Mike Leach is not happy about how the Pac-12 handles player safety.
The Washington State football coach expressed anger in a series of text messages exchanged with conference officials last month, which were obtained by Yahoo Sports.
Leach's texts were sent in response to a controversial no-call in the team's 39-36 loss to USC on Sept. 21. He declined to comment after the game on an obvious helmet-to-helmet targeting hit by USC’s Porter Gustin on Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew, but he told reporters to call Woodie Dixon, the Pac-12 general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs.
He wrote in a text message to Pac-12 vice president of officiating David Coleman: “Woodie is a total coward and is afraid of USC. I look forward to telling him in person.”
Leach also sent a message to Dixon and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, saying: “Don’t ever waste my time, making me sit through some sanctimonious speech or demonstration on player safety or targeting if you are going to continue to alibi what happened last Friday.”
In another message to Scott, he wrote: “The Pac-12 cannot say with any credibility, that they are actually trying to protect student athletes.”
The Pac-12 issued a statement to Yahoo Sports late Friday in response to Leach's text messages.
"While we do not comment on private communications with coaches, if there is ever a serious allegation of any kind from a coach we follow up and discuss the matter with the relevant university athletic department and provide them with an opportunity to request an inquiry into the matter," the conference said in its statement. "No such request has been received from Washington State University."