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On A Football Saturday: UNM considering Leach?

Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:55 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:58 pm
So, would New Mexico consider Mike Leach?

The answer seems to be a resounding yes. Within minutes of releasing the statement that announced the firing of Mike Locksley, New Mexico AD Paul Krebs texted his qualifications for the new coach.

Head coaching experience is strongly preferred. Ability to recruit in Texas is a virtual must. Also, ties to the Albuquerque area will be considered.

Leach qualifies for all three. He spent a decade at Texas Tech recruiting Texas. Lubbock qualifies as having area ties. It is 320 miles from Albuquerque.

Don't sleep on this situation. New Mexico's interested. Is Leach?

--A quarter of the way through the regular season these are surprising undefeated teams:

Baylor: Robert Griffin III has more touchdown passes, 13, than incompletions, 12.

"A young man like Robert Griffin, it's like you're playing with 13 people," said Rice coach David Bailiff after Saturday' 56-31 loss to the Bears.

Houston: In his sixth year of eligibility, Case Keenum is now the third-leading passer of all time

Illinois: The Illini are 4-0 for the first time since 1951, the year they won a national championship in something called the Boand System.

Clemson: Give Dabo Swinney a microphone, he'll scream into it. Tigers have early advantage in the ACC Atlantic after beating Florida State.

Georgia Tech: Another Paul Johnson classic. A route of Kansas, followed by a late win over North Carolina. Can we just go ahead and call that offense the hardest to play against in the country?

South Florida: While the Big East agonizes over membership in the future, the Bulls are the league's only undefeated team right now.

Florida: Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps are finally becoming a fearsome <>combination<> under Charlie Weis.

Kansas State: Bill Snyder still has some magic left. The same Wildcats who almost to Eastern Kentucky at home, stopped Miami at the 1 to go 3-0 for the 16th time in Snyder's 20 seasons.

--That "Big 12, Big 12" chant by Oklahoma State fans Saturday at Texas A&M. It was as much a taunt as pride. Okie State probably didn't know that one A&M fan was waving a giant SEC flag at Friday's midnight yell practice ...

--Don't know what this means: The top six rushers in the country are from six different conferences ... The top two rushers in the Big Ten are quarterbacks: Denard Robinson (168.67 yards per game), Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (105.25) ... Anyone notice conference play is beginning? ...

Blowing by you on the bayou: This just in at LSU. The Tigers are incredibly fast ... Also, Oklahoma State is incredibly resilient: "What this comes down to is I thought our team was in better physical condition by a long shot," said coach Mike Gundy. Game time temperature was 91 degrees accompanied by bright sunshine. Pokes gave guts and character. Can't wait until the Bedlam game Dec. 3 in Stillwater ... Oklahoma hadn't trailed in 20 consecutive home games until falling behind Missouri 14-3 in the first quarter ... Clemson has gained at least 455 yards in all four games. Quarterback Tajh Boyd has consecutive 300-yard passing games ... The Big Ten went 8-2 on Saturday but the two losses were embarrassing. North Dakota State beat Minnesota for the second straight season. North Texas got by Indiana ... West Virginia gave up its most points in six years in LSU's 47-21 rout ...

Who says you can't win committing seven turnovers? East Carolina did it, beating Alabama-Birmingham 28-23 ... Southern Miss has beaten Virginia in consecutive meetings ... SMU and South Carolina have the best conference records in FBS, 2-0 ... Toledo had a 22-play drive against Syracuse and settled for a field goal. Sure, it got screwed on that extra point that Big East on-field and replay officials ruled good (it wasn't.). But the Rockets would have done themselves some good by punching it in the first quarter.

--This week's Heisman ballot: 1. Robert Griffin III, Baylor; 2, Marcus Lattimore; South Carolina; 3, Kellen Moore, Boise State; 4. Denard Robinson, Michigan; 5. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State.

If Steve Spurrier ever gets a big head -- how could that happen? -- all he has to do is watch this 45-year old tape from the Ed Sullivan Show. Ed obviously didn't know who Spurrier was or his school. Miami? 

