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Mike Leach is fine with practice scuffles...as long as they are quick

Normally coaches straddle one side of the fence or the other when it comes to practice scuffles. For example, Sonny Dykes out at Cal believes that they can be productive during the spring.

At Washington State, Mike Leach explains that he has no issues with things getting a little heated between players...as long as the scuffles are quick.

"As long as they operate quick. If they waste a bunch of time I'm just going to put them in the middle and make them fight each other at the end of practice.:

"But if they get their business taken care of pretty quick then we'll put up with a little of it for a little while. I don't want to hurt enthusiasm, but at some point in that they have to have good focus and work habits. I don't mind the spirit of the thing or them popping each other a little bit, but if it's some sustained deal where we have to stop play then they're going to be running and every one else is going to be playing."

There you have it. Leach officially wants everything done at an up tempo pace. Practice scuffles included.


Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.