Leach touches on suspension, Pac-12 landscape


OLIVER McKENNA | The Daily Evergreen

WSU Head Coach Mike Leach speaks with the offense after a poor play against Colorado in Saturday night’s win over the Buffaloes.

TYLER SHUEY, Evergreen columnist

WSU football Head Coach Mike Leach spoke at his regular Monday news conference, addressing issues ranging from the development of his freshmen receivers to his admiration for the scenery of Pac-12 schools.

One of the focus points of the news conference was the status of junior wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. going into Saturday’s game at Arizona. The athlete was suspended before the game against University of Colorado, Boulder for violating team rules. Leach said he expects Martin Jr. to return this week.

Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times asked Leach if he’s ever had a deeper, more talented freshman receiving class than this year. Leach spoke of their future impact.

“We’ll see what becomes of ’em,” he said. “Talent is not the bottom line, that’s just potential. We’ll see where they take it.”

Leach also addressed the landscape and geography of the Pac-12 compared to his time coaching in the Big-12 conference. When asked what his favorite city in the Pac-12 was, Leach couldn’t choose one and rather addressed all the areas he liked.

“The Oregon coast is pretty cool, skiing near Salt Lake [City] is pretty cool,” Leach said. “If you got a few days’ worth of patience for excessive traffic, there’s stuff to do in L.A. and the Bay area.”

Aside from all the topics Leach addressed in his news conference, the focus of his team will be on Arizona this week. WSU travels to Tucson for a 6:30 p.m. Saturday game against the Wildcats.

Reporting by Tyler Shuey