaches, but Steve Spurrier Sr. told Chris Fetters of 247Sports his son would be moving to Starkville as the MSU coach builds his staff. While it’s expected Spurrier Jr. will be coaching wide receivers in some capacity, it isn’t clear if he’ll hold the same position he did in Pullman.
Even without knowing who’ll lead Washington State in the wake of Mike Leach’s departure to Mississippi State, it’s fairly easy to draw a few conclusions about the future of the Cougars’ football program without Leach.
Looks like Mike Leach has finally worn out his welcome at WSU.
Before he got too far into describing how he plans to rebuild the Southeastern Conference football program at Mississippi State, Mike Leach had one last parting message for the school he just left, and a sincere one at that.
The comforting response, if you’re a Washington State football fan, is to tell yourself that it was time – that the Mike Leach era had peaked and a change is welcome. The truth, however, is that it’s going to be hard to find anyone who can replicate his success.
Media conference to introduce Mike Leach as football coach at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Wonder if the folks at Mississippi State will enjoy discovering that their new coach considers the Egg Bowl to be just another game?
With the majority of the football team still elsewhere on winter break, and the streets of Pullman relatively quiet, Pat Chun stood at a podium inside the Cougar Football Complex on Thursday and set out the parameters for a coaching search.