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Mike Leach got the time he needed

Sometimes a football team just needs some more time added to the equation

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Football is a hard sport to have a strong rooting interest in. Season's are a small sample size and with that, a lot of variance is in play. Over at the mothership Spencer Hall wrote an excellent article about how it isn't always adjustments that turn a team around, all it could need is time.

The Cougs have executed an awesome, unforeseen, turnaround this year but what's changed since 2014? According to Mike Leach in that article, "we didn't change anything, we just executed better."

This may not be the satisfying answer that people want to hear, Leach didn't suddenly discover the secret to winning Pac-12 games. But, it is similar to the rhetoric he iterates weekly when talking to the media. Rarely will you ever hear the Cougar Head Coach talk about gameplan adjustments from week to week. He's too busy dismissing excuses and calling on his players to execute better.

This is typical coach speak that you can hear on any college campus, but it has a ring of truth. The rumors of the offense going under center on 25% of plays haven't been true and the playbook looks very similar to what it did last season. The difference is that they've executed better, and been more effective.

Football seasons consisting of 13 games ensures that luck will be a big factor every year. Last season the Cougs were on the wrong end of that, and this season it has flipped. Pair that luck with better execution on both sides of the ball and you have a turnaround.

Leach has faith in how he coaches and this year, like when he was down in Lubbock, it has propelled his team to a bowl game. This season has made the case to let the mad scientist repeat his experiment in the lab until he gets it right.

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