Skip to main content

Major CFB Coach Rips Officiating In Leaked Text Messages

Mike Leach runs onto the field.

PULLMAN, WA - SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Leach of the Washington State Cougars takes the field prior to the start of the game against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Martin Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Pullman, Washington. Eastern Washington defeated Washington State 45-42. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

College football coaches (well, coaches in general) and officials have a love-hate relationship. If a call goes their way, the coach is happy. And if it doesn't, that coach might explode like a Fourth of July fireworks show.

Then there's Mike Leach. After a very controversial call during Washington State's game against USC, Leach sent a bevy of angry text messages to Pac-12 executives complaining about the officiating during the contest.

Yahoo! Sports obtained the text messages via a public-records request to the school.

Here's just a glimpse of what Leach had to say.

"Woodie is a total coward and is afraid of USC. I look forward to telling him in person." - Leach to Pac-12 vice president of officiating David Coleman

"The Pac-12 cannot say with any credibility, that they are actually trying to protect student athletes." - Leach to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott

Leach went on to rip the officials for a controversial hit from star defensive lineman/outside linebacker Porter Gustin of the USC Trojans. Gustin unleashes what should have been a textbook targeting penalty, but no penalty was called.

Here's the play.

You can read more here.

[Yahoo Sports]