Just when you think there aren’t any more classic Mike Leach stories to tell, along comes a new one ($$).
In addition to helping his boss Hal Mumme set offensive records at Iowa Wesleyan, Leach had proven to be quite adept at his new job, doubling as the school’s SID and spreading the gospel about the Tigers. The 28-year-old Leach even got them mentioned in USA Today several times. The only problem was the school’s Director of Public Relations who oversaw Leach’s job as the SID didn’t appreciate the national attention from USA Today. In her mind, the SID was supposed to write a press release about the game’s outcome, and because this was in the days before email, Leach was to mail that release to the papers around the state. Her system made no sense, Leach thought. The mail wouldn’t go out until Monday and the papers wouldn’t receive it until Tuesday or Wednesday. By the time they got the score, statistics and information on the game, it was no longer relevant. Because the information was so untimely, they wouldn’t write a story.
Leach had a better idea, he says.
He’d call the main newspapers locally with their score from Saturday so that their readers — and Iowa Wesleyan’s recruiting targets — would know how the team did.
The Tigers were breaking all kinds of school records and led the nation in passing.
“I kept reaching out to the USA Today, and soon they began writing about us,” Leach said. “Well, someone tells her that her school is in the USA Today and she gets all flustered. She calls me screaming: ‘How dare you contact the USA Today?’
“Mike, I know you’ve been talking to other newspapers, and that’s bullshit. I told you that you have to write a press release and mail it out, so that it’s fair for everyone. So everyone gets the information at the same time. It’s not fair to the weekly newspapers. I know for a fact there was an article in the USA Today about Iowa Wesleyan.”
That manages to explain so much about Leach as well as the kind of people embedded in college athletics administration.
I had no idea he created the term “Air-Raid”, either.
Go ahead and get you some.
- Pete Fiutak’s succinct description of this year’s Georgia Tech offense: “Square peg, meet round hole.” (Although he does predict a six-win season for the Jackets, which, should it happen, should vault Collins into serious consideration for ACC Coach of the Year.)
- I know folks try to make hay about Nick Saban’s age on the recruiting trail, but he sure sounds credible denying he’s ready to retire.
- Here’s a list ranking ACC schedules by difficulty, and, no, Clemson’s isn’t the easiest.
- Kirby Smart, on last year’s team’s mentality: “Players are taking ownership, which we didn’t have as much of that last year at this time. There was a lot more entitlement.”
- Mike Leach’s class wrapped up, with a final assignment to design three plays, under the premise that he might use one of them in Washington State’s game next season against Houston. He reviews five of those here.
- Details from Rush Propst’s personnel file ain’t pretty.
- Good point from Groo: “What stands out among this smaller senior class is that a good chunk of them are defensive linemen. Georgia returns six seniors along the DL next year…”
- North Carolina and Wake Forest have scheduled a non-conference home-and-home series. That’s got to be cheaper than what cupcakes are demanding these days.
- C’mon. You know you want to read a StingTalk thread entitled “Why do we hate them?”.
Sure, Mike Leach is a strange dude, but strange enough to actively torpedo the draft prospects of one of his players?
Morsels and nuggets, just for you:
- Zamir White’s teammates are waiting for him.
- “According to the “Madness, Inc.” report, $986 million is spent annually on student-athlete scholarships at these schools to support 45,000 student athletes. That ends up being just under $22,000 per student. By comparison, approximately $1.2 billion is spent annually on coaches’ salaries to pay just 4,400 coaches. That averages out to about $273,000 per coach per year.”
- In addition to (allegedly) murdering several hookers, Ted Cruz is accused of doing the same to Texas Tech’s national championship dreams.
- Robert Beal was back at practice yesterday, so running those stadium steps must have paid off.
- Another state looks at a bill allowing for student-athlete compensation.
- Alabama and Oklahoma have scheduled a home and home for… 2032 and 2033.
- There’s only one class in America like this: “The conversation started with a question about using plays suggested by prison inmates and quickly shifted to a Valdosta State custodian named Big John who once offered a helpful tip for the school’s offensive linemen.”
- Just curious — how much of a say-so do you think Fulmer had in the hire of Tee Martin?
- Somebody obviously doesn’t pay attention to who’s in the stands for those cupcake games: “(G-Day) is awesome,” quarterback Jake Fromm said. “It’s really better than a home game because you have only your fans there…”
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.”
A few nibbles here, a few nibbles there, and pretty soon you’ve got a full buffet.
Mike Leach, on dodging sideline reporters at halftime:
LOL. Of course, there’s an obvious consequence for tipping your hand by going public with your tactics.
Back to you, guys!