Mike Leach isn’t afraid of a little controversy. Over the years, the Washington State football coach has never held back when responding to questions.
That notion held true yet again when Leach talked to Justin Melo with the Titans Wire. Melo lined up the interview to talk about former Cougars quarterback Luke Falk, who was drafted in the sixth round (No. 199 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
That topic did get covered, but it was Leach’s response to another question that was so interesting.
Melo ended up asking Leach about finding a balance between winning games and developing players for the NFL.
“I pay no attention whatsoever to developing them for the next level,” Leach responded. “That’s somebody else’s job. Why would I care? We coach them the best that we can. We worry about putting them in the best positions they can be put in here at our school to accomplish the things that we need to accomplish.”
Leach wasn’t done, either.
“I do think it goes hand in hand, though,” he continued. “I think if they’re in a good place and they get the proper coaching, then the better their chances are at the next level. We’re not gonna sit here and monkey around and worry about the next level. There’s no point in me sitting around trying to guess what they want at the next level. That would be a bunch of foolishness.”
The honesty behind Leach’s answer was actually refreshing, if nothing else. College coaches have enough to worry about when it comes to winning on the collegiate level. If you don’t succeed at that aspect first and foremost, you don’t have a job.
With that said, it will be interesting to see how people react to his statement.
In most cases, high school recruits want a chance to play at the NFL level. That’s a major reason why Alabama has become one of the top college football dynasties of all time. Nick Saban and the rest of the coaching staff know how to put top-notch talent in a position to make it as a professional player.
In fact, how would Saban answer this question? Someone needs to go out on a limb to find out.
The world deserves an answer.