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Pac-12 coaches bullish on the Cougars prospects for next season

Opponents praise the Cougars off-the-record.

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Athlon Sports does an annual piece in which they anonymously interview conference coaches for their opinions on their opponents. Since the comments are off the record, theoretically you should get more than the normal "coach speak" you hear before weekly match-ups. The opinions expressed about WSU next season were overwhelmingly positive.

Here is one coach commenting on WSU's chances in the North division.

"Falk got hurt at the end of the year, and they weren’t the same, but if they can protect that quarterback and keep him healthy, they have a chance to win the division."

Here is another coach (presumably) speaking to WSU's underrated ground attack.

"They’re always going to throw it a bunch, but they can run the ball when they need to and they’ve got a lot of weapons and different ways to get those guys the ball."

And one more take on the state of the program right now.

"[Mike] Leach is a strange bird, but he’s getting it done. He sticks with his system and his system works and those kids have been in it now for a few years, so he just plugs guys in and now he’s got someone who can throw it. He’s got it going now like he did at Texas Tech where they’re not going to be the most talented team in the league, but he’s going to find guys who play with an edge and develop them and get the most out of them."

Here is the article where you can read all the comments by the coaches on WSU and all 12 conference teams. It's always nice to see opponents saying the same things about WSU as we are seeing through our crimson-colored glasses.

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