“If we could just think of the coolest, most fun class we wish we could’ve had in college, let’s do that…”

This piece in The Athletic about the first session of Mike Leach’s Insurgent​ Warfare​ and Football Strategy​ class ($$) is worth the price of admission.

Although the most Leach story in it didn’t happen on campus:

Last spring, Leach traveled with a group of Washington State representatives to Cambodia and Laos. While traveling, former state Sen. Michael Baumgartner noticed that there were topics that would randomly pique Leach’s interests to the nth degree.

Treehouses and old movie theaters were two that came up in conversation early. And as the group embarked on a tour of a local floating village, Baumgartner noticed another: Leach was fascinated by the brightness of the locals’ clothes despite the water — waters in which the fishermen wouldn’t fish because it was too contaminated — the people use to clean them.

“He asked so many questions about the laundry,” Baumgartner said.

“It’s kind of amazing because you have the silted soil, and I don’t know how they got the laundry so clean,” Leach added. “It’s pretty brackish water, but it would be hard to get your laundry clean there. I don’t have the details on that.”



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7 responses to ““If we could just think of the coolest, most fun class we wish we could’ve had in college, let’s do that…”

  1. Al

    Leach/Blutarsky 2020


  2. Macallanlover

    The guy spent hours following a raccoon around Pullman, he clearly hears a different drum beat. Almost no way to predict what ringing bell will stimulate him. Definition of eccentric should certainly have his picture nearby.


  3. The other Doug

    The part about AI in CFB is an interesting idea. Kirby better be on the mutha!


  4. Texas Dawg

    If there had been a class on brewing, then my apartment’s kitchen would have been put to much better use.


    • Got Cowdog

      Ahh, a kindred soul. Here is the course schedule for you:

      Introduction to Fermentation 101
      Fermentation and Particle Properties 201
      Advanced Fermentation and Carbonation 202
      Distillation Principles 300 (Lab required)
      Distillation equipment 300 (Lab)
      Advanced Distillation 301
      Jake Leg: Avoidance and Effective Treatments (Elective)

      Applied science for the win…

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      • Texas Dawg

        I participated in a lot of end product testing of the fermentation process at T.K.’s, O’Malley’s and Steverino’s back in the day. Ah the days of $3 pitchers and drink or drown nights.

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