I don't know about Les being a "recruiter" that would be similar to saying that Mack Brown was a "recruiter". I think both those guys had the benefit and got credit for being in a area of high supply and were able to get their %
The Big 8 and Big12 were always top heavy with Kansas and 1 other team. Those two teams were almost guaranteed L's - Their RPI's made the conference averages much inflated. So maybe the wrong #'s are being looked at.