Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach — once the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders — is one of the most controversial coaches in college football. Depending on who you ask, he is either an eccentric genius, whose IQ and tendencies make him misunderstood, or he’s a misanthrope who’s constantly looking to only proceed in ways that benefit him and no one else.
Leach was once successful in recruiting Texas — and as coveted as it is — has been working tirelessly to create in-roads there once again to lure some talent to the Upper Northwest. According to reports, however, he has already burnt the bridge at one of the state’s most successful high school programs, DeSoto — a suburb just south of Dallas.
Myron Turner, a star safety for DeSoto, had been committed to the Cougars since last October and had made all plans going forward to make his way there upon graduation — in the process, turning away any potential interest, including interest from in-state schools that came after his commitment. After Turner’s official visit to Pullman last weekend, the young man received a call from Leach that his scholarship offer had been pulled and the Cougars were going with a bigger safety.
This is wrong on so many levels and according to DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis — who has plenty of pull in high school football in the state — Washington State is no longer welcome there:
You just don’t do a kid like that. Washington State isn’t welcome at DeSoto any longer.
The thing is, here, this type of sentiment will travel to other coaches in the talent rich Metroplex who are constantly trying to make sure their players are protected from ever-increasing predatory recruiting practices.
Sure, pulling of offers happens, but it’s the timing that’s questionable — at a minimum — given we’re just a few weeks away from National Signing Day when members of the 2013 recruiting class solidify their commitments by signing National Letters of Intent, and the onus is now placed on Myron Turner to find a new home through no fault of its own.
College football is a business.
There’s no denying that.
What we can’t deny is that in it’s “operations” there are plenty of casualties. I, for one, hope Claude Mathis keeps his word and the Cougars’ ability to recruit Texas continues to wane.