From a WSU perspective, this year’s Apple Cup was ugly on and off the field. After the Dawgs trampled the Cougs for the seventh consecutive year, Mike Leach let a columnist have it in his post-game media session.

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The Cougar head coach said he was surprised that everyone is always surprised when the Huskies win the Apple Cup since they have a top 10 recruiting class. John Blanchette of the Spokesman-Review followed that up by asking: “So you’re not supposed to beat ranked recruiting classes?” causing Leach to go off on him.

“You run your little column and stuff like some sanctimonious troll where you’ve never fair or even-handed with us. So I don’t really care what you think… If you can live your little meager life in your hole and write nasty things, and that makes you feel even, you go right ahead.”

I read a lot of comments about the Leach-Blanchette exchange, and many sided with Leach, thinking Blanchette had it coming because he’s been so negative about the Washington State program over the years. But others thought Leach went too far.

In his Apple Cup column following the game, Blanchette pointed out two errors in Leach’s assertions – Chris Petersen has never had a top 10 recruiting class at Washington, and no one is ever surprised when the Huskies beats WSU.

In a blistering conclusion to his column, Blanchette wrote: “Not that many weeks ago, Leach assailed the leaders on his football team as ‘frauds.’ But when it comes to the Apple Cup, that’s not quite the case.

“It’s not them, Mike, it’s you.”

To be honest, I’ve always been conflicted about Leach – on the one hand, he’s a terrific coach who revived a program …read more

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