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Athlon Sports ranks Mike Leach as 26th best coach in college

Where would you rank Leach among the nation's best?

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

There's a lot that you can dislike about Coach Leach. Say what you want to say his stance on politics, his standoffish attitude with the media or his policy on talking about injuries, there is no denying that the man knows how to coach and recruit.

That's probably why Athlon Sports ranked Mike Leach as their 26th top coach in the sport of college football. The site took into account aspects from wins and championship to other factors like how well assistants are paid and program facilities. Taking all this into account, the site put Leach just outside of the top 25.

"Entering his fifth year in Pullman, Leach seems to have Washington State poised to challenge for eight or nine wins on a consistent basis," explains author Steve Lassan. "Leach is one of college football’s top offensive-minded coaches and returns one of the nation’s top quarterbacks for 2016 in Luke Falk."

In case you're curious, the ranking places Leach 4th in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing Davis Shaw (8th overall), Chris Petersen (13th overall), and Kyle Wittingham (22nd overall). And topping the list, to no one's surprise, are Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh.

What do you think? Is 26 too high? Too low? See a coach that is drastically over- or under-rated? Take a look at the full rankings and Let us know.


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