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Mike Leach already making an impact

New Washington State coach has recruits excited, but still has plenty of work to do

Originally Published: December 2, 2011
By Greg Biggins | Recruiting Nation
The Pac-12 just got a whole lot better and definitely a lot more entertaining. When Washington State hired former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach earlier this week, it not only hired one of the biggest personalities in college football, but the perfect coach to reenergize a program that has been the league doormat for the past few years.

It's wasn't that long ago that Washington State was one of the most dominant programs out West. With Mike Price at the helm, the Cougars had three straight 10-win seasons (2001-2003) and went to two Rose Bowls over a six-year period. It has been rough for the Cougs as of late, but Leach has already made a positive impact on the recruiting trail.

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Karl Anderson/Icon SMIWith former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach on board, things could be looking up at Washington State.
"I'm very excited about the hire," Cougars quarterback commit Austin Apodaca (Longmont, Colo./Silver Creek) said. "Coach Leach is known as an offensive genius, and the stats he has put up speak for themselves. I don't know a lot about his offense, but I know it's quarterback-friendly, so I'm excited and staying committed."

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