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Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Mike Leach and Washington State have a lot of people to thank.

Start with Ohio State. Jim Tressel, Gordon Gee and Gene Smith in particular. Throw in USC, Penn State and Syracuse. There’s probably a few others out there, at least accused of reprehensible behavior. In their own way, they all opened the door a little further for Leach to find work again.

After sitting out the two previous seasons, The Pirate verbally agreed to take the Washington State job per our Bruce Feldman.

How bad does it look now suing a former employer? Not even. A potential courtroom smackdown of Craig James would draw a standing-room crowd. But it’s no reason to shun an accomplished coach. Leach’s legal preferences have nothing to do with cheating to win a championship, taking extra benefits, lying or looking the other way while alleged victims suffered. In fact, Leach should be admired for sticking to his beliefs and doggedly pursuing those three lawsuits. They dragged on at the same time college athletics made most of the news -- dragging itself into a sewer.

Time and circumstances, it seems, can always turn a pariah into a savior. Especially one armed with equal parts charisma, quirkiness and offensive innovation.

We reached critical mass on Wednesday. Washington State’s desperation to win outstripped any off-field concerns there would be about Leach. His case against Texas Tech currently caught up in the Texas State Court of Appeals doesn’t seem like that big a deal at the moment. Not when Ohio State is throwing $4 million a year at Urban Meyer at the same time it is fighting the NCAA on two fronts. Not when USC is just entering the worst phase of its NCAA penalties. Not when Penn State may never be the same.

In this sometimes sordid world of college athletics, these types of lawsuits seem like paper swords. This pirate swings a much more substantial such weapon. Winning remains the currency of choice, which it should be in Pullman.

This is a program that was in the Rose Bowl as recently as 2003. It’s also a program that ran itself into the ground with a series of bad hires and bad decisions. Remember when Mike Price went to Alabama? Wazzu is a small-budget operation that exists on the edge Throw in a suddenly winnable Pac-12, stability and money – lots of money – and the choice was easy for Washington State AD Bill Moos.

Did I say small budget? That, it should be noted, is about to change. The Pac-12 is counting on what could be a $30 million per year payout per school in the near future. Armed with those kinds of Benjamins, Moos acted decisively. Kansas was the other main suitor. Jayhawks AD Sheahon Zenger has a long relationship with Leach. Kansas football is experiencing a similar football downturn. Someone needs to put a bottle of Heinz 57 on Zenger’s desk. Ketchup! He just got skunked.

Or maybe it’s just the college football landscape. Maybe Leach was balancing offers from both schools. Washington State: 9-40 over the last four years, but a member of what claims to be the richest conference in the country. Kansas: 5-19 in two years under Turner Gill in a league that is guaranteed (we think) to stay together only six more years.

A bad rich program is better than a bad unstable one.

Either way, we can only hope that Craig James never again has to do either of their games, right?

 

 

 

Category: NCAAF
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Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:50 am
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

This was the exact post I was about to make. Mike Leach is one of the more honorable coaches in the entire realm of College Football, and thanks to some meddling egos on the board and in the administration at Texas Tech, one of the most unfairly maligned.

I am immediately adding Washington State as one of my favorite College Football teams. I only wish there was a game scheduled between TTech and Washington State before the news of Leach's hire became known. It would have had to be previously done because TTech dropped TCU from their schedule because they were afraid they would lose and not be able to get enough wins to get in a bowl game (which happened none-the-less).

But wouldn't it have been great to see a Leach-led Washington State play a Tuberville-led TTech? Maybe if they are both bowl eligible next year, some smart-minded bowl committee can arrange that match-up.

I'd rather watch that than a national championship game.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:10 am
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

@pinedale. care to decipher this gibberish?



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:07 am
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

The best thing about this article is the thought that Craig James will lose in court and be exposed for the phony that he really is. ESPN should get rid of this liar.



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

not sure what happened on the last post??????



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

Want a real answer to the BCS mess?? Here's my shot at it:
(6) 20 team conferences (that includes all 120 teams). Each conference has (2) 10 team divisions. Play 12 game schedule...9 division games, 1 permanent counter division rival, 1 rotating counter division rival, and 1 OOC game. Each division winner makes playoffs (12 teams). 4 at large bids. Playoff teams are ranked 1-16 for bracket. Higher seed hosts 1st round game played 1st week of Dec. 2nd rd games (8 teams) played 3rd week of Dec at Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, & Orange. Winners advance to final 4. Location determined by bid (I just got Jerry Jones' attention). Semi final games played Jan 1. NC played 2nd week of Jan.
Conferences- ACC, SEC, Pac, Big 10, Big 12, and Big East
Smaller conferences are absorbed thus creating those "creampuffs" within the conference. No need to schedule them, but if you lose to one; you probably don't win conference
ACC (Atlantic)      
;  ACC (Coastal)    Big 12 (North)    Big 12 (South)    SEC (East)    SEC (West)    Big 10 (Legends)  Big 10 (Leaders)  
Clemson    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     Va
Tech     &
nbsp;     
  Kansas     
;     &nbs
p;     Texas     
      
