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Mike Leach: Friday is for high school football in Texas

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 4 days ago Joseph Duarte
Mike Leach wearing a hat: Mike Leach, the Washington State coach, says Friday's should be reserved for high school football in the state of Texas. His team plays UH on Friday at NRG. © Icon Sports Wire/Corbis Via Getty Images

Mike Leach, the Washington State coach, says Friday's should be reserved for high school football in the state of Texas. His team plays UH on Friday at NRG.

Friday nights in the fall are sacred for Texas high school football, and Mike Leach tends to agree.

But with television serving as an influencer for kickoff dates and times, it has not been uncommon for college games to be played on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and even Sunday.

Houston will play at least one game on each of those days this season, including Friday's AdvoCare Texas Kickoff against No. 20 Washington State at NRG Stadium.

"I'm sort of with Texas on this, Texas has always kind of reserved Friday night games because they think it impinges on high school games," said Leach, the head coach at Washington State who spent nearly a decade at Texas Tech. "Their thought is, 'College, you have Saturdays, so why are you playing on Fridays, and high schools deserve Fridays.' They have a point there that I respect to a certain degree."

The game was originally scheduled for a day later on a Saturday at UH's on-campus, TDECU Stadium, before the switch last October.

"I'd rather this game be on Saturday and be in our stadium, but there's nothing I can do about it," UH coach Dana Holgorsen said Wednesday during an appearance on 97.5 FM.

Holgorsen said he is a fan of neutral site games, and that there have been talks about moving some UH games "in the future" to NRG Stadium. But while the Cougars traded a home game for a nearly $2 million payout and prime-time TV slot, next year's return game against Washington State will be held in Pullman.

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