Big 12 links: Give him a question and Leach has an opinion

September, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There's a reason why Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is easily the most quotable coach in the Big 12.

Leach was sizzling on Monday while talking about a variety of subjects in several media sessions.

He started on the Big 12's weekly teleconference by describing how his team rode out a storm that dumped buckets of water at Jones AT&T Stadium before last Saturday's game against SMU. "We ought to do a commercial for Field Turf," Leach said.

Later in the call, Leach had a well-reasoned take why his program has never developed an NFL starting quarterback and why NFL coaches might be looking for the wrong qualities in a quarterback.   

"Those guys may think they are really good coaches or whatever, but they are not going to make a guy accurate. Name one guy the NFL has ever made accurate," Leach said. "They don't make any of them accurate.

But he was only getting started. While talking with his local media in Lubbock a couple of hours later, Leach lit into his quarterbacks and wide receivers for their inconsistent play. That blast was notable because his two best players are QB Graham Harrell, the defending Baugh Award trophy winner, and WR Michael Crabtree, who set virtually every national freshman record en route to winning the Biletnikoff Award last season.

Leach's comments were telling, but not surprising from those who have been around him over the years.

The Red Raiders lead the nation in passing, rank second in total offense and are 15th in scoring, but those statistics mask what Leach feels is struggling play. And if it continues, Leach told the reporters, the Red Raiders are in "for a long year."

Harrell was blasted even though he threw five touchdowns and passed for 418 yards in an impressive 43-7 victory over SMU. And Crabtree was blistered despite catching eight receptions for 164 yards, including three touchdowns.

"What we've done, quite honestly, for 2 1/2 games I don't consider acceptable," Leach said. "I don't know at what point they think we arrived. This group of quarterbacks and receivers, we haven't done anything impressive. I don't think it's impressive at all other than some numbers inflated by some explosiveness and the efforts of others. As far as any steadiness, there's nothing impressive."

Hopefully, Leach doesn't have anything to say about these links.

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