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.
|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|
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.
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.
The Baynes train keeps rolling in San Antonio.
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"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."