;     Fla&
nbsp;     
      
;    Bama     &
nbsp;     
  Mich St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   Wis
 Fla st     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;   Virginia    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;  K St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;  Baylor  
      
;     &nbs
p; UGA     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;  Auburn     
;      Mich     &
nbsp;     
      
; Penn St
Wake Forest     
;      Ga Tech     &
nbsp;     
Iowa St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   Oklahoma    &nb
sp;    Tenn&nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp; LSU     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;    Nebraska    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp; Purdue
Navy     &
nbsp;     
      
;    UNC &
nbsp;     
      
;     Idaho     
      
;     &nbs
p; Ok St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   So Car     &n
bsp;      Tex A&m    &nbs
p;   Iowa  
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     Ohio St
BC     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
Maryland    &nb
sp;      TCU     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
    Texas Tech     &
nbsp; Vandy     
      
; Missouri    &nb
sp;     N'western    &nbs
p;      Illinois
Notre Dame     &
nbsp;     Duke     &
nbsp;     
     New Mex ST     &nb
sp;   Nevada     
;     &nbs
p;  Kentucky    &nb
sp;  Miss St     &nb
sp;      Minn     &
nbsp;     
      
; Indiana
La Tech     &
nbsp;     
      NC State     
      New Mex     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;  SMU     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     Mid Tenn     &
nbsp; Ole Miss     &
nbsp;    tulsa     
      
;     &nbs
p; Kent St
Army     &
nbsp;     
      
;   Fla ATL     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp; Wyoming    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;   UTEP     &
nbsp;     
     Tulane     
;      Ark     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     Cen Mich     &
nbsp;     
Ohio
No Ill     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
   La-Laf     
;     &nbs
p;    Boise St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   Houston    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp; So Miss     &
nbsp;   No Tex     &n
bsp;      E Mich     &
nbsp;     
     Ark St
Akron     
      
;     &nbs
p;  UAB       
;     &nbs
p;     BYU     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
    Rice     &
nbsp;     
      
; La Mon     &n
bsp;    Memphis
      
;   W Mich     &
nbsp;     
    Miami (OH)

Big East (North)      Big East (South)      PAC 12 (North)      PAC 12 (South)
Uconn     
      
;     &nbs
p;      USF     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
     Stanf
ord     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
USC
Rutgers    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   West Va     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;    Oregon     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;   UCLA
Pitt     &
nbsp;     
      
;     &nbs
p;   Louisville 
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;   Wash     &
nbsp;     
      
;    Utah
Cin     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
      
;   Bowling Green     
   Wash St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;      Arizona St
Syracuse    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;      Fla Int     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
   Cal     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
      
;  Arizona
Toledo     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;    E Carolina    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   Oregon St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   colorado
Marshall    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;  UCF  &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
  San Jose St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp; Colorado St
Ball St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;   Temple     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp; Utah St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;San Diego St
Buffalo    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   Miami (OH)      
;      UNLV     &
nbsp;     
      
;     Air Force
Western Ky          
;   Troy     &
nbsp;     
      
;     Fresno St     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;    Hawaii

There is all 120 teams with an equal shot. I know money shoots my plan in the foot...but this is my suggestion...produce a suggestion before you discredit mine. 



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

Instead of bashing the SEC so much...why not try duplicating them? If "some" of the other conferences would play defense, these discussions would never happen. SEC fans were terrified when the BCS was first invented...they thought they would continually knock each other off and other conferences would consistently produce an undefeated team worthy of a shot...they were half right...they do knock each other off.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

Finally, lets take a hard look at the SEC this year. It's top heavy.  REALLY top heavy.   LSU and 'Bama are very good; that being said, are their defenses really that great, or is it partly because, with the possible exception of Arkansas, SEC offenses are...uninspiring.  Arkansas is good, but they also got blowtorched by LSU and 'Bama.  Georgia has taken advantage of a schedule that somehow managed to avoid playing 'Bama, LSU, AND Arkansas.  Beyond that?  The SEC isn't that impressive this year.  Carolina is decent, Auburn is likely the most overrated team in D-1, Florida and Vandy are mediocre at best, Kentucky and Mississippi State are bad, and Ole Miss and Tennessee flat out stink on ice. 
I could probably agree with that. Would be nice to have a playoff, lol.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

