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Rooney: Apodaca not caught up in Washington State coaching change

It would have been an easy distraction this week for Austin Apodaca.

After he leads Silver Creek against Windsor Saturday in the Class 3A state championship game, the senior quarterback will turn his attention toward getting ready for his career at Washington State.

However, the Cougars recently fired head coach Paul Wulff after four seasons, and on Wednesday the school announced the hiring of former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.

Leach was known for the pass-happy ways at Texas Tech but, for his part, Apodaca remains focused solely on this week’s ultimate finale of his high school career.

“It hasn’t been a distraction at all,” Apodaca said Wednesday. “I have a team to worry about first. We’ve got a game in the state championship. I’ll address Washington State and all that after the state championship game. I’m really focused on the task at hand right now.”