Washington State Football: 5 Thanksgiving Gifts for the Cougs

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1.  Mike Leach Remains A Coug

Nov 17, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach reacts on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

WSU athletic director Bill Moos took a chance when he hired Mike Leach. Moos knew there was risk involved with this hiring, but knew Leach could build the football program. Two years later Mike Leach has done just that. The Cougars are bowl eligible for the first time since 2006 and have the opportunity to win their second straight Apple Cup.

You can tell that this team and football program is completely different than what it once was under former WSU head football coach Paul Wulff. Leach is not only winning on the field, but off the field as well. WSU continues to climb up the ladder in the battle of recruiting, and in the classroom as well. Eight players on the 2013 WSU football team earned Pac-12 All Academic Honors, according to wsucougars.com.

It gets better Cougar fans. Leach will remain in Pullman until at least the year 2018. With Leach having this success in Pullman it could attract other schools to pursue him. Cougars fans are thankful for Leach to remain in Pullman because the football program will only continue to improve.

“As I’ve said many times, my family and I are extremely happy at Washington State and love living  in Pullman,” Leach said in a press conference according to The Spokesman-Review.

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