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Old 12-08-2004   #29
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"offensive minded"?

"From 1989 to 1991 Leach served as offensive coordinator and line coach for an offense that led the NAIA in passing yardage one season and finished second the other two. Iowa Wesleyan passed for more than 11,000 yards in Leach's three seasons and broke 26 national records.
Named 1996 Division II Offensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Quarterly magazine, Leach helped lead Valdosta State to a 40-17-1 record. The 1993 Blazer offense smashed 66 school records, 22 conference records and seven national records. In 1994, Valdosta State advanced to the Division II playoffs with Leach's offense shattering 80 school records, 35 conference records and seven more national marks.
For two years at Kentucky, Leach coached the Kentucky "Air Raid" offense that was one of the most explosive in Southeastern Conference history. Under Leach, the Kentucky offense set six NCAA records, 41 Southeastern Conference records and 116 school records in 22 games. Kentucky's offense produced more than 500 yards of total offense in seven separate games, including a school-record 801 against Louisville.
Leach's Kentucky offense featured the talented Couch, who passed for 4,275 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior. Kentucky receiver Craig Yeast ended the 1998 season as the top receiver in the SEC with 85 receptions for 1,311 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Prior to coming on board at Texas Tech, Leach, in just one season at Oklahoma, directed a Sooner offense that went from the worst in the Big 12 Conference to the best. OU's total offense numbers improved from 293.3 in 1998 to 427.2 yards per game in 1999, rising from 101st in the nation in total offense to 11th. Under Leach's tutelage, Heupel was named 1999 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. For his efforts, Leach was nominated for the 1999 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country.
The rise in passing and scoring offense categories is just as impressive. Oklahoma went from last to first in the Big 12 in passing offense in one year, from 107th in the country to ninth. Under Leach, the Sooners improved from 109.9 yards passing per game to 321.7 yards per game. In 1998, Oklahoma was last in the Big 12 and 101st in the country in scoring offense at 16.7 points per game. In 1999, the Sooners improved to second in the league and eighth in the country in scoring at 36.8 points per game, an increase of just over 20 points per game.
Under Leach, the Oklahoma offense set six Big 12 Conference and 17 OU records. The Sooners were one of only two schools in the nation to have six players with 20 or more receptions in 1999.
Mike Leach continues to transform the face of Red Raider football with an all-out aerial assault that has propelled the program into the national spotlight in the last four seasons.
Leading one of the most prolific passing offenses in the country, Leach, who also serves as Tech's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, spreads the field with his exciting brand of football and has established himself as one of the top offensive coaches in the country. Leach's offense produced school records in nearly every passing category in 2000, but surpassed those numbers in each of the last three seasons. His four teams have combined for 108 individual and 47 team records at Tech.
Last season, the Red Raiders won the NCAA Passing and Total Offense titles and led the nation in completions and attempts. Heisman Trophy candidate and quarterback B.J. Symons capped off his senior season with an NCAA Passing Championship and an NCAA single-season record 5,833 passing yards. A year earlier, current New Orleans Saint and former New England Patriots assisstant OC Kliff Kingsbury finished his senior campaign ranked in total offense (2nd), completions (1st), attempts (1st) and passing touchdowns (1st). The record-setting quarterback also set 17 NCAA records during his career and tied three other marks.
The Red Raiders have improved their total offensive numbers from 324.8 yards per game to 582.8 yards per game since Leach's arrival, including an increase of nearly 100 yards per game from 2002. The last four seasons rank one, two, three and four all-time at Tech in total offense, while scoring went from 23 points per game in 1999 to 42.5 points last season. The most significant increase came in the passing game, where the Red Raiders averaged 475.3 yards per game in 2003 compared to 175.4 yards in 1999."

He went crazy? Something like that? Worse or better?
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