Leach & WSU?
Amid speculation that Paul Wulff’s tenure could end as early as today, reports from Seattle Times columnist Bud Withers, sighting a source close to Washington State AD Bill Moos, is that Mike Leach is the top candidate of possible replacements.
The WSU Cougars lost 38-21 to Washington on Saturday in the 2011 Apple Cup at Century Link field in Seattle.
A hiring of Leach would come with some baggage. According to Stewart Mandel of Sportsillustrated.com
“Texas Teach fired Mike Leach on Dec. 30, 2009 for “a defiant act of insubordination” when he challenged his suspension over allegations he mistreated a player, receiver Adam James, who was diagnosed with a concussion.
Reports at the time claimed Leach twice ordered James — the son of ESPN analyst Craig James — be separated from the team while unable to practice, the first time in an equipment shed, the second in an electrical closet.
A public relations firm hired by James’ family posted a cell-phone video on YouTube that the player shot of himself inside a dark room.”
After his dismissal Leach filed two lawsuits. One against Texas Tech for wrongful termination, and the other against ABC/ESPN for slander, both are still pending an outcome.
Without a doubt a hiring of Mike Leach would come with not only heavy baggage of his past indiscretions, but also intense criticism from the loyal Cougar fan base who are worried about WSU being held back from potential games being shown on ABC/ESPN because of Leach’s lawsuit.
In 10 seasons as head coach at Texas Tech, Leach has a record of 84-43. He is 5-4 in bowl games, and has won at least 7 games in every season as head coach.
Apparently the result of the Apple Cup will not be a factor in the decision on Coach Paul Wulff, who has a year remaining on his five-year contract. If Wulff has coached his last game he’d finish with a 9-40 record, and a .184 winning percentage, which is worst in school history.
Updated Monday November 28th
Amid speculation that Saturday night’s 38-21 loss to Washington would be his last game as WSU’s head coach, Paul Wulff’s usual Sunday evening conference call was canceled by AD Bill Moos so the two of them could discuss the future of the program.
Most were assuming this meeting would be the jumping off point that would eventually lead to a press conference later in the afternoon with Moos making the announcement that Wulff has been dismissed as head coach.
That ended up not being the case. As the afternoon session had convened for the day, Moos released this statement though various news outlets including Chris Swanson of KXLY Sports in Spokane.
Moos on Wulff “Paul and I met for an hour and a half this afternoon so I could hear his assessment of the season and where he would like to take the program from here. Our discussions will be ongoing.”
Those discussions will reconvene today with an announcement expected shortly there after.
As soon as an announcement is made, I will accordingly post something.