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:58 pm

On A Football Saturday: UNM considering Leach?

It would be a great thing watching Leach lead the Lobos into ATT-Jones Stadium in Lubbock to take on his Red Raiders!

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:47 pm

On A Football Saturday: UNM considering Leach?

Agree about Toledo's Coach. However, you need someone who can recruit in Texas. They might want to go after Sonny Dykes at La Tech--He was a Leach Assistant and his father is a legend in West Texas. Leach would be crazy to take the job. Ole Miss needs to hire Leach when they figure out that Houston Nutt went 8-5 at Arkansas with three starting NFL tailbacks on the same team. 

Sonny Dykes

Major Applewhite

Brad Franchione

David Bailiff

Phil Bennett 

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:24 pm

On A Football Saturday: UNM considering Leach?

Somebody better wise up and take a good long look at Toledo's head coach.....that dude has what it takes!

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:02 pm

On A Football Saturday: UNM considering Leach?

It may not matter who New Mexico get as head coach, people won't show up for the games.  The year after winning their first bowl game in 40+ years, there where less than 20,000 people at the Texas A&M game.  Idiots in the stands were yelling at Rocky Long (who was a QB at New Mexico) when his receivers dropped balls.  New Mexico was on track to becoming a respectable team with a committed head coach.  The fans of New Mexico have the mentallity of "when the Lobos field a good team, we'll show up for the game".  THEY DON'T GET IT!!!!!!  In college football, the fans ARE part of the program.  Showing up for games (mostly after winning seasons) every season is what it takes.  New Mexico will have a good when they decide to support it.  Selling tickets to corporate sponsors who don't show up, doesn't count.  YOU need to be the difference!!!


Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:59 pm

On A Football Saturday: UNM considering Leach?

Actually Leach would work real well at New Mexico. Locksley plays the spread so has recruited for such an offense that Leach likes to play. A benefit that some might overlook is that New Mexico is a state school and if they can get their football up to high levels of play I bet they would even be considered a school to move to a conference like the Big 12 - huge potential in growth.

Leach is going to have to take a step back into coaching at a New Mexico before he'll be able to move to more powerful coaching openings.

It might just take a mad man to make New Mexico work. Leach is the guy for NM, in my opinion.

Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:13 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

"Leach will want a bigger job for a lot more money than $750,000 at UNM.  He's looking for a $2-3 mil type job at a big school" Exactly. As much as I would like to see Leach at UNM, I'm not sure he would want that job. UNM is the epitome of crappy football, and I say that as a UNM alumni. If Leach was interested, however, it would be fantastic for UNM football.

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:07 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

Of all the conferences in which Mike Leach doesn't fit, the SEC is at the top. The Big 10 is a close second. No way Leach could bow down to the good ol' boys of the SEC. He would have been a good fit at Maryland and I am sure a lot of Terp fans would agree with me right now. I think we will see The Pirate at New Mexico or Rice. His style and personality fit Rice perfectly!

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 2:30 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

I agree with the public, how can Mike Leach not be coaching yet? Coach Leach, hold out for a BCS job, you deserve it and deserved it while at Tech. They were lucky to have you. I also want to know why Craig James is still employed? His kid still sucks at football!!!! Mike Leach would be a nice fit anywhere...

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:50 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

you gotta spend money for the good 1A head coach...the return would first off be respectability within your conference. monies earned through football trickle down thru all the the numbers the womens programs get the biggest that a bad thing? whatever anyone may say, a healthy, competitive football program draws young talent to the school...including the high caliber student athlete that wants to compete at a high level and knows the end of a college career isjust that...the end of football. Go Lobos...get yourself a keystone coach.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:38 pm

Leach will be the next coach at OLE MISS!!!!!!

Mike Leach will be the nect coach at Ole Miss. Mark it down.... BCS conference, will get 1.5-2.0 million year. Im a bama fan but believe he will be the next coach there.....

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