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Mike Leach wonders if Pac-12 pulled plug too soon

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Mike Leach is no stranger to the Pac-12 and no stranger to offering up candid quotes.

The coach has always been one to speak his mind, never holding back when called upon.

Now that he is in SEC country, that's no different.

After eights seasons as head coach of the Washington State Cougars, Leach left to take the head coaching job with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The SEC, well, they're playing football, with the Bulldogs scheduled to open the season against LSU on September 26th.

As for his former employer, they continue to wait and see if they will play at all as the Pac-12 decided to suspend its football season.

There are rumors that could change soon, but at the moment the conference sits idle while schools across the country are hitting the gridiron.

Did the Pac-12 jump to a decision too quickly? Leach thinks so.

Leach was a guest on the Paul Finebaum Show on Monday, where he gave his take on what is going on with the Pac-12.

"I think it’s very sad for those teams," said Leach.. "There’s a lot of great dedicated players and coaches that all would very much like to play. If they can, they need to be given that opportunity. I think a lot of times you get a lot of administrators in the room, and it becomes very bureaucratic and I’m not sure they didn’t pull the plug too soon. When you consider around the world, nearly every sport is playing, every one of them. Europe and all the rest. I think about those coaches, those players, those fans. It’s real easy to say ‘let’s not because we’ll be less scrutinized if we do it one way instead of the other.’ But there’s a lot of people sacrificing an awful lot to not play this year over there."

 

Rumors are running rampant that the Pac-12 could start up in mid-November, but even then they would be months behind their counterparts across the country.

While it's easy to see what the Pac-12 is doing in taking the safe, cautious approach, Leach does have a point.

Sports have returned all around the world, mostly in empty venues. While here in the United States and Canada the NWSL, NHL, MLS, MLB, NBA, WNBA, and most recently the NFL have successfully returned to the field of play.

Yet, the Big Ten and Pac-12 remain on the sideline.

Even that could change soon, as reports are indicating that the Big Ten could make an announcement about a return to play as soon as Tuesday night.

Could the Pac-12 follow?