I’m no rocket scientist (no comments from the peanut gallery) and really like Leach as a head coach despite his idiosyncrasies. I even decided to route for Texas Tech over the other schools around here when I moved to Texas. However, I have been unable to get my head around this comment after Leach was asked about the university moving the Texas game from the 10th week to the 3rd after ABC approached both universities with an offer to do so. Detroit reporters would instantaneously combust if this came out of RichRod’s mouth.
“They’re a good team every year, and you’ve got to play them,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with the time that we play them. We’ve just got to go out and worry about being the best team we can be.”
As for playing the game early or late in the season, Leach compared it to “going up to a kid and asking him if he wants an ice-cream cone right now or 50 dollars in three days.”
Leach said it was a weighty decision with major ramifications, however.
“The school’s got a duty to help do the wise thing,” he said. “You can get money on the front end, short term, but if it weakens the team overall — then all of a sudden they take a couple more losses that they wouldn’t have or they don’t go to as good a bowl as they might or they miss going to a bowl — you impact a lot of things.
“You impact recruiting. You impact your team’s performance that year. You impact your team’s performance the next year perhaps through recruiting. You impact the mentality of your team as far as their ability to be successful. You may impact their chances once they get to conference, and then ultimately you may impact the chances of how well (a school) can sell seats and market their program.”
With that said, however, Leach reiterated that he was OK with moving the game.
Rest of the story can be found on redraiders.com: http://www.redraiders.com/2009/09/14/leach-signed-off-on-moving-up-tech-...