Oregon Defensive Coordinator 'Stunned' by Mike Leach

By DJ Byrnes on October 20, 2013 at 11:22a
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From ESPN:

With a lopsided defeat well in hand, the Washington State Cougars had other business to take care of Saturday night against the No. 2 Oregon Ducks.

For their late effort, Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday set a Football Bowl Subdivision record for pass attempts with 89 -- and drew the ire of Duck defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.

Aliotti called it "low class" move by Washington State coach Mike Leach.

"I am kind of stunned he would keep his quarterback and crew in there,'' Aliotti told reporters after the Ducks' 62-38 win, according to The Oregonian. "And still he threw the ball with 20 seconds left. But he did.

I'm stunned by Nick Aliotti's fake outrage. Heaven forbid Washington State keep its starters in to work on their offense.


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Maestro's picture

Stranger than fiction

vacuuming sucks

JKH1232's picture

Well, first off, anyone from Oregon calling someone "Low Class" for "Just running their offense" is pretty funny.  Secondly, how is it low class to keep your starters in when you're losing in a blowout?  I mean, unless you're just so overmanned that the kids are getting hurt, why not leave them in- or does Nick Aliotti think that teams should just give up because Oregon rolled out the helmets?

FLAMikey's picture

I might root for Oregon.....if they played al qaeda.

Scott K's picture

Duck Oregon

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

So Leech is teaching his team to never give up by throwing the ball down in the 4th quarter and Oregon's D-coordinator is upset about that?

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

Dr. House's picture

because their offense didn't get the ball back?

Bolt's picture

Can anyone even confirm if Mike Leach has a running play anywhere in his playbook in the first place??

Nick's picture

Sounds like he is concerned about his "D" stats

Kaceybrown's picture

Look at the pot calling the kettle black... 

DaiTheFlu's picture

I literally Lol'ed when I saw this. How many times over the last few years has Oregon put up 70 against overmatched and outclassed opponenets? Well, I guess "outclassed" isn't the right word.
Either way, screw Oregon. If I were a Wazzu fan (thank God I ain't), I would be happy that my team fought back and played to the finish. What the hell, are the kids supposed to take a knee for thirty minutes because they're down by 30? Unbelievable.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

BROSEPH's picture

If you watched those 70 point Oregon games, you'll see that they almost never throw the second half.  Similar to how Baylor is doing it this season.  They run it up the middle every play and just keep scoring.  Also like OSU did against Florida A&M.  

Poison nuts's picture

I'm mad! They didn't quit & submit to the mighty Ducks! How. Dare. They.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Riggins's picture

Fly that Jolly Roger, Mike! Never change.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Those Oregon uni's are stunningly ugly, no matter the good cause.

rdubs's picture

Honestly I am not sure the "cause" is all that good anymore.  The cause is breast cancer AWARENESS.  At this point I don't think anyone needs to be made aware that this disease exists.  What we need is more research to cure it.  Think about that the next time you consider donating to organizations like Livestrong.  Literally $0 given to Livestrong over the last 10 years have gone to research.  It is all about "awareness."

JakeBuckeye's picture

Dude... A-MEN. I was just thinking this last night...

DefendYoungstown's picture

"F" the D coordinator, its been OK for O to run it up when they want over the past few years. If you don't like it intercept the ball and your O can run the clock out.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

BUCKfutter's picture

Putting up yards and stats late in games when results are already in hand?  Nawwww, Oregon NEVER does that.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

ScarletNGrey01's picture

The criticism essentially is a team who was way behind was trying to score some more right up until the end.  Coaches should be the adults in the room and engage brain before putting foot in mouth.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

bigbadbuck's picture

Im hoping Stanford punches them right in the mouth when they play, then Oregon would have something "real" to bitch about, in the meantime nothing like bringing attention to your team by being a whiny little twit

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

MN Buckeye's picture

I was certain that you got it wrong and that Mike Leach made the idiotic comment. Maybe Aliotti has a role model.

Mike61's picture

Really, what a comment from someone whose team runs up the score on everyone !


BROSEPH's picture

Everyone in here calling out Oregon here obviously doesn't watch their games and just looks at the final score.
They do nothing but run the ball when the game gets out of hand.  They run the play clock down to 0 before snapping the ball.  Even if the second and third stringers are in they are running the ball and using vanilla offense.  If the defense can't stop it, more points will be scored.  There are a few teams that continue to throw while up big, but Oregon is not one of them.  

JKH1232's picture

I'm not calling Oregon out for running up the score.  That said, it's still pretty bass ackwards to put 62 up on the board, then call out the opposing coach for running up the score.  While losing. 

KBonay's picture

For the most-part you are right.  But I distinctly remember during the CAL game Oregon was up 48-3 in the 3rd quarter.  Mariota was still in and was PASSING the ball.  The only reason I could think of as to why he was still in, was that his stats were not 'Heisman-ish' that game.

BenW's picture

You say that but Mariota had 2 TD passes this game in the 2nd half...

Washington - TD pass when up 14 in the 4th. 
Colorado - 2 TD passes in 3rd Q - score was 43-16 at half.
Tennessee - 3rd Q TD pass while up 38. 
UVA- 3rd Q TD pass while up 35. 

southbay's picture

They don't call it the quack attack for nothing.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Straight trash; if it comes down to Bama or FSU vs Oregon, I am pulling for Bama/FSU.

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

buckeyedude's picture

Pepto Bismol. That's what I'm thinkin' when I see those helmets.



Joe Beale's picture

Is this the same guy who claimed OSU was stealing signals during the 2010 Rose Bowl?

BenW's picture

He didn't appear to have any problem with his starting DB returning an INT for a TD in the 4th quarter, did he?

Davep160's picture

Really, since when has a Mike Leach team EVER ran the damn ball.   If you don't want them to throw passes, stop scoring every 20 seconds.   

Maceyko's picture

I thought only Craig James thought Leech is low class?