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Leach ready to make WSU debut

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OK, where were we? Oh ya, Mike Leach is in the Inland Northwest, arriving Monday afternoon by private plane in Spokane. He'll be in Pullman most of the day today before flying over the Seattle this evening. Read on.

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• Washington State: Leach's trip to the Palouse will be quick and crowded. Then he should be back after a week or so to stay. The meet-and-great in the CUB ballroom at noon is open to the public and I expect it to be crowded. The Seattle event tonight is a true press conference, as the public isn't invited. We'll check in after the Pullman circus. ... Leach has made one confirmed hire (by Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez), former Texas Tech and Arizona recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick has left the Wildcats and will be in Pullman soon. ... The Cougars seem to be on Jake Heaps' radar, as the former Skyline quarterback announced Monday he's leaving BYU. But looking at WSU's roster, it seems Heaps, after sitting out a year, would just be stepping into another crowd in Pullman, and would be battling Connor Halliday and, if he signs, Austin Apodaca for playing time. More than likely it would be just as hard, if not harder, for Heaps to earn the starting spot at WSU than it is as BYU.

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• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller assesses the first year of the Pac-12. ... Oregon booted former star cornerback and punt returner Cliff Harris off the team Monday after learning of a marijuana citation in Fresno after Thanksgiving. ... Both Arizona State, which seem to be still after June Jones of SMU, and UCLA, which is being turned down by everyone, remain in the coaching market. ... Once again, Stanford has a Heisman Trophy finalist. Is this the year for a win? ... Oregon State's recruiting is heating up. ... On the basketball court, the Beavers are playing as well as anyone in the conference. ... UCLA, on the other hand, isn't. ... Washington is in the midst of a tough road trip.

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• That's it for this morning. I had a great couple days with Kim and realized once again how lucky I am. Now it's back to a little more than three-week sprint to the end, starting today. Until later ...




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