PULLMAN – The coaches in the football battle of the Palouse didn’t have a pleasant exchange following their game Saturday night. And they might have chances down the road to revisit their issues.
Idaho’s Paul Petrino and Washington State’s Mike Leach both live in Pullman. When they met on the field after WSU’s 42-0 rout of the Vandals, they spoke briefly, and video replays appear to show Leach dropping an expletive in the direction of Petrino, who had already parted company.
Neither coach would talk about it after the game, saying the conversation was private.
Some speculation centered around WSU inserting a couple of starters back into the game as Idaho threatened the shutout in the waning seconds. On most of the final drive that began with 8:07 left, WSU had second-string defensive linemen in the game but starters at linebacker and in the secondary.
After consecutive penalties on WSU inside the Cougar 10 – one for roughing-the-passer and a second for unsportsmanlike conduct on Leach, who was apparently disputing the first call – it appeared WSU defensive line starters Junior Gauta and Toni Pole returned to the game, but Xavier Cooper, who had a big night, said later he was on the sidelines for the final stand.
The teams are scheduled to play again in 2016.