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NCAA “availability” report might be coming. How will Mike Leach respond?

I think we know!

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Good morning Coug fans. We’re almost to the dog days of summer, which means news about our Washington State Cougars will be hard to find, though that could all change with one Mike Leach tweet, of course.

Today, let’s talk about something Mike Leach won’t be tweeting about: injuries to his football players. As you know, Leach isn’t too keen on the idea of disclosing who’s injured. Instead, he tells the world that everybody is happy and healthy and doing everything the coaching staff has asked them to do.

Revealing injuries is a topic that can be debated from now until the world ends. Leach isn’t the only football coach who feels this way. Stanford’s David Shaw has also been outspoken on the idea of revealing injuries. But Leach is an outspoken guy, so of course the media will turn to him when this topic crops up, as it seems to do every fall.

Which brings me to this: An NCAA working group is expected to propose a national “player availability report.” This is all according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.

Dodd reports that the proposal could become a new rule implemented in time for the upcoming football season. Coaches would be required to provide a report of players who are “available,” “possible” and “unavailable.” It’s not an injury report, you see. Just an availability report.

(It’s an injury report)

The report wouldn’t disclose what the injury is, only that a player is or isn’t available—or possibly available.

Now what do you think Mike Leach thinks of all this? He hasn’t been asked yet, but should this become a rule, I can’t wait for the first depth chart of the season to be accompanied by an availability report that lists each and every player as “possible.” That would be so Leach, and I’d love it.

The proposed rule came from the NCAA’s Gambling Working Group. It’s all in an effort to try and avoid corruption. Good luck!

Leach has always pointed to two things in justifying his practice of being coy about injuries: it’d give his opponents an advantage (duh), and privacy laws. Dodd’s report touches on the privacy issue, and with WSU being a public school, there may be something to that. I’m no legal expert, but if you are, please feel free to chime in.

If this becomes a rule, get ready for Leach to go off and make a mockery of the whole thing. He wouldn’t be Mike Leach if he acted otherwise.

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