Washington State football coach Leach enjoys fruitful hunt in Canada

Jojo Doria – AHN Sports Contributor

Pullman, WA, United States (AHN Sports) – Apart from his affinity to pirates, WSU head football coach Mike Leach spends time learning about various things during the off-season, including grizzly bears and recently enjoyed a fruitful bear-hunting trip in the deep woods of Alberta, Canada.

Leach tweeted early this week he was going bear hunting with former Cal quarterback and outdoor sports enthusiast Mike Pawlawski and, apparently, a guide.

After heading north of the border Tuesday, Leach, 51, known among fans for his fascination with 18th century pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack, reported his success on Twitter Friday.

“Yesterday, I shot one of the biggest bears the guide had ever seen. He has been guiding for over 15 years. Over 7 feet and over 350 lbs,” Leach said via his Twitter page.

There were no pictures to prove the marksmanship of the Cougars head coach.

Pawlawski did post via his Twitter account a shot from his scope as they were looking for black bears, but there were no images of the giant bear which Leach claimed he shot.

The Twitter universe was filled with some interesting responses to Leach’s reported downing of a big bear.

Despite the different reactions and theories, including a conflict with PETA which might have caused the lack of images to prove the kill, there were still observers believing that Leach probably shot a bear.

Leach, known for his spread offense which is mostly passing-oriented and has resulted to several of his quarterbacks posting NCAA records, agreed to terms with Washington State on Nov. 30, 2011 after spending 10 successful seasons as head coach at Texas Tech.

In his 10-year stint at Texas Tech, he led the Red Raiders to winning seasons in every year of his tenure.

Leach will coach the Cougars starting the 2012 season.

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