I wanted to pass along details of the Mike Leach news conference I haven't seen written anywhere.
First, the crowd; Over 1,000 inside. 3-400 turned away. Frankly, the sound that erupted when Leach was among the loudest I have ever heard as a WSU Coug fan. It rivaled the sound in Friel when we beat the Huskies, or maybe the mid-80's knocking off the nationally ranked UCLA. It was instant... ear-ringing loud elation. Still gives me chills just thinking about it actually.
What you may not know, is that Mike Leach was the last person to leave the room. Yes, he had a plane to catch for Seattle... but he stayed until the last fan was gone. He shook hands. Posed for pictures. Took time to talk as long as anyone wanted, about whatever they wanted. There were times the lines looked like waiting for Santa at Nordstroms. He even laughed when the first of the Palouse Pirates showed up for a picture.
He was gracious. He was engaging. He truly spoke well about making the program the best it could be.
I gave him the best compliment I could think of... "Welcome to the Cougar family.!"