As for the LSU 'demolition' of Oregon?  I'd argue that the Ducks were more impressive against the Tigers than 'Bama was, everywhere except the final score.  Oregon moved the ball against LSU; three TD drives of over 70 yards.  'Bama?  Still waiting for that first touchdown.  'Bama's vaunted defense held LSU to 3.6 YPC, and 4.1 yards per play.  Oregon held LSU to 3.6 YPC, and 3.9 yards per play.  Where 'Bama fan can bleat about 4 missed FG's (all of which were longer attempts than anything the Tide's kicker has made all season), Oregon fans can point at Kenjon Barner's brainfart attempt to field a punt at his own 5 (fumble, TD LSU), and two fumbles inside his own 40 by a true freshman (D'aT) playing his first college game.  I'm not saying the Ducks would have won; far from it.  But take away the 21 points Oregon gifted to LSU on 3 short-field TD's, and its a whole new ballgame.
 They put 40 points on you. Alabama controlled LSU the entire game. They also drove into LSU territory over 7 times ... yeah bad day finishing. Missed FG's  and a questionable call on LSU's 1 , yada yada yada. Even losing the game we looked better. Sorry we dont score 40 50 and 60 points all season ...to just lose to an SEC team again. You guy's are 0-2 now to the SEC since the NC game. And Auburn didnt even have a defense worth speaking of last year.

 As far as the SEC playing a tough OOC schedule ...they play what they need to. NO team puts unnessarily hard games on there schedule without a purpose. The SEC's regular schedule speaks for itself and some of the better teams add 1 major game to go along with it. Seriously, Oregon doesnt even go out and get mroe than 2 teams. They played Tennessee last season .... grats. They played LSU this year ....and Nevada. If a team has more than 2 really tough OOC games on there schedule it either an accident or a tradition.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

Hey, I just had a brilliant idea.  Someone mentioned Leach needs to hire a good DC for WSU.  Mike Stoops was DC at Oklahoma when Leach was OC, the year before OU won their last National Championship.  M. Stoops ran the defense that held year-2000 Heisman Trophy winner, Chris Weinke, to no offensive points 
M. Stoops did a good job as head coach of bringing excitement to U. of Arizona football.  I would be thrilled to have either back at OU but what a team they could bring to Washington State with Leach as Head Coach and M. Stoops as DC.
An added advantage is Mike Stoops has been scouting the PAC and recruiting in the PAC for several years now.



Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:46 am
 

Door finally opens for The Pirate at Wazzu

First off, if you're going to reference Pac-12 coaches and teams, at least get their names straight.  It's Jeff Tedford, not Ted Tolford.  And it's not Standford, it's STANford.  Or just plain 'Furd if you want to be disrespectful.

As for the SEC, yes they are a strong conference.  But the Original Poster was correct.  They DON'T leave the South much, and they DO have a propensity for playing creampuffs in non-conference games.  For every Oregon, Texas A&M or Penn State an SEC school plays, they play twice as many games against schools like Northwestern State, Elon, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Samford, Georgia Southern, and Chattanooga.  Also, SEC teams have developed a propensity for bailing on/buying out contracts with marquee out of conference teams; Georgia bailed on a series with Oregon, and rumors suggest that Tennessee (after taking a 48-13 a**-whipping at Neyland in 2010) will buyout the 2013 game at Autzen against the Ducks.  Florida hasn't left the state for a non-conference game in 2 decades. 

As for the LSU 'demolition' of Oregon?  I'd argue that the Ducks were more impressive against the Tigers than 'Bama was, everywhere except the final score.  Oregon moved the ball against LSU; three TD drives of over 70 yards.  'Bama?  Still waiting for that first touchdown.  'Bama's vaunted defense held LSU to 3.6 YPC, and 4.1 yards per play.  Oregon held LSU to 3.6 YPC, and 3.9 yards per play.  Where 'Bama fan can bleat about 4 missed FG's (all of which were longer attempts than anything the Tide's kicker has made all season), Oregon fans can point at Kenjon Barner's brainfart attempt to field a punt at his own 5 (fumble, TD LSU), and two fumbles inside his own 40 by a true freshman (D'aT) playing his first college game.  I'm not saying the Ducks would have won; far from it.  But take away the 21 points Oregon gifted to LSU on 3 short-field TD's, and its a whole new ballgame.

Finally, lets take a hard look at the SEC this year. It's top heavy.  REALLY top heavy.   LSU and 'Bama are very good; that being said, are their defenses really that great, or is it partly because, with the possible exception of Arkansas, SEC offenses are...uninspiring.  Arkansas is good, but they also got blowtorched by LSU and 'Bama.  Georgia has taken advantage of a schedule that somehow managed to avoid playing 'Bama, LSU, AND Arkansas.  Beyond that?  The SEC isn't that impressive this year.  Carolina is decent, Auburn is likely the most overrated team in D-1, Florida and Vandy are mediocre at best, Kentucky and Mississippi State are bad, and Ole Miss and Tennessee flat out stink on ice. 



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