Mike Leach was officially introduced as the new football coach for the Washington State Cougars on Tuesday.
A rally in the WSU student union building was the site of the introduction. Hundreds of fans, football players and the marching band were on hand to greet their new coach.
Leach spoke to the crowd for a half-hour with a mix of humor and excitement for his first job since being fired from Texas Tech. From CougCenter:
"People ask me Why Washington State?," Leach said before hitting his punch-line. "Once I get past thinking in the back of my mind, 'Well that's a stupid question...'" Showing off the wisdom he's learned in his years of coaching, Leach closed with, "I've never been a big opening statement guy. I always find the media asks what they want anyway."
When asked about a five-year plan, Leach said he deals in one-day plans. His plan? To win one game a week. Seems like a pretty solid game-plan to attack. Leach also wants his team to be excited about what it does, and do it well.
"It doesn't matter what you do, be it the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker," Leach said. "Be excited about what you do."
Leach replaces Paul Wulff, who was fired last week after four losing seasons.
Watch video of the introductory press conference here:
For more on Leach and the impact he'll have on Washington State, CougCenter.