Washington State Football: Mike Leach thinks Pac-12 is the 'most fascinating'
Washington State coach Mike Leach coached in the Gulf South Conference (FCS), SEC and Big 12—among several other small-school conferences—before joining the Pac-12 in 2012.
Despite his many stops as a college coach, he believes his current place of job residence is unique and brings something that no other conference boasts.
"I think it's the most fascinating conference geopgrahically and also scheme-wise," Leach recently told SiriusXM College Sports Nation
. "Not just offensively, but defensively as well," he said. "That has to do with the fact there are a lot of great coaches in this conference. I felt this way when I first got into the conference. It's more diverse from top to bottom as far as the style of play, where everybody plays, how they go about it than any other conference.
"There are a couple conferences that are pretty homogenized," he continued. "They're going to run right, run left and play-action. Other guys say put your butt together so one hand grenade can kill all of us. In the case of the Pac-12, you're going to see all shapes, sizes, dimensions and a wide variety."
Leach may have an argument for college football's best conference in terms of venue, but what about Washington State? Does he feel the same way about his current tenure?
The Cougars haven't been to a bowl game since 2003, when they knocked off No. 5 Texas in the Holiday Bowl for a third-straight 10-win season. They've won just 12 games over the last five years and are coming off a three-win season from Leach's debut.
But he still has high expectations for his program, and recent history shows that they lean a bit on the lofty side.
"I went to a bowl every single year until last year," said Leach. "So I expect to go to a bowl, and I do every year. I feel good about our group continuing to improve. I always expect to go to a bowl, and I expect this team to go to a bowl."
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