Mike Leach says non-conference schedules have SEC 'laughing all the way to the bank'
Washington State coach Mike Leach always calls things like he sees them and has never been shy about sharing controversial opinions.
However, at Pac-12 Media Days on Thursday, he became only the latest college football figure to criticize the SEC for its seemingly weak non-conference scheduling.
It’s a topic that has gotten plenty of action in recent years.
According to AL.com, Leach was asked about particularly about the non-conference games most SEC teams schedule in November as a sort of pseudo-bye week before a big rivalry game.
Leach said he actually thinks people should lay off the SEC and perhaps even follow in their footsteps:
“I think it’s very smart by the SEC, and I think it’s a lesson we can learn from the SEC,” he said. “I think there is a lot of kind of figurative muscle flexing that goes on with regard to how many conference games and who plays who and who they play non-conference, and all this chest beating is kind of — quite overrated.
I think it’s important to win your conference. I think as a result of that, I think the SEC laughs all the way to the bank. And I think other conferences would be able to laugh a little louder if we learned some of those things.”
This year, for example, Alabama has a bye week before a big matchup against LSU and plays host to Mercer the week before the Iron Bowl against Auburn.
Leach’s Cougars, on the other hand, have a bye before their Apple Cup rivalry against Washington, but play only Pac-12 teams from Week 5 on.