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The idea of Washington State's Mike Leach as the national coach of the year is picking up steam

The NATIONAL AWARD AND TROPHY races in college football aren’t only about Luke Falk, Gabe Marks and Cougar players – the idea of Washington State’s Mike Leach as college football’s national coach of the year is picking up steam.

Campus Insiders introduced Leach at No. 7 this week in its rankings, just ahead of UW’s Chris Petersen who plummeted from CI’s top spot after the Huskies’ loss to Southern Cal.   

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With the next two games against Colorado and UW, Leach could jump up considerably on the list.

7. Mike Leach, Washington State (NR)
There’s one Pac-12 team left that has yet to lose a conference game. Yup, it’s the Cougars, who have reeled off eight consecutive wins in the same season for the first time since 1930. Leach has Wazzu performing at heights that haven’t been witnessed in the Palouse since Mike Price was still on the payroll 14 years ago. And he’s getting it done with much more than just the prolific, Luke Falk-led passing attack. With ranked Colorado and U-Dub in the on-deck circle, Leach has considerable room for growth if the winning streak remains intact.

Four Pac-12 coaches are in the top 10: Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre (2) Leach (7) Petersen (8) and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham (9).  Click here for the article.

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