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.