PULLMAN - Mike Leach and the Cougs continued preparations on Monday for their season-opening visit to BYU, which serves as Leach's coaching debut for Washington State.
Leach's long-awaited appearance on the sideline for the Cougars just happens to come at his alma mater. The BYU grad has never faced his former school, and says while there might be some nostalgia on the drive into town, the task at hand will demand all of his attention.
The Cougars from Provo finished 10-3 last year, thanks in part to one of the nation's toughest defenses. Leach credits their size for making them a disruptive unit.
All in all the WSU coach is pleased with his first camp in Pullman, he says now they need to play game and that regardless of who wins both teams will have a lot of work to do.
As for the quarterback situation, Leach said Saturday that if he had to pick one of them to start that day, Jeff Tuel would be the guy. When asked if that was still their status, he said "yeah".
Kickoff Thursday is at 7:15 p.m. (PT).