New Washington State coach Mike Leach, the Pac-12 Media Days main event as far as the internet is concerned, began his remarks by straight-up hollering at the crowd before being given a mic. Everyone loves him.
Shortly after, a reporter accidentally called Leach "coach Price." Mike Price left Wazzu in 2002. "On behalf of coach Price... " Leach responded.
Why yes, Leach thinks you should come to Pullman and get a great education while partaking in terrific hunting and fishing. "There's a lot of people that have been to Los Angeles, but there's a lot of people that haven't been to Pullman. Once you get there, you love it." Throughout his comments, he talked up his academics record, the Pac-12's national standing, and the importance of installing a system effectively.
When asked about the hunting prowess of his fellow Pac-12 coaches, Leach narrowed it down to Rich Rodriguez and Kyle Whittingham based on their experiences in West Virginia and the mountains of Utah. Whittingham "would be a key guy to have around" if you went hunting in the Pac-12, and it's essential to note Leach called this "a great question."
He made a bunch of Civil War analogies after that, comparing quarterback Jeff Tuel to Stonewall Jackson (based on decisiveness) and lineman Travis Long to Ulysses S. Grant (based on his skills at close-range bombardment, I believe -- "he could invade Vicksburg as long as he kept his pads low").
"Everybody's got good plays," Leach also said. "If we passed around papers in this room" and had everyone draw up X's and O's, anybody could come up with a dangerous attack. It's not just about schematics, you see.
Also, the formerly injured Tuel described himself as "100 percent healthy."