Mike Leach: 'If they wanted it to be comfortable ... they'd call it cuddling'

Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday November 29, 2012


Posted by: Josh Kendall on November 29, 2012

Mike Leach doesn't know which players will leave his program between now and year two of his tenure at Washington State, but he knows some will.

"Do I think between now and fall, do I think somebody is going to leave? Absolutely," Leach said Wednesday as he wrapped up his first season with the Cougars. "The truth is the best teams I ever had, I had somebody leave between January and fall. The truth of the matter is if you look at here or anywhere, somebody leaves. People leave programs every year and then in particular they leave new programs."

Former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez lost 52 players during his transition taking over the Badgers program, Leach said.

"Everyone is proud of where Wisconsin ended up but there were probably some growing pains getting there," Leach said. "That's just part of it."

Leach and his coaching staff will not change the way they coach in order to retain players and those players need to understand football is hard, he said.

"If they wanted it to be comfortable, they wouldn't call it football in the first place," he said. "It wouldn't be football. Cuddling, they'd call it cuddling, that's what they'd call it."

Some players have always struggled with tough coaching, but the issue is more well known now due to social media, Leach said.

"I think there has always been a certain amount of whining, but I think social media allows the whining to go further and be louder," he said. "That doesn't change the fact that it needs to be ignored."

Leach wants players who are harder on themselves than their coaches ever could be, he said.

"One time I had a player actually call out a coach for not getting on him during a game," Leach said. "He said, 'Did you see that? Why didn't you tell me? That's embarrassing; that's on film; that's me on film making the same mistake over and over again, if you had told me I would have changed it.' Those are the kind of guys that are the ones that are most successful."

Leach also reiterated his commitment to Washington State on Wednesday.

"I am not looking for another position, and I am happy here. It's about as simple as that," he said. "There is always dialogue that takes place, but I am staying here. When I got here, I planned to from the beginning. I planned to get to a place and build it up and turn it around. I am not looking for start and stop stuff."

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Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com




Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com