What They're Saying: Leach's Pac-12 Debut

IF THIS WERE THE Las Vegas Strip, Mike Leach would have just signed a 10-year contract extension. If it were Yankee Stadium, he'd still be doffing his cap. If he played for the Detroit Red Wings, the ice would be a foot deep in octopi. Yep, the reviews are fully in and Mike Leach's debut performance at Pac-12 Media Day was a smash hit. Here's what some folks are saying ...

Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times:
To walk in cold on the Pac-12 Conference these days means parking in the Frankenstein lot at Universal Studios and ascending sky-bound escalators to the Gibson Amphitheatre. There, safe from the drone of back-lot explosions, in the heart of Pac-12 media day, first-year Washington State Coach Mike Leach is comparing quarterback Jeff Tuel to a Civil War general …. Leach, the cerebral, pirate-loving tinkerer who turned Texas Tech into a winner as he battled Craig James and sued ESPN, is one of several reasons why the Pac-12 has never seemed more hip, quirky, eclectic and volatile.

John Breech, CBSSports.com
Memo to the Pac-12 Network: If you want to break ratings records this fall, you'll have nine camera crews following Leach around 24 hours a day for the rest of the season.

Christian Caple, Spokesman-Review:
No longer is it true that Mike Leach has yet to win anything as Washington State's head football coach. It will be more than a month before the Cougars actually play a game. But Leach was the undisputed champion of Tuesday's Pac-12 media day, breaking up a fairly mundane parade of standard preseason questions and answers by introducing his character and unique style of conversation to the gathered reporters inside the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times
UW fans may not want to hear it, but Leach can be pretty entertaining and he lived up to the rep today …

Andrew Nemec, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
If Washington State's goal was to put itself on the map with the hiring of football coach Mike Leach, early signs point to the decision being a success. Normally relegated to the footnotes of Pac-12 Media Day, Washington State was at the forefront of reporters' minds Tuesday, with Leach's 24-minute interview in the Gibson Amphitheater of Universal Studios in Los Angeles leaving journalists plenty to write about.

The Sports Xchange
Washington State head coach Mike Leach is known for spraying to all fields at his press conferences, and left the media contingent laughing Tuesday.

THAT WAS A SAMPLING FROM THE news/digital print. The Twitter world offered a whole other vein to mine of notable quotables from the media types. Here are some great ones, compiled very nicely by frequent CF.C message board poster FredoCoug ….

John Breech? @ johnbreech
I've learned more from Mike Leach today than I did in my all of the U.S. history classes combined in college.

Ryan Abraham? @ insidetroy
From Mike Leach's answers alone Larry Scott needs to expand Pac-12 Media Day to multiple days

Kevin Carden? @ KevinCarden
Mike Leach is putting on a show here at # PAC12MediaDay, talking Civil War, hunting buddies, etc...

Ryan Gorcey? @ RGBearTerritory
I wonder if Mike Leach does weddings and Bar Mitzvah's. # yoho # Leach12MediaDay # Pac12MediaDay

Samantha Katzman? @ smkatzman
Mike Leach should host this event. # hilarious # pac12

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