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Northwest Sports – Leach Tries To Lead Cougars Back To Respectability

Cougs Reloading for 2012

NBA teams switch coaches all the time to try and spark their team, and it’s the same in all sports, especially in college football where the margin of error is slim and getting smaller.

You need a coach who is going to be able to lure recruits to your program and Washington State has fallen behind in the Pac-12. They may have gotten their man in the offseason.

A lot of US sportsbook reviews on Mike Leach’s career would start with his nine-year tenure at Texas Texas Tech in which the Red Raiders were known for their high-octane passing offense and they went to a bowl in each season Leach was in Lubbock; Washington State hasn’t been to a bowl since 2003.

Leach was let go by Texas Tech in controversial fashion over a situation with former player Adam James, son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James, and he almost went to Maryland last year before the Terrapins decided to go with Randy Edsall.

Mike Leach, Washington State Cougars

Can The Pirate right the ship?

Players that buy pay per head sportsbook services know how big of a difference coaching can make at a program, and the Cougars were willing to overlook Leach for his past transgressions in order to become competitive in a conference that is getting tougher by the day.

The pieces are in place for Leach to continue his offensive ways as the Cougars were ninth nationally in passing yards last season, and Jeff Tuel got enough reps to step into the quarterback spot left by Marshall Lobbestael, while Marquess Wilson could jump onto the national stage this season.

Remember, Leach knows how to deal with receivers as he coached current San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree, and Wilson could approach that level in his junior season.

However, those who are sports betting online know that you have to protect the quarterback and the Cougars were 116th in sacks allowed last season and that will be a priority in 2012.

Another priority should be a defense that was 93rd against the pass, 111th in pass efficiency defense and 95th in points allowed and in the Pac-12, that isn’t going to fly.

The defense has apparently looked good in spring practice, but they still have a long way to go and even though the Pac-12 is never going to be confused with the SEC in terms of defense, you have to be able to get some stops, especially in the air.

The Cougars aren’t going to challenge for the Pac-12 title, or even in the North division, where they were dead last last year with a 4-8 record and 2-7 in the division, but they were only two wins away from bowl eligibility and the Cougars can make that up in 2012.

With Leach at the helm, the Cougars should start making their way back up the pecking order at your favorite betting websites.


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