Mike Leach leaves WSU for Mississippi State


After eight seasons as Coach of the Washington State Cougar football team, Mike Leach is leaving to take up that roll at Mississippi State. It was confirmed in a Tweet this morning by Bulldog Athletic Director John Cohen saying, “The deal is done. See you back at StarkVegas at Bryan Field at 3:15 with @Coach_Leach,” including two photos of Leach apparently signing a contract.

Mike Leach is leaving WSU

In a statement, Leach said, “I can’t tell you how excited I am to be head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. I loved Washington State, but I am excited for the next chapter in the SEC. It’s a privilege to be part of the MSU family, and we look forward to getting down to Starkville shortly.”

WSU Reaction to Leach Leaving

WSU President Kirk Schulz and Athletic Director Pat Chun had a combined statement saying, “On behalf of Washington State, we would like to thank Coach Leach for his eight years of service to the Cougars. Mike has transformed Washington State Football into a national brand and we will be forever grateful.”

Seahawks have to Aaron’s to deal with Sunday at Lambeau Field

Seahawks play at Green Bay Sunday

The Seahawks continue preparations for their NFC Divisional playoff game in Green Bay Sunday. Coach Pete Carroll says the Packers now have a one-two dose of Aaron’s to deal with, not just Aaron Rogers…

Pete Carroll on Aaron Jones 2020-01-09

Pete Carroll on Aaron Jones 2020-01-09

Seattle is now 8-and-1 on the road this season heading into Lambeau Field Sunday. Coach Carroll says the recipe of traveling two days beforehand has worked, so they’ll stick with it…

Pete Carroll on Traveling Well 2020-01-09

Pete Carroll on Traveling Well 2020-01-09

NFL Playoff Schedule

The rest of the weekend looks like this, beginning with the Vikings and 49ers in Santa Clara Saturday at 1:35 on NBC. Then the Titans travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens at 5:15 on CBS.

Sunday starts with Houston in Kansas City at 1:05 on CBS. The it’s Seattle and Green Bay at 3:40 on FOX.

Mariner pitchers and catchers report to Peoria in just a month

Believe it or not, pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Arizona on February 12th. That’s just a little over a month away. We had two Seattle Mariners in town this week during a tour of Eastern Washington.
Pitcher Matt Festa hopes to earn a spot on the pitching staff full time in Seattle this season. He says he takes a different approach when trying to improve his game…

Matt Festa on Improving 2020-01-08

Matt Festa on Improving 2020-01-08

Seattle’s first spring training game is just 40-days away. Head to our website at NCWLIFE dot com to see Eric’s entire interviews with Festa, Nola and the Voice of the Mariners, Rick Rizzs.

Prep basketball scoreboard

We have a couple basketball scores to pass along from last night on the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Prep Basketball Scoreboard

Cle Elum traveled to Leavenworth last night and swept the Kodiaks with the girls winning 60-27 and the boys coming out on top 54-48.

Busy prep schedule today

On the prep schedule for today, we’ll begin with the schedule earlier today for the alley and the pool…

Prep Girls Bowling Schedule

Wenatchee was on the road at Sunnyside while Moses Lake was hosting Ellensburg in girls bowling.

Boys Swimming Schedule

And in boys swimming, Wenatchee was hosting Eastmont today at the Wenatchee High School pool.

Prep Girls Basketball Schedule

In girls basketball tonight, Brewster plays host to Manson at 6. Then at 6:30, it’s Entiat at Pateros and Waterville-Mansfield at Bridgeport.

Prep Boys Basketball Schedule

The boys schedule looks the same with just different start times. The Bears and Trojans tip it up in Brewster at 7:30. Then at 8 it’s the Tigers in Pateros while the Shockers play at the Mustangs in Bridgeport.

Prep Wrestling Schedule

Eastmont has its hands full in wrestling tonight when the Wildcats host the Sunnyside Grizzlies. That match gets underway at 7. Also at 7, it’s Moses Lake at Davis and Othello hosts Ephrata in the CWAC.

Hockey Night is tonight on NCWLIFE

It’s Thursday, so that means its Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight…

Hockey Night is Tonight on NCWLIFE

We’ll bring you the Wenatchee Wild’s game against the Victoria Grizzlies from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center. Arch Ecker has the call at 7 o’clock.

Wenatchee Wild Schedule

Meanwhile, the Wild will be back on the road for two games this weekend in BCHL play when they take on Powell River tomorrow night at 7 o’clock. Then on Sunday, the Wild and Clippers will face off in Nanaimo at 2pm.

Wenatchee returns home next Friday against Cowichan Valley.

Wild Campout with David Rayfield

By the way, David Rayfield continues his Campout for a Cause on the balcony, selling tickets for Military Appreciation Night January 18th. He says he has about 100 tickets left to sell to prevent spending another night on the balcony of the Town Toyota Center. You can buy your tickets by calling 888-7825.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in Wenatchee with his dog Oakley and has one daughter, Gracie (18) who is a freshman at Central Washington University.