Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach knows that his brand of coaching isn’t for everyone. In fact, he expects players to leave between year one and two of his stay in Pullman, WA. Leach has also never been one to mince words and while he’ll happily praise his players, he’s not in the mood for ones who want to snuggle with a body pillow on the sidelines.
“If they wanted it to be comfortable, they wouldn’t call it football in the first place,” Leach said. “It wouldn’t be football. Cuddling, they’d call it cuddling. That’s what they’d call it.”
Rumors recently surfaced in regards to Leach potentially bolting for the vacant North Carolina State Wolfpack coaching position. He was happy to address that as much as any player complaints.
“I am not looking for another position, and I am happy here. It’s about as simple as that. There is always dialogue that takes place, but I am staying here. When I got here, I planned to from the beginning. I planned to get to a place and build it up and turn it around. I am not looking for start and stop stuff.”
Leach enjoys a challenge, but jumping to the ACC may provide more instability than he’d like. While the conference is making moves to plug holes left by teams bolting to other leagues, the Pac-12 is as stable as ever and likely to expand, too. He’s spoken well of his newest gig and from all indications, his home for the foreseeable future.
Brandon Cavanaugh is a college football columnist for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter: @eightlaces