Eugene Doesn't Hold a Candle to Boulder, Jim Leavitt Says
Jim Leavitt was diplomatic about it, but when you talk about people's cities, they're gonna get mad.
"CU has everything to sell. It’s the most beautiful place," he told the Denver Post. "People say Eugene is like Boulder. They’re out of their minds. It’s not even close. Boulder is so picturesque. The sun comes out, and it doesn’t come out in Eugene, it rains the whole time. It’s not a knock on the (Oregon) people, (but) they’re not even close."
The context, here, was that Leavitt -- who left Oregon in February -- was saying why Colorado should be a regular contender in the Pac-12.
And that makes sense. But yet it doesn't seem to work out that way in college sports very often. If location mattered in recruiting the way it does in real estate, schools like Hawaii, San Diego, and Colorado State would actually be good. Instead, players traditionally have been more likely to wind up in Lincoln, Neb., South Bend, Ind., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Norman, Okla.
So Leavitt is right, but still kind of wrong. The only thing that ever really gets players is winning.