LeBlanc could get a good look at just about everyone he was playing, but if he was really eager, he'd travel to Pitt or Villanova or Louisville or somewhere reasonably close and watch in person.
The aforementioned competitive financial concern could come into play again because one school's riches shouldn't embarrass another's and LeBlanc's budget can't rightly give him a privilege another school can't provide.
What if I told you the NCAA previously banned schools from reimbursing coaches for traveling to scout? LeBlanc scouted on his own dime, but now the NCAA is saying that shouldn't be allowed, either.
Even if LeBlanc was allowed to travel to scout, he has to make much longer trips now. He's a member of the Mid-American Conference and only Akron, Kent State and Ohio University are what one might call close.
In the absence of live scouting, there is film, right? Well, MAC schools don't have a refined plan to share game film. The home team burns a DVD on site and hands it to the visitor after the match. The quality is unreliable. WVU and Akron are the only schools that subscribe to the stat and scouting program that can cost up to $15,000.
Good luck getting a good look at a team before a match. LeBlanc must go to extremes, like last year when he subscribed to Northwestern's website service and watched the Wildcats play NIU - and he wasn't reimbursed for that either.
WVU's non-conference schedule is loaded next season and features both teams from last year's championship match. Neither Indiana nor Georgetown is going to give LeBlanc a DVD before playing the Mountaineers. Maybe LeBlanc can find a team he doesn't play, but plays the Hoosiers or the Hoyas before WVU gets its shot. That third-party won't help WVU beat Indiana or Georgetown because the RPI is as important in soccer as it is in basketball.
Seven NCAA sports oppose RWG-11-3-B. The National Soccer Coaches' Association of America is asking every Division I school to submit an override position vote on RWG-11-3-B before next Friday's deadline because "the rationale of the proposal is inaccurate as it assumes that video quality and accessibility are the same for all sports."
Clearly it's not and to reach that equality will cost money. The NSCAA believes "if video quality and accessibility are to be the same for all sports, then significant equipment upgrades will be required, as well as systems implemented for video exchange."
"What they're trying to accomplish is leveling the playing field, but they're actually not leveling the playing field because they're eliminating my ability to watch matches I need to watch because my conference doesn't have the money to have an all-share video plan," LeBlanc said. "The whole thing doesn't make sense."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu. Follow him on Twitter at @mikecasazza.