I don't know if this is a good fit, I mean, putting players in the shed in Texas is one thing, but in Minnesota a skinny walk-on could freeze to death out there.
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am i the only one who thinks he's a great coach and fear his teams?
I would rather not see Minnesota hire Leach. They probably wouldn't become consistent Big Ten Title contenders under him but I am sure they would field solid teams. In the new Big Ten, we will see them every year.
But I do like the idea of him in the b10. Another big player that can beat the powerhouses.
I think Leach is a great coach who got screwed at TTU because they got their knickers in a twist over his contact with Washington, and they didn't want to pay him as much as he had negotiated in his contract.
It was demonstrated that the "shed" where he had Adam James ice himself is bigger than the average dorm room, and documented that a dark room and ice are both appropriate treatments for a player with a concussion.
I think Leach can do at least as well as Glen Mason did at Minnesota if they give him the job. It would be a lot of fun to have him in the Big Ten. If Minnesota became stronger, it would make the Big Ten stronger. I still entertain the "fantasy" that the Big Ten can once again be the best conference in college football, so I am definitely in favor of anything that makes the Big Ten stronger and more entertaining.
Leach could possibly do both.
Leach is a nut like Mangino, which why he was fired.
He's not a nut like Mangino. Few are a nut like Mangino.
The guy's players hated him. He always came off as a jerk in interviews, so I'm not sure I buy the whole "Adam James is an entitled rich kid" story. Anyone who gets fired from a school and then sues asking for an injunction to force the school to let him coach the bowl game clearly lives on another planet.
This is the one guy that Minnesota could feasibly get that I was worried about. They aren't a threat to get the big names and I didn't trust their ability to pick out a great up and coming coach after the PLAY4BREW fiasco, but someone like Leach is an obvious pickup.
He is a proven offensive coach out there who is only unemployed because of some questionable decision making and philosophical differences with an institution.
You can argue his tactics or his leadership but within a few years at Minny his offense would shred.
Programs in Minnesota's position need to jump on a guy like Leach cuz its the best they'll get.
If he were a little more PC and could impress an AD more, he'd be at the top of the coaching chain.
He's clearly a smart guy and a brilliant coach from an X's and O's perspective, but his personality is borderline dysfunctional and he repels everyone he meets with his attitude.
Why is it that all college coaches who never actually played college football have weight and attitude problems (Weis, Mangino, Leach)?
I KNOW SO THEY SAID IT ON 97.1!!!
Obvious lack of regard for family values.
get my hands on a 2005 pod cast from 97.1 (1270 then) when valenti and foster were doing the mid day show... valenti would talk about how great the spread was and how teams couldn't prepare for it... its amazing how an idiot of a coach like john l. could sour you on an offense...
Leach. Minnesota needs a strong fundamentals coach, not some goofball.
but in Minnesota a skinny walk-on could freeze to death out there.
But thats what the fat little girl friends are for.
Minnesota is fortunate that he is basically untouchable by the major programs right now. He would make them competitive, to a point. There is only so much you can do there. But eventually he will develop a great QB and win a bunch of games one year
I would not want the Pirate in our division where we'll see him every year. Like others have said, he's not PC by any means, but he's a good coach.
He won at least 8 games for eight straight seasons at TTU. He had 9 straight seasons of .500 or better in the Big 12 (despite playing in the same division as OU and Texas). Anyone who has been to Lubbock knows how impressive that is.
His ability to take a 2-star unknown Texas recruit and turn him into a success is proof he can coach.
I imagine he can find plenty of 2-star unknowns in Iowa, Minn, Wisco, and Illinois that will do just as well in his system.
The guy just knows how to coach the passing game. I think the Big 10 is a little better defensively than the Big 12, but he would definitely make Minnesota competitive. I think the people at TTU figured they could just bring in a new coach to run that system without a hiccup but Tubberville hasn't exactly set the world on fire. This will probably Tech's worst season in about a decade and I think it all comes down to not having Leach at the helm of that offense.
Like I said: he's an excellent coach with a great eye for talent, but he's an asshole.
Anyone else thinking at first that this was going to be about Rick Leach? I was thinking that'd be a really bizarre hire.
That hire would be interesting, and in my opinion, awesome. I love Ricky Leach and would love to see him scrambling down the Minn sideline.
