Hot Cougar Action: Mike Leach 5th in the Pac-12

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Is Mike Leach the fifth best coach in the Pac-12? Athlon Sports thinks so.

Athlon Sports released their yearly ranking of Pac-12 coaches on Thursday and Mike Leach checked in at No. 5.

The No. 5 ranking is a two spot drop for Leach as he was No. 3 last year. A slight decline isn't necessarily a surprise after WSU's 3-9 season. If you, however, think that drop was bad, it's nothing compared to Lane Kiffin who fell nine, yes nine, spots to No. 11. Chip Kelly is off to the NFL, which leaves David Shaw as the No. 1 coach in the conference

Here's a look at the 2012 and 2013 rankings. As you can see, a lot changed in a year.

Rank 2012 2013
No. 1 Chip Kelly, Oregon David Shaw, Stanford
No. 2 Lane Kiffin, USC Mike Riley, OSU
No. 3 Mike Leach, WSU Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
No. 4 Kyle Wittingham, Utah Todd Graham, ASU
No. 5 Rich Rodriguez, Arizona Mike Leach, WSU
No. 6 Steve Sarkisian, UW Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
No. 7 Mike Riley, OSU Steve Sarkisian, UW
No. 8 Jeff Tedford, Cal Jim Mora, UCLA
No. 9 David Shaw, Stanford Kyle Wittingham, Utah
No. 10 Todd Graham, ASU Sonny Dykes, Cal
No. 11 Jim Mora, UCLA Lane Kiffin, USC
No. 12 Jon Embree, Colorado Mark Helfrich, Oregon

Football:

WSU held another spring practice on Thursday while Cougar kicking legend Jason Hanson announced he was retiring from the NFL after 21 seasons. Not many players on the current WSU roster were alive when Hanson began his NFL career.

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Jason Hanson to retire after 21 seasons with Lions - SBNation.com
The Spokane, Wash., native still holds the record for longest field goal at his alma mater, Washington State. He graduated in 1992 and was drafted unusually high for a kicker with the 56th-overall pick in the second round. The Lions were certainly rewarded for their faith in Hanson.

Ranking the Pac-12's College Football Coaches for 2013 | AthlonSports.com
5. Mike Leach, Washington State

Day 7 brings rain, pain - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - April 4, 2013
FROM PULLMAN — After a relatively healthy first six practices, some nicks and bumps began catching up with the Cougars during Thursday's session. It also rained. Read on.

Cougar Football Spring Practice Recap, Day 7 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State football continued spring practice Thursday, working out in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads for just over two hours on Rogers Field and in Martin Stadium.

Dahl gaining notice at WSU - Spokesman.com - April 4, 2013
PULLMAN – Considering how excited Clay McGuire was last season about Joe Dahl’s potential, it can’t really be considered a surprise that Dahl finds himself in the mix for playing time along Washington State’s offensive line.

Basketball:

The Baynes train keeps rolling in San Antonio.

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Improbable Journey From Down Under | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS
"I would just catch the ball and throw it at the rim," says Aron, the Spurs backup center. "And it was definitely a throw. It wasn’t a shot."

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