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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: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:53 am

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

Yes, but conditions.  NM starts a donor drive to bring it up to the level of Texas Tech.  Apply to BigXII or Big East (TCU is a neighbor).
Prohibit Criag James from entering New Mexico, like the illegal alien he is.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:20 am

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

Mike Leach should hold out until the end of the season for much greater opportunities and openings...i.e., USC should have a head coaching position available, which is a much greater opportunity. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:12 am

Leach should turn it down

Leach deserves a BCS job.  And Craig James still desrves to be fired by the Worldwide Leader of Cronyism.  

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:12 am

Money Talks

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.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:17 am

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

The question is, would Leach be willing to take a job at a non BCS school? Leach would have to do it for about 800,000 to 1 million dollar range.  So is that enough to get him to come to UNM?  Could UNM afford to pay him, that would be the next question. 

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:15 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

UNM would be crazy not to want Mike Leach.

But, I think he still needs to settle his lawsuit with Texas Tech before he'd be available.  Both Craig James and ESPN did an unfair hatchet job on him.  Leach is a bit eccentric, but what the hell?  So is Albuquerque!  He'd be a great addition to a program that needs a high-profile coach.  It seems to have worked out okay for Steve Alford in hoops.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:14 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

You can't be serious about Weeden as the Heisman winner.  Hell, he'll be older than 6 of the current holders of the trophy and that is not counting Reggie Bush.  You know that's not right.  If he were in the NFL he'd be older than half the starting QB's.  As it is, Weeden is competing against a guy who is a decade his junior, Florida State's Trickett, a seventeen year old who won't be shaving for another year. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:59 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

New Mexico needs a boost and Leach would give that for sure.  As a fan of the MWC, I welcome him.  As a UNLV fan, he scares me.  So, I do want him to come in and help out New Mexico since both of us are the bottom feeders and at least New Mexico would be helped and that is coooool

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:29 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

I would love to have Mike Leach as our next coach. First, he has head coaching experience at a school with a strong football program.  Second, he would inherit a team that, despite being poorly coached and developed thus far, are adept to operate out of a shotgun offense. Third, as Dodd mentioned, Leach has good ties to the Texas recruiting pipeline.  Finally, his only bad publicity was blown out of proportion because of a player with a powerful father, at least in terms of media ties. The only issue I see is money. I believe that Leach's salary before he was fired from Texas Tech was somewhere near $2 million a year.  UNM is strapped for cash thanks to that thief Locksley.  My grad school tuition is currently $4000 per semester and it will only go higher if we hire a bigger name coach like Mike Leach. However, it might still be the best remedy to repair the damage that Locksley has caused Lobo football. 

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:27 pm

On A Football Saturday; UNM considering Leach?

I would love to see Mike Leach at New Mexico. Albuquerque deserves a good program and Leach could do it.

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