Hot Cougar Action: Analyzing the latest Mike Leachism

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

We try to figure out what the heck Mike Leach was saying following Tuesday's practice.

Mike Leach has said a lot of interesting things since taking over as Washington State head coach. He's compared his players to Civil War generals and zombies, discussed fish recipes, B12 shots and much more. Sometimes he says something that makes you scratch your head, Tuesday was one of those days.

Leach was discussing WSU's up-and-down practice on Tuesday when he said this this (via Christian Caple):

So I mean, right now as a team we don't know if we walk to school or carry our lunch."

I'll admit, I have no idea what that means. In fact, I'm not even going to try to figure out what it means. Instead, I'm wondering which one do we want to be?

Walking to school seems good. You get some fresh air, some exercise, you reduce your carbon footprint and you don't have to sit next to Johnny Smellsrealbad on the school bus. On the other hand, what if it rains, or you get a rock in your shoe? Have you ever tried to walk with a rock in your shoe? It's miserable.

On the other hand carrying your lunch has its positives and negatives as well. If you're like me, you'd pack a lunch made up of strictly Rice Krispies Treats, which would be awesome. You also don't have to eat cafeteria food served to you by someone wearing a hair net. On the other hand, scientific studies have shown one out of every four school lunches get smashed and the kid ends up with an exploded GoGurt and a smushed ham sandwich. I've eaten my fair share of GoGurt covered smushed ham sandwiches and let me tell you, it is not pleasant.

Then of course, there is the question of why can't you do both? Why can't the WSU offense walk to school AND carry its lunch? Hopefully we get this all straightened out before the Cal game.

Football

Live chat with WSU football announcers Bob Robertson & Shawn McWashington | Cougars | The Seattle Times
Legendary Northwest sports broadcaster Bob Robertson and former WSU wide receiver Shawn McWashington are in the middle of their first season as part of the Cougars' football broadcast team. They are also joined in the booth by longtime WSU broadcaster Bud Nameck.

PULLMAN, Wash.: Cougars remain work in progress | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
PULLMAN, WASH. — At the midpoint of Washington State's first season under coach Mike Leach, the Cougars remain a work in progress.

Up-and-down practice for WSU - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 9, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Washington State practiced "stellar" in portions on Tuesday, according to coach Mike Leach. And other times, the Cougars weren't good enough. Read on.

‘Air Raid’ on alert | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
PULLMAN – When Washington State athletic director Bill Moos hired his new football coach last winter, Moos stressed that Mike Leach was brought aboard not just to win games, but to attract fans with his prolific offense.

Golden Nuggets: Checking in With Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars - California Golden Blogs
There is no Pac-12 coach more interesting than Mike Leach. Beyond the civil war allegories and pirate references, he also is very upfront and honest about his team's problems. As is customary, he met with reporters this week to discuss last week's game and discuss the upcoming matchup.

Basketball

WSU basketball focuses on positives - Spokesman.com - Oct. 9, 2012
PULLMAN – From an outsider’s perspective, it has been a somewhat tumultuous – and, to be sure, busy – offseason for the Washington State basketball team.

WSU to Hold A Night with Cougar Basketball - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University will hold its annual A Night with Cougar Basketball, featuring WSU men's basketball head coach Ken Bone and women's basketball head coach June Daugherty, Friday, Oct. 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the CUB Senior Ballroom on WSU's Pullman campus.

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