Mike Leach has never been shy about expressing his opinions on pretty much anything, so it’s not surprising he spoke out about the NCAA transfer rule at SEC Media Days.
Leach, who is entering his second season as head coach at Mississippi State, is not a fan of the current setup. He told reporters today he thinks it’s “too easy” to transfer these days with the NCAA portal and the fact players can have immediate eligibility at their new school.
“There are way too many people in there. There’s a point to where there’s a huge value later on of persevering through adverse situations,” Leach said, via the Clarion-Ledger. “College football deliberately creates adversity because it’s a competitive situation.”
Mississippi State’s Mike Leach talking about transfer portal: “it's too easy to transfer now"
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 21, 2021
Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach: "I think it's too easy to transfer right now. I think people considered their situation more carefully when they had to sit out a year."
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) July 21, 2021
Naturally, Leach’s comments raised some eyebrows, considering he left Washington State for Mississippi State following the 2019 season.
The NCAA originally allowed players to transfer one time without penalty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that rule became permanent this April.
Mike Leach — a man who left Washington St. for Mississippi St. between the 2019 and 2020 college football seasons and went directly from one job to the other — says he thinks it’s too easy to transfer in college football right now with players getting a waiver to play immediately
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) July 21, 2021
Leach is entitled to feel however he feels about the transfer landscape in college sports.
It won’t change the way things are, and we don’t think it will prevent him from bringing in transfers that can benefit his program any time soon.