Leach Cleared, 2013 Schedule, And…
Lots of Coug football news this week with the Pac-12 finding that Mike Leach and his assistant coaches have not been abusive to the players, a claim that Marquess Wilson made when he left the team in November.
The 2013 schedule was also released this week with the surprise announcement that the Stanford game will be played in Seattle instead of the Oregon State game.
I’m glad that the Pac-12 investigation has finally ended and that Leach was cleared of any wrongdoing.
I’ve heard from some Cougs who feel like I’ve got issues with Leach. I don’t. I personally don’t think I’d respond in a positive way to his coaching methods, but if this is what it takes to change our losing culture, fine.
He knows what he’s doing. He built a highly successful program at Texas Tech and you can only assume he’ll do the same thing at Washington State.
I just thought we’d be better than 3-9 this year. Leach accused of me having some kind of “agenda,” and I really don’t other than thinking we’d be better than we were this year.
I would’ve even accepted 3-9 if we had lost games 46-35 instead of 46-7. I’m guessing that even Leach’s biggest supporters thought we’d be better offensively than we were.
But I guess you can blame those problems on our offensive line – at least that’s what I hear all the time.
So let’s see what happens in 2013. It’s going to be difficult opening the season with games at Auburn and USC. And if I’m being honest, I’m not excited about a Martin Stadium schedule with games against Southern Utah, Idaho, Oregon State, Arizona State and Utah.
We replaced the BYU game with Southern Utah. Why? Bill Moos said it had something to do with wanting better scheduling balance.
Translated: We have a much better chance of beating Southern Utah than BYU.
But as a fan, I’d rather watch us lose a close game to BYU than beat the heck out of Southern Utah, a team I didn’t even know existed before it popped up on our schedule.
Southern Utah? Are you kidding me? We already have a cupcake on our schedule in Idaho? Do we really need two?
If you’re a true Coug, I suppose it doesn’t matter – you’re going to buy season tickets anyway. But if you’re an on-the-fence Coug who’s thinking about getting season tickets, having Southern Utah on the schedule makes it harder to get your wallet out.
Here’s another thing I never thought I’d say – I’m ready for the Seattle home games to end. Now that there’s a Pac-12 TV contract that gives millions of dollars to conference schools, is it really necessary to play a game in Seattle anymore?
I like going to the Seattle games – a 10-mile drive beats a 300-mile drive to watch the Cougs – but it’s like an away game for the team. We have a better chance of beating Stanford at Martin Stadium than we do at Century Link Field.
Oh well, Go Cougs.