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by Mel Bracht Published: December 26, 2008
” He said, "Hey, all I have in my head is it’s late in the fourth quarter, we’re up 14 points and all I could hear is you guys in the announce booth saying, ‘Don’t go away folks, this is the Holiday Bowl.’”

What kind of challenge does Oregon present for OSU?

Offensive coordinator Chip Kelly, a second-year guy who came from New Hampshire, of all places, really made an impact on the team last season. They would have been playing for the national championship had they had not lost late at Arizona when they lost their starting quarterback, Dennis Dixon. Kelly has taken his offense and he’s put his players in space to win. There’s no doubt that Oklahoma State’s defense is going to be challenged in space again like they were against Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. They are going to have to win the space battles.

Who do you favor in the BCS Championship game?

I think the two hottest teams are playing in the game. It’s a toss-up game. There are two great quarterbacks, so they kind of offset each other. Because of their previous BCS bowl experiences, I think Bob (Stoops) is really focused on having a good run. I think he will be ready. I would probably lean toward Oklahoma in this game.

Do you think Leach plans to stay at Texas Tech after looking at some other coaching jobs?

I think the more Mike looks at other places, what might look good on the front cover isn’t quite as good when you get into it. Auburn is an example. There’s no reason Tommy Tuberville should not be the head football coach at Auburn. You peel back the layers and you’re walking into a hornet’s nest. If you can make $2.5 million to $3 million in Lubbock and be able to do your thing, be yourself, why would you leave? Mike is a pretty smart cat. He likes to walk around with a Starbucks coffee cup in his hand and not have some wisecracker driving down the road blasting him verbally. He’s in a pretty good spot there.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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