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Mike Leach refuses comment on Logan Tago arrest

During the Pac-12 coach's conference call Tuesday, Mike Leach was asked about the status of Logan Tago following his arrest Monday night.

"Anything we do with that will be handled internally. Everybody is innocent until proved guilty. I don't need the media's help on any of this," said Leach.

Initially reported by Pullman Radio, Tago back in early June allegedly was part of a group who approached the victim who was walking along carrying a case of beer on California Street. According to the victim the group demanded turning over the beer who refused and an attack ensued. When the group seized the beer the victim sustained a concussion in that process.

Tago was arrested Monday night by Pullman police after he reported to the station for additional questioning.

Leach has long standing standards for his players that drug use, violence against women and stealing will lead to immediate dismissal from the team.

Both Saturday night and Monday afternoon, Leach has been adamant that his team isn't playing tough enough to claim wins in either of their first two games. Expectations seemed reasonable that WSU would be 2-0 at this point rather than the reality of 0-2.

"I think the biggest thing sometimes is people (players) get the false notion that you put your work in on the off-season, but you still have to win it on the field," responded Leach when asked to explain his team's mentality as they have stumbled in their first two contests. "You don't resist the temptation to relax, like you've got it figured out."

During his weekly media conference, Leach offered a lengthy suggestion aimed at refining officiating college football games. Among the changes he suggested were: a grading system; an education process; enhance the pay scale by doubling what refs are paid now; after the season the graded bottom 4 should be moved to a lower conference while promoting 4 from lower conferences. He had another proposal aimed at tightening up the way Pac-12 games are called.

Just as coaches are accountable to media following a game, Leach would like to see a similar process for game officials. 

"The referee, after a game, should have to go to a press conference to answer any questions on officiating. So any questions on officiating are addressed by the officials."

The WSU head man knows first hand that when a coach addresses controversial officiating, it comes at a heavy price. In Leach's case, he's been fined $10,000, (by the Big 12 back in his days at Texas Tech) for responding to a media question on game penalties.

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