Time to bring Mike Leach to Stillwater?

Berry Tramel: If Oklahoma State needs a new offensive coordinator, why not hire a man who knows the scheme: Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 15, 2010 at 10:10 am •  Published: December 14, 2010

Leach is no idiot. Eccentric, but no idiot. He knows OSU is Tailback U. Knows the Cowboys have a ground-game culture, even in 2010. Leach likes his offense, but he likes the end zone more.

Strategy could be worked out. But what about attitude?

Leach was fired from Tech because he had little interest in getting along with his bosses. The Adam James-in-a-shed scandal was subterfuge for the Tech brass, which was looking for any way to fire Leach without having to pay up.

Prediction: Leach will win his lawsuit against Tech. But winning over prospective employers will be more difficult.

Which is where OSU comes in. Come to Stillwater, show subordination to Gundy (and Holder, and Burns Hargis, and Boone Pickens), and Leach will be seen in a new light. Humble. Contrite. Willing to change. Willing to get along, with bosses and players alike.

And Gundy's the perfect man for the job. Secure enough in his own skin to hire a guy who four months ago some misguided souls wanted to bring in as head coach.

Gundy twice has handed over complete control to a new offensive coordinator (Larry Fedora, Holgorsen), to the point that Gundy turned student and sought to learn the offense like a novice.

What a bold move hiring Leach would be. It's understood that Leach would be a short-term solution; hard to imagine him lasting more than one year. If the OSU offense again piled up 500 yards and 45 points a game — and why wouldn't it? — Leach would be plucked away for a plum job.

By then, perhaps Gundy would have in place an anointed assistant ready to take over the Leach/Holgorsen offense.

And think of the excitement Leach would bring. With players, with fans, with media. Even with merchants, who would be assured of no Thursday night home games, since not even ESPN would bring Craig James (Adam's dad) to town for that throwdown.

If Weeden and Blackmon return to OSU, the Cowboys will be loaded for 2011. Put Leach into that mix, and watch Big 12 defensive coordinators go screaming into the night.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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