If Leach gets hired at Minnesota, I, for one, cannot wait to see Goldy with an eye-patch for Leach's pirate motif.
It would be cool to see him at Minny, though I would like to see Michigan's secondary get a bit more solid first.
This would be very bad for Michigan and their 1.666 defensive backs that are typically available to cover receivers
That would be a great hire for that program. There are huge inherent disadvantages coaching there. One of the biggest is a relatively lean in-state talent base. Another is the perception that it is a total outpost in the arctic, making it hard to get high star southern talent.
A guy with some charisma, who is a winner, in a fun style of play that doesn't require the best high school recruits would be perfect for that program. They'd win a lot too.
Added coolness: Seeing him push 500 yard games against Ohio State and Iowa would further muzzle the "that won't work in the Big Ten" crowd.
Minnesota's in-state talent base is, year on year, comparable or better than Iowa and Wisconsin. Perhaps you've heard of David Gilreath, Larry Fitzgerald Jr., James Lauranaitus, Michael Floyd, Seantrel Henderson, MB III, and on and on. There is enough talent in the state, they just need a coach to keep it there and recruit other areas.
Also, you're flat wrong wrt getting southern talent. Have a look at Minny's roster. There are plenty of players from Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
With the right coach there is no reason Minnesota cannot be as successful as Wisconsin and Iowa.
This would be a huge hire for the Gophers. Mike Leach has been a winner everywhere he has been. The year before he arrived at Kentucky, their quarterback passed for 967 yards. In Leach's first year, his quarterback, Tim Couch, threw for 3,884 yards; the year after that, Couch, who lasted for only a few disappointing years in the N.F.L., threw for 4,275 yards. After Kentucky, Leach moved to Oklahoma for a single season, 1999. That year Oklahoma went from 101st to 8th in the country in offensive scoring. Its quarterback, Josh Heupel, passed for 3,850 yards that season, which was 1,700 more than any quarterback in Oklahoma football history had thrown for in a season
Also, Leach learned to recruit in Texas with the high profiled recruits going to OU, UT, and A&M. With the exception of Crabtree not many of Leach's TTU players were NFL talents and he was still competing with the best in the Big 12.
I'm torn. I want Minnesota to be respectable; HOWEVA, aren't they in our division effective next year? That would certainly make our division more difficult...right?
Personally, I've got no problem with Minnesota being terrible. We have enough tough games on the schedule.
I dont care as long as I get to hear the pig speech at some point.
But is he a Minnesota Man?
I've heard he just doesn't understand the rivalry with South Dakota St.
Wait - they won that one. It's the North Dakota State and South Dakota rivalries you must be speaking of.
What's the over under on how long it'll take him to put a golden gopher on a jolly roger and make it their new helmet logo if they hire him?
Leach coming to Minny would be a very good thing for the conference. Our 2012 schedule gets more brutal with each passing day...
How in the world is that pass happy offense going to work on the frozen astroturf?
Well, I imagine the throw ball/catch ball dynamic isn't all that different in the cold.
I have heard Leach give the exact same response ("I will listen to anybody") many times on air. Callers ask him about his interest in different jobs almost daily. I think he would fit much better at Colorado or Texas A&M (how much would that piss off the TTU faithful?) or even Washington State (he is originally from the Northwest, MT I think). One or more of those jobs is likely to open up in the next year or two.
Gopher Pirates?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Yes Please!
But in all seriousness, Id rather they didn't. Our secondary really does need that.
Our games will last 5 hours as we battle to the death in 72-70 shootouts.
for the BT. Let's get the best coaches and best players in the nation here. Leach is a good coach, regardless of the over-hyped media story.
What's good for the Big Ten is not necessarily good for Michigan. We don't want total parity. We want a pecking order, with us on top.
Mike Leach as OC vs. Tony Gibbons as secondary coach gives me nausea.
When did it become conventional wisdom here that Gibson is a poor position coach? He seemed to work wonders with Ryan Mundy when he transferred to WVU. Here, he's responsible for the two corners and our free safety. Only one of those three guys (Floyd) ever played before this season, and he's taken a major leap forward. I'm not sure it's fair to evaluate Gibson on the play of Rogers and Cam Gordon, neither of whom should be starting.
looked absolutely terrible in the positional drills at the combine and never got better after his freshman year. Morgan Trent--went from absolute bum on our defense to a nickel corner in the NFL.