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Is the Pac-12 manipulating wins and losses? Mike Leach suggests so in leaked texts

In this Oct. 24, 2009, file photo, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talks with his team during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Lubbock, Texas.
In this Oct. 24, 2009, file photo, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talks with his team during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Lubbock, Texas. AP

Mike Leach has a nice side and a not-so-nice side.

In a recent email, the Pac-12 league office got to see the latter from the Washington State head coach.

USC linebacker Porter Gustin was not given a targeting penalty for hits on Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew during the Trojan’s 39-36 win on Sept. 21. Meanwhile, Washington State linebacker Logan Tago was flagged on that very call for a hit on Trojans quarterback JT Daniels.

Eventually, reports from last week led Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to admit errors were made in the replay-review process. He then proclaimed that immediate changes would be made to the process that will prevent any real-time inference by leaders in the conference going forward.

Here’s what Leach texted to league officials following that USC game, which were obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Leach, in a text to Pac-12 vice president of officiating David Coleman, wrote on Sept. 25 about the targeting no-call against USC: “Woodie is a total coward and is afraid of USC. I look forward to telling him in person.” Leach referred to Woddie Dixon, the Pac-12 general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs.

Leach also wrote Dixon and said: “Why can’t I help wondering, if you’re trying to manipulate wins and losses?”

Dixon responded by saying: “Mike don’t ever again accuse [me] of manipulating wins and losses. Please show this text to your AD and have him give me a call.”

Leach wrote back to Dixon, “I didn’t accuse you of anything. I suggest that you get on sorting out those rules that I pointed out. After all, that is your job.”

You can read the full details and the Pac-12’s response here.

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