If there's such a thing as job security in coaching college football, Mike Leach has more of it. WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos extended Leach's deal through 2018. Leach has the Cougars one win away from their first bowl game since 2003. It could come Saturday at home against a reeling Utah team that'll be playing without its injured starting quarterback.
If Leach takes the Cougars bowling, don't be surprised if Pullman pulls out all the stops with a parade from one end of downtown to the other. It'll be five of the best minutes in city history.
While Leach looks like he'll be sticking around the Palouse for the near future, you can't help but wonder if his counterpart on Montlake is feeling as secure. Steve Sarkisian is getting more heat after another loss to a quality opponent. Pac-12 officials didn't help with an awful touchdown negating penalty but it's still a loss to a UCLA club in its second year under former UW player Jim Mora.
In his fifth season, Sark's program has about as much momentum as a mountain climber in greased flip flops. With a road game in Corvallis this Saturday and the Apple Cup after that, there's a very real chance the Dawgs could end the regular season with three straight losses. If that happens, or even with a win over the Beavers and a loss to the Cougars in Husky Stadium, UW fans and boosters may be ready to "Jump the Sark." If UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward truly believes in the man he brought here from USC, he should follow Moos' lead and extend Sarkisian's current deal which runs through 2015.
The bright spot shining on Husky athletics right now is the men's soccer team which was selected as the second overall seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament. Fresh off a Pac-12 title, the Huskies have earned a first round bye and on Sunday at 5:00 will host the winner of Thursday's Seattle U. at Creighton match-up. Pete Fewing's Redhawks, who just won the WAC tournament, lost to Huskies during the regular season. By the way, if the Huskies advance to the national semi-finals there's a chance two coaches who know each other extremely well will be going head-to-head. Jamie Clark leads the Huskies while possible opponent Notre Dame is coached by his father, Bobby Clark.
Also on the pitch, the Seattle Reign, coming off a disappointing first season in the National Women's Soccer League, have been making more deals than Rob Ford during a month-long bender. With more moves promised, the Reign made its biggest transaction of the off-season by sending two players and two draft picks to Boston for U.S. National team star Sydney Leroux. Leroux, who will join U.S teammates Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe on the Reign roster, will give the team the legitimate scoring threat they lacked last season. Leroux appeared with the Sounders women in 2012 and also in the most recent edition of ESPN's Body Issue.
And finally, the best college quarterback and wide receiver in Washington don't play in Seattle or Pullman. They call Cheney home. Vernon Adams has thrown a school record 41 touchdown passes and freshman Cooper Kupp is having one of the best seasons for a receiver in FCS football since a guy named Randy Moss played at Marshall. The Eastern Washington standouts have put their club in position for a perfect Big Sky Conference season and they have Pac-12 coaches wondering how they could have missed so badly is assessing their talent. As former Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox said almost every time he spoke to the press, "Football is not an exact science."