Ivan Maisel of ESPN sat down with the four new Pac-12 coaches recently to get their thoughts on everything from the recent playoff talk to the rise of 7 on 7 leagues, to the "win within 3 years" mentality of college athletics.
Maisel asked the panel of coaches if they planned on changing their coaching styles to adjust to the win now mentality of football programs across the country and Leach answered by comparing the win now attitude with harvesting a crop, such as corn.
"It's very difficult to gauge somebody based on one year. It's difficult to base someone on two years, I think the cycle needs to be a little longer than that."
"It would be a little bit like your a farmer, and there's a lot of this going on in the NFL right now, you know, there's a lot of farmers in the NFL right now and they throw these seeds in the ground and the corn gets to be about a foot tall and they say 'Well I don't like this corn' and so they yank it out of the ground. So all they're doing really is planting seeds. They're not really harvesting corn, they're planting the seeds."
"I think that anyone that operates with that mentality...I don't think they're going to harvest a whole lot of corn. You can go right down the line of the NFL Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame and there's a whole lot of people in there that if they were yanked out in the first three years they wouldn't be there." Leach explained.
When asked about the recent playoff talks, each coach weighed and when it came around to Jim Mora, he responded by answering, "I don't really have an opinion on it yet...seriously, I'm just worried about practice tomorrow."
The series of round table discussions can be found in its entirety here, but there is plenty more from Leach and some good insight from Rich Rod in the provided clip.