Washington State coach Mike Leach has never been the type of guy to be afraid of telling you how he feels. And the former Kentucky offensive coordinator recently made it crystal clear how he feels about offensive approach taken in the SEC.
The Clarion-Ledger’s Antonio Morales interviewed Leach as part of a feature story on new Ole Miss offensive coordinator Phil Longo bringing an unconventional approach to the SEC. It’s a fantastic feature story that is worth a read.
But within that story are some pretty bombastic quotes from Leach that are worth some extra attention.
The former Kentucky offensive coordinator (1997-98) had some pretty harsh words for the southeastern mindset when it comes to calling offensive plays and also dropped a pretty telling quote about the current state of SEC offenses.
Leach coaches in the PAC-12 now, but coached in the Big 12 and SEC previously. He said he faced the most skepticism when he coached in the southeastern portion of the country.
“First, it becomes it won’t work,” Leach said. “Second, they basically say oh it’s a system, suggesting that people who don’t do it that way, who just run it up the middle, stick all your asses together so one hand grenade can kill everybody, that’s the right way to do it. Since they do it the right way, they’re OK with the fact they lost.
“This is a great time to be in the SEC, everybody’s got the same offense: run right, run left, play action. And they tease themselves and say we threw it four more times a game this year than we did last year.”
And before you go after Leach’s credibility on the issues, keep in mind that he set six NCAA records and 41 school records while in charge of the Kentucky offense for two seasons, per Morales’ report.
The ship may have sailed on the innovative 55 year old ever returning to coach in the league, but perhaps Longo can serve as the same kind of shake up for the conference.