What we've learned this summer: Mike Leach likes to go swimming. Also, the Pac-12 Network was in Pullman on Thursday.
The Pac-12 Network stopped in Pullman Thursday to check out Washington State football practice as part of their fall camp tour.
Former UW star Nigel Burton — most recently the head coach at Portland State — joined Yogi Roth and Mike Yam to talk football with Mike Leach. The segment will air on the Pac 12 Network Friday night at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, Leach was busy making radio waves earlier on Thursday. The Cougars’ coach was on the Jim Rome Show Thursday morning. And of course every time Leach does national media, you can expect some sort of amusing story that has nothing to do with football to come out of it.
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Leach told Rome about the time he signed for a FedEx package while standing outside his house in Key West, Fla. in his birthday suit.
“I’ve never told anybody this; I might even get in trouble for this,” Leach warned Rome. “I’m out there and it’s really hot, and it’s humid there too. And it’s a little just sort of fenced in deal and there’s a little bitty pool, because in Key West pools are mainly to cool off, so they’re not big pools. So I’m sitting back there, and so I jump in the pool to kind of cool off, because it was cool to talk on the radio outside. And then I was also getting Fed Ex’s every week, to prep me for the game I was broadcasting. So I get in the pool, and I get out and I’ve got my board shorts on, so then pretty soon every time I get out of the pool I’m sitting on the lawn chair and I got these wet board shorts on so it’s like sitting in a diaper the whole time, you know.”
Leach continues about the not-so-comfortable feeling of his wet shorts.
“So you know nobody is around, fence around, so I think ‘What the heck, I’m taking these things off,’” Leach shared. “And so I don’t have anything on, and I get up and I pace, I’m a pacer, I’m pacing right now. And then talking with my hands on air making just really profound points on radio, and I’m very proud of all the brilliant things I’m saying. And then I don’t have a stitch on, and through the gate here comes the Fed Ex guy, here comes the Fed Ex guy watching me pace around naked, talking on the radio about football and all this, and he’s like ‘What the hell?’ and then he hands me the Fed Ex, and of course I can’t break the conversation I have to keep talking. And the funny thing was, I’ve seen him every week, he never said anything, it was like ‘oh well another day.’ But yep, sure enough.”
The show he’s referencing is Sirius XM’s “The College Football Playbook.”
Moving along now….
- ESPN.com says nickelback is the biggest remaining position battle for the Cougars.
- But there’s signs out of camp now that the quarterback battle might not be as much of a foregone conclusion as we thought. On Wednesday night, Peyton Bender got several series with the first team offense while Luke Falk ran with the second stringers. But Falk was back with the first team on Thursday, Jacob Thorpe reports.