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Cougar football head man Mike Leach was silent when asked questions on Tuesday by the media about Pullman PD

ON TUESDAY's Pac-12 conference call, Mike Leach was asked if he believes the meetings and discussions between WSU officials and the Pullman police department have turned a corner in a positive direction. Leach backed away from fanning any flames for media.

“I don’t really have any comment on that," responded Leach when asked about the progress in strained relationship between WSU football and the Pullman PD. From my chair, the tone of his voice didn't reflect his words, making clear Leach was carefully choosing what to say.

"It doesn’t (seem) it will take a step to the positive direction if, you know, we talk a bunch in the media. We’ve just got to work together and continue to have a great relationship," said Leach.

Switching gears to talking about Cougar football, Leach was quick to praise the play of backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski who saw action late in the blowout win over Idaho last Saturday.
"He looked good - wish he hadn’t thrown the pick at the end of the one drive. I thought he was decisive. I thought he did a good job running the offense. I thought he pushed the ball downfield," said Leach.

Luke Falk has posted impressive stats in the first three games. That hasn't, however, translated into outscoring opponents in the first two contests. Still, Leach says he's pleased with Falk's play.

“I would say his awareness overall is better. I think he’s been up and down but I think that he’s been steady," said Leach.

With the non conference slate done, the Washington State secondary has yet to gel as a unit. They are surrendering nearly 325 passing yards per game. But the porous coverage didn't seem to have Leach all that worried as his team heads into conference play Oct. 1 when the Cougs host the Ducks (Pac-12 Network) in front of a sellout crowd in Martin Stadium.

“I thought they played terrible the first game. I thought they got better the next two. They did a pretty good job both of the next two, especially if you can eliminate a couple of explosives.

“They’re kind of a work in progress.. I think Shalom (Luani) has played good. Robert Taylor does some good explosive things.“

Leach concluded his brief interview by suggesting the best time for a bye week would be later in the season rather than after just three games.

"You’ve played seven or eight games, and you regroup going down the stretch,” said Leach.

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