HOT COUGAR ACTION: Is Mike Leach The 17th Best Coach In The Country?

Ranking the top 124 FBS head coaches seems like a fairly impossible task, but that didn't stop the Sporting News from trying. They recently released their list from 1-124 and our own Mike Leach checked in at No. 17.

Leach is sandwiched between Mack Brown at No. 16 and Brian Kelly at No. 18. He is also the second-highest rated Pac-12 coach, with Chip Kelly coming in at No. 6. The full list is broken down into four parts with 1-10, 11-25, 26-75 and 76-124.

To me, his No. 17 spot seems about right. You could probably make a case for him to be a couple of spots higher or maybe a couple of spots lower, but the mid to late teens is in the right range. On this list, I think Mike Gundy is too high at No. 9 and Mack Brown too low at No. 16, but I guess it depends on how much weight you put on recent success.

So the question is, where do you think Mike Leach should rank?

Football

Ex-Cougar football coach Wulff hired by 49ers " Kitsap Sun
Paul Wulff, fired in December after four losing seasons as Washington State's head coach, has been hired as an offensive assistant coach by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

Baseball

Cougars Edged by Cardinal - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
STANFORD, Calif. - Mark Appel struck out 10 in eight innings of work and No. 11 Stanford defeated Washington State 3-2 in Pac-12 Conference baseball at Sunken Diamond, Friday night.

Basketball

Scout.com: WSU's Johnson works Aussie recruiting magic
IT'S TRUE, says junior college coach Shawn Neary. Washington State has landed another commitment for its incoming freshman class: 6-10, 250-pound James Hunter.

Pac-12 Basketball Purveyor: Washington State Is Retooling - Pacific Takes
As we continue our surveying of Pac-12 basketball teams, we have already taken a look at Utah basketball (who will learn to play basketball) and Arizona State (who should have enough bodies to play basketball).

DaVonté Lacy to Compete with U.S. Eagles Basketball Team in East Asia - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
XENIA, Ohio - Washington State University men's basketball rising-sophomore, DaVonté Lacy, has been named a member of the U.S. Eagles Men's Basketball Team, which will travel to East Asia in June to compete with high-level and professional teams in several large cities.

Tennis

Cougar Tennis Advances at NCAA Championship - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Charlotte Koning's straight-set win at No. 6 singles propelled No. 31 Washington State to a 4-3 victory over No. 36 Florida State in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship Friday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.

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