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Mike Leach: Dick Bennett Redux At WSU

New WSU football coach Mike Leach won't draw obvious comparisons to previous men's basketball coach Dick Bennett, but the two are a lot more alike than you think.

The Identity Crisis

A look at WSU Cougar basketball's identity crisis since Bennett Ball left Pullman.

"I asked him, 'What do you want?' He just basically said, 'I want to be able to coach some good...

"I asked him, 'What do you want?' He just basically said, 'I want to be able to coach some good basketball. I want to have a chance to be in the NCAA Tournament.' That's pretty much it. He didn't say I want to make millions or I want to be on Dick Vitale's or Digger Phelps' speed dial, that was never important to him. I know he just wants good basketball. I know he's been frustrated this year because he hasn't seen it (the Cougars are 11-6) but if indeed he sees it he will be as happy as he can be right where he is.''

So said Dick Bennett -- among other things -- to the Appleton Post-Crescent about his son, Tony, after a speaking engagement in Wisconsin last night. Hat tip to Vince Grippi at the S-R for digging this link up.

Wulff draws his own comparison to Dick Bennett

Take it away, Cougfan: "It was three years of trying to educate and create a culture that wasn't there," said Wulff. "In Year 4, you saw it kinda step up. The Dick Bennett philosophy was to...

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