Mike Leach evidently yearns for the simpler days of arranged marriages.
I guess that’s gonna have an effect on recruiting in the future.
Hells to the yeah on this bad boy:
“Rather than coaches and athletic directors being asked about officiating, I think what needs to happen is, after the game, at the press conference, there has to be a representative from the officials answering these questions,” Leach said. “Right now, the officials aren’t accountable for any of that stuff, and they’ll make some screwy call right, wrong or indifferent, and there’s a coach sitting there, and everybody’s asking him. It’s a total ambush waiting to happen, because we’re not allowed to comment on it. If you do, you get fined.
“It directly affects the success or failure of your team, whether it’s a good call or a bad call. All of a sudden, you’re sitting there, and those questions should be directed to the referee, rather than you or the athletic director. What I think should happen is that when you have a press conference, as they come off the field, the referee should … have to answer any quick questions the media have on the calls they made and why this was made and how this was made, so coaches and athletic directors aren’t left with that, so at least there will be an explanation you see. … I think that needs to happen. I think that’s long overdue.”
Wouldn’t you have loved to hear the media go after the crew for an explanation of the celebration call on AJ Green? How about the targeting call on Ramik Wilson? (Or pretty much any game Penn Wagers calls.)
No doubt mistakes happen. Officials are human like the rest of us. But you know what else? Nobody likes criticism all that much. And maybe if officials knew they’d have to face public questioning about a controversial call, they’d make a little more effort to get it right.
Sad to say, it may be time to admit the bloom is wearing off the Mike Leach rose. Wazzou looked poorly coached on offense last night in losing.
It’s weird, in a way. The Air Raid scheme Leach pioneered is still going strong (just ask Lorenzo Ward about that). But Washington State isn’t really getting much traction. I suspect that being the third or fourth best program in Texas gets you access to better athletes than you get a shot at as the number two program in Washington.
It’s a shame, because college football is better off with a few characters in it. But Leach is being paid to win football games, not to be a character.
Take ten minutes or so out of your day and listen to this interview with Leach yesterday about the proposed substitution rule. It’s an absolute tour de force.
“I can remember in the third quarter, he’s pulling his cell phone out,” Harrell says of Texas Tech’s 2007 loss at Texas. “He always talked to me between series, so he’s talking to me and he pulls his cell phone out and he called the Big 12 commissioner. He’s like cussing out the Big 12 commissioner, telling him like, ‘These refs are screwing us. You better watch my post-game press conference because I’ve got some stuff to say.'”
Wouldn’t you have loved to have seen an enraged Mark Richt whip out a cell phone and call Mike Slive after the second targeting call in Nashville?
Paul Petrino bitching about Wazzou putting its defensive starters back in at the end of the game to try to preserve its first shutout in a decade is about the last thing I would have picked. I mean, crap, just score, you know?
Although it means we get treated to this classic moment of postgame comity: