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Wazzu kicks of spring with two-QB race

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Two years after he was controversially fired from Texas Tech, Mike Leach will begin spring practice again as the head coach of Washington State today.

The coach told reporters during a conference call Wednesday that he expects it will take four days to install his high-powered spread offense. During that time, Leach will be closely evaluating the most important position for that offense — the quarterback position.

Leach may not have Graham Harrell in Pullman this time, but he does have returning starter Jeff Tuel — although Tuel was knocked out of the 2011 season early with injuries and never recovered — and sophomore-to-be Connor Halliday.

Of the two, one would think Tuel would have the upper hand in the battle, but Leach says he’ll split reps evenly between the pair.

“The most basic is, `Does the guy make good decisions?”‘ Leach said. “The second is, `Is he accurate?”‘

“Those two you can’t compromise.”

The “every position is open” routine is sometimes nothing more than coachspeak, but when a new coach comes in to a program, there can be a degree of truth to it. Given Leach’s history with quarterbacks and offense, Wazzu’s QB battle will be one to watch in the Pac-12 this year.

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2 Responses to “Wazzu kicks of spring with two-QB race”
  1. emeraldcityfan says: Mar 22, 2012 12:31 PM

    The job will probably be Tuel’s to lose but that kid Halladay is extremely talented. He broke the PAC-12 freshman record for yards in a game last season. Things are finally looking up for Wazzu after the nightmare of the last half decade. Go Cougs and bring on spring ball!

  2. kylepalm says: Mar 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    I keep reading all this stuff about Mike Leach being 84-43 at Texas Tech, but in reading their Wiki of his tenure there he was only 46-35 in conference during that period. Anyone who follows college football remembers how Texas Tech got grilled in the media every year for playing multiple I-AA teams and bad mid-major teams in non-conference. Here is an example of an actual non-conference schedule he had: Florida International, Sam Houston State, Indiana State.

    So basically Leach is a coach who finished only slightly above .500 in conference during his 10 seasons but got almost half his wins from blowing out creampuffs in non-conference. And remember he played Baylor, Iowa State, and what were then bad Oklahoma State and Texas A&M teams every year.

    Sounds to me like Leach is a smoke and mirrors coach who schedules to get his wins instead of actually putting a quality product on the field. His offense does get it’s yards, but that’s probably because of the opponents. Maybe he’ll do great at WSU, but his record at TTech should have a great big asterisk next to it.

    When I first heard he got fired I was surprised, but in looking over his actual resume there I can see why they got tired of dealing with his off the field baggage there.

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