Mike Leach bans Washington State players from Twitter; Chip Kelly chimes in

Many coaches view Twitter as nothing more than a distraction, and Mike Leach has apparently joined that group. Effective earlier this week, Leach has banned his Washington State players from using Twitter in any capacity or tweeting anything — regardless of the message.

According to The Spokesman-Review, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos said some of the WSU players have been “vulgar” with their tweets and writing things that he wouldn’t want kids to read. Leach didn’t offer much of an explanation, but he made it clear that the ban is very serious.

“Twitter’s now banned around here, so don’t expect anything on Twitter,” Leach said. “Twitter’s banned and quite frankly, if after today you see anything on Twitter from our team — and I don’t care if it says, ‘I love life’ — I would like to see it, because I will suspend them.”

When asked what promoted the ban, Leach didn’t feel as though he owed anyone a detailed explanation.

“Because I decided to,” he said. “That’s what prompted that.”

Clearly, something one or more of his players said ticked him off. Leach is not the first coach to ban his players from using twitter (this college basketball coach did it) and he won’t be the last. For all the entertaining things we see on Twitter, we have seen enough ridiculous tweets to understand why a coach would want to keep his players away from it. However, not all coaches are worried about their players tweeting.

If you can’t trust your players on Twitter, you probably can’t trust them on third down,” Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said when informed of Leach’s decision, according to Adam Jude of The Oregonian.

I guess that’s one way of looking at it.

H/T Dr. Saturday, SbB Live

Washington State Sold a Season Ticket Per Minute Day Mike Leach Was Hired

In case you were wondering how the Mike Leach hiring would be received in Pullman, this should answer your question. The Washington State ticket office received 750 new orders for season tickets on Wednesday, the day Leach was hired. The ticket sales included 100 club seats at $2,000 per order. The total revenue reportedly was $200,000.

Washington State’s ticket office had to bring in more staff to handle all the phone calls and ticket requests. They even stayed open several hours later than usual to accommodate requests. As if that’s not enough, the school reportedly received donations to the WSU Foundation every five minutes in the 5-6 hours after the hire was announced.

KHQ adds that even fans from Texas and Kansas have called the ticket office to inquire about the program because they’re Leach fans.

This is all what UCLA could have had but they weren’t interested. I had friends who don’t even live in the LA-area tell me they would have bought season tickets had the Bruins hired Leach. So much for that.

Washington State Hits Home Run with Mike Leach Hire

I’m sitting here watching UCLA at 6-6, and likely to end up 6-7 in a few days. The program has had one really good season in the past decade — a 10-2 year in 2005 when they were paced by future Pro Bowlers Maurice Jones-Drew and Marcedes Lewis. The Bruins have been an average team the past nine years, all of which were under the guidance of Karl Dorrell or Rick Neuheisel. Both hires were made by current athletic director Dan Guerrero, who reportedly had no interest in hiring Mike Leach to fill the head coaching vacancy in 2008.

Now, four years later, UCLA had a chance hire Leach, but they let someone else get him. While the Bruins are sitting here without a coach, Arizona snatched Rich Rodriguez and Washington State landed Leach.

Dread pirate Leach agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported $11 million to rebuild the program in the Palouse. It’s a great hire for Washington State, and one I wish UCLA would have made.

Leach’s teams at Texas Tech averaged more than 33 points per game in nine of his 10 years as head coach. They never had a losing season, and they went to a bowl every year. He’s used to recruiting players to Lubbock, Texas, so convincing players to play in Pullman shouldn’t be a problem. It won’t take long for Leach to turn Washington State, which had three 10-win seasons under Mike Price, into a winning program again.

For the record, in 2007, I said that Leach was not the answer for UCLA. I complained that he constantly topped out at 8 wins a year, and that his teams never could stop anyone. His lack of attention to defense is a fault, but had I been told the alternative was Rick Neuheisel, I would have begged for Leach.

Washington State likely won’t dominate the Pac-12 each year the way USC and Oregon have been, but just having an exciting offense and winning 7-8 games a season should please their fans. Things have become so bad at UCLA, that’s really all I’m asking for.