With Leach on the wagon, and on the beach, Dana Holgersen has to be the most refreshingly candid head coach working today. Well, except for the OBC.
Here he discusses how he game plans -- and makes clear that if he has the choice between staying up all night staring at tape, or maybe playing a few hands at a convenient casino, it's time for some blackjack.
The money quote, however, is just the latest encomium thrown Norm's way. Remember, Holgersen is the most prolific OC of the past 10 years. Quote:
"But there have been occasions during his coaching career when good defense simply shut down good offense. He's quick to point out the 2001 Alamo Bowl when he was an assistant at Texas Tech and the Red Raiders played Iowa. Tech had another of those high-powered offenses with Kliff Kingsbury at quarterback.
"'They were really good and they've always had a really good defense. And you can turn on their tape right now and it's the same defense it was back in 2001,'' Holgorsen said. "They were just as bland as you can possibly be - 4-3, cover four. And that's all they did every dang snap. And they whipped us.''
"Tech scored one touchdown and lost 19-16 on a last-second field goal."
"There's a whole bunch of good defenses out there,'' Holgorsen said. "It's all about what they believe in and what they feel like they can execute.''