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Leach remains encouraged despite struggles

EDUARDO MIDDLETON

IT HAS NOT quite lived up to the hope of providing Washington State fans their first bowl since 2003. But coach Mike Leach said during his Tuesday Pac-12 football coaches teleconference that he is not discouraged about the state of the program as Washington State plays its final road game of the season at noon Saturday at Arizona State (TV: Pac-12 Networks).

Leach attributed some of the Cougars' struggles to youth. He said WSU (2-8 overall, 0-7 conference) has played 15 freshmen this season. "We've got a lot of young players who are emerging and doing well," Leach said. "We've had some growing pains. I think anytime...

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