Mike Leach sends WSU coaches out on the recruiting trail for second time this bye week; Cougs next practice Saturday

ONE GREAT THING about a bye week, it offers a lot of recruiting flexibility. Mike Leach is sending his Washington State assistant coaches out on the recruiting trail -- for the second time this week.

Leach cancelled Friday’s planned practice session so WSU can hit the recruiting trail again, with the coaches set to return to Pullman in time for Saturday’s session. (Saturday’s practice time won’t be determined until sometime Friday).

Leach previously sent his coaches out on the road Monday and Tuesday of this week, waiting until Wednesday to hold WSU's first practice of the bye week with the Cougs next hosting Oregon on Oct. 1.

Washington State saw its second decommitment of the week on Thursday night, with DT Lamonte McDougle opening back up his recruitment.  RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio opened his recruitment back up on Sunday.

McDougle told's Corey Bender Thursday he rushed into his commitment rhis summer, but there will no doubt be those among the Cougar Faithful who will wonder if weeks of bad WSU press for off-field incidents, and the negative recruiting that often goes hand in hand with such fare, was a factor.

Leach has a personal relationship with the McDougle family. In a recruiting rarity, the WSU head man is also serving as the Cougs' area recruiter for the 6-1, 295-pounder out of Deerfield Beach, Fla. (See related story).

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McDougle told Bender on Thursday there was only one official trip he's set a date for -- to WSU -- next weekend when the Ducks come to Pullman.  Washington State generally eschews official visits until after the season unless there's an extenuating circumstance, such as if a prospect can't make it at any other time. It will be worth watching if McDougle does indeed trip to Pullman next weekend.

McDougle also told Bender that West Virginia, Syracuse and Kentucky are his other planned visits.  McDougle, who verballed to WSU in June, said in August he still planned to take all five official visits despite being verbally committed to Leach and Wazzu.

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