Talking Points: UA should hire Leach

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Here’s a way for the Pac-12 to get more interesting in a hurry: Have Arizona hire former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach for its vacant job.

Leach said on Monday he has neither made nor received any contact from the Arizona administration.

“I wouldn’t expect any right now,” he told TucsonCitizen.com on Monday night. “And I don’t know if I would be on their list or not.’’

Leach, 50, said he has always planned on getting back into coaching after being fired by Texas Tech in late 2009 for alleged mistreatment of a player. Leach has pending litigation against the school. He was 84-53 in 10 years with the Red Raiders.

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HBO’s Bryant Gumbel directed some pointed remarks at David Stern during Tuesday night’s edition of “Real Sports,” likening the NBA commissioner to a slave owner, whose bigger priority is to “demean” players, rather than find a solution to the league’s lockout.

“Stern’s version of what’s been going on behind closed doors has, of course, been disputed,’’ Gumbel said. “But his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys.

“It’s part of Stern’s M.O. Like his past self-serving edicts on dress code or the questioning of officials, his moves are intended to do little more than show how he’s the one keeping the hired hands in their place.’’

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Husky fans who are ramped up over a team that has won nine of its past 10 games might get brought back to reality Saturday when Washington goes to Stanford.

One of the Dawgs’ weaknesses has been at safety this fall and the Cardinal have the best corps of tight ends in the country with Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo.

“Those are the biggest tight ends I’ve seen,” said WSU safety Deone Bucannon, referring to a trio that goes from 6-5 to 6-8 and from 250 to 265 pounds.

Washington is a 20-point underdog. But did we mention the Huskies are 9-1 over their past 10 games, dating to last season? Anything can happen.