Mike Leach

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

WSU controversy highlights lack of players' rights

This Oct. 13, 2012 file photo shows WSU wide receiver Marquess Wilson (86) standing on the sidelines.
Dean Hare AP Photo

Washington State University's athletic department and the Pac-12 are each investigating claims of abuse by first-year head football coach Mike Leach. The often controversial coach denies the claims being leveled by former star receiver Marquess Wilson, who quit the team.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, no matter who's right in this case, it sheds light on the long-overlooked issue of players' rights - or lack of them - in college sports.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

New WSU coach Mike Leach brilliant but controversial

Mike Leach celebrates after Texas Tech beat Minnesota 44-41 in overtime in the Insight Bowl in 2006. Leach took the Red Raiders to a bowl game in each of his 10 years there. WSU officials hope he'll bring his winning ways to Pullman.
Ross D. Franklin AP Photo

He coached Texas Tech to 10 bowl games in 10 years. That's the winning record that Mike Leach brings to Washington State University as the new head football coach.

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he also comes with controversy.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Preview: The new man in charge of WSU football

New WSU football leader Mike Leach will bring his special brand of coaching to Pullman. He formerly coached at Texas Tech. He's pictured here in a game against Texas in 2007.
Eric Gay AP Photo

Just a day after firing Paul Wulff, who had the job for four years, Washington State University has hired Mike Leach to be its new head football coach.

Leach is the former coach of Texas Tech University. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he's an offensive wizard who's had his share of controversy.

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