We get it. We better hold onto Bielema becuase there will be lots of openings and won’t be able to get a good coach because the good ones will pick the other jobs over Arkansas. Better wait until there aren’t as many openings around the country. Your “we better keep Bielema no matter what” agenda is clear. I’d trade Bielema for Leach in a second.
Mike Leach is an irreverent guy that uses pretty coarse language for the bible belt. He pissed off a lot of people in Lubbock and he is doing some of the same at WSU. His pirate infatuation is over the top. He does not handle the press that well in big situations, and he seems to have a hard time with passionate fan bases and related media. He is better at a Kentucky, TT or WSU with lesser passionate fan bases. He is a loose cannon.
We better keep him and let him mess up the most talented instate class in a decade. (2019)
Other coaches will be recruiting so hard against us on the platform if he’s going to be fired at the end of the season, that takes a toll. Especially seeing that it’s extremely likely we will start the year 0-3 in the SEC.
Leach knows how to generate publicity, and occasionally manages to surprise a higher ranked opponent, but he’s never shown any ability to play consistently well against good teams. He’s a good enough coach to go 8-4 or 7-5 most every year at Washington State, just like he did at Texas Tech, but he’s never been good enough to even get close to a championship in either the Big XII or the Pac in his first 16 years as a head coach, and that is not changing this year.
His record does not inspire confidence that he would be capable of lifting an SEC team to the upper half of the league, much less division championships.
If a change is made, we can do better than Leach. Any number of the up and comers mentioned on this board would be a better choice.
He has to go, bottom line…11 - 26 is unacceptable and LSU and Miss St. still on the schedule and Mizzou will be a 50/50 game. So we’re staring 4 - 8 or 5 - 7 in the face. Just won’t cut it for a veteran coach in their 5th year.