Mike Leach told Paul Petrino ‘f— you’ during postgame handshake (Video)

Mike-Leach-Paul-PetrinoWashington State enjoyed a relatively uneventful 42-0 win over Idaho on Saturday night. The Cougars cruised to victory as expected, with the most exciting part of the evening coming after the game when Washington State coach Mike Leach and Idaho coach Paul Petrino met at midfield for their handshake.

Petrino was obviously upset with Leach about something and Leach didn’t appreciate getting the cold shoulder. As Coug Center speculated, Petrino may have been angry with Leach for keepers his starters in when the game had already gotten out of hand. At one point, Leach put some of his starters back in to preserve a shut out and stuff Idaho at the goal line. The former Texas Tech coach had little to say about the exchange after the game.

“That would be strictly between he and I, so anything said between us would be private,” Leach said. “So we’ll leave it at that.”

It was pretty obvious that part of that private conversation included Leach giving Petrino a nice, “F— you.” Blowouts are common in college football. You can’t really blame Leach for wanting to preserve the shutout and improve his team’s bowl resume, just as you can’t blame Petrino for being angry after a 42-0 loss. If we learned anything from these two NFL head coaches a couple years back, it’s that postgame handshakes don’t have to be cordial.


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  • HankHillLovesTheCowboys

    Leach is pathetic. As a head coach, he’s supposed set an example and be a role model for his players, instead he looks like an out of control jerk who can’t keep his cool and has no class.

    No wonder Leach has such a bad image and poor reputation.

  • Brian

    Coaches have to do whatever possible sometimes to secure a win. This isn’t a nice little HS game, this is college. He has the right to put his starters in if he wants.

    Like any win/lose its just polite to say good game no matter what. poor job on both coaches.

  • foulkeyu

    Actually, no. Leach just went up to say “good game” to Petrino. Petrino said something and then hopped/ran away, yapping the entire time (this is visible on other camera angles). Leach said “F you” and stood there, but that was it. How is he “out of control?” As much as some of you guys in Texas would like to smear the guy, you just can’t do it.

  • foulkeyu

    He didn’t even put all of his starters in. Just put a couple back in after a couple of the backups screwed up. It is fair to say, though, that he and the other coaches really had the mix of 1s and 2s working to keep that shutout.

  • autigers2010champs

    AU said to Leach F U weeks ago haha

  • CoachM

    You must not be a coach, Foul Key. Hank Hill gets it. Leach shouldn’t be responding like that, and from what I see on You Tube this is not the first time Leach has been involved in one of these. Leach did the same thing with SMU Coach Phil Bennett.

    A GOOD coach, or heck just any mature person, does NOT yell out a “F you” in any circumstance, especially after a game, especially in public, and especially in front of the kids. This isn’t a private practice where you can cuss all you want, this is at a game with your students, alumni, fans and families with children. This run in is sad and does not help the coaching profession.

    I just finished reading a new sports book, “The System”. Good book for any college sports fan that did in depth research on some college sports incidents that show the good and the bad. In it, they detailed what a crass, strange, difficult person Mike Leach really is. If I were a Washington State alum or fan, I’d be so embarrassed to have that Leach as your coach.

  • Mark O’Neill

    Leach is a punk and a jerk. Even if he knows the game, that was one of the main reason they ran him out of Lubbock. He’ll never be a champion.

  • Hawker1

    I suspect you’ve never even seen the Lubbock skyline, much less know why Leach isn’t there anymore. He could be mayor of the town if he chose. This guy you call “punk” and “jerk” is more man than you will ever be. He was so well liked in Lubbock that Tuberville had to walk out on a winning team because he couldn’t measure up to the Pirate. Not to worry about TTech , though, because they brought in a Leach protege’. Stand by, WSU will turn the PAC 12 upside down within the next 2 years.

  • yepit’strue

    Leach Sucks

  • yepit’strue

    so Oregon coach got fined for what he said but Leach tells a coach FU and that’s ok, Leach your a real piece of work!!!!