Mike Leach: A Perfect Fit in Austin, Texas

Matt HohnerContributor IJanuary 6, 2010

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Head coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders coaches from the sidelines during the game against  the Texas Longhorns on November 1, 2008 at Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Wouldn’t it be interesting if former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, “The Mad Scientist,” joined Mack Brown and company at Texas?

My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Current Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis isn’t going anywhere, but I can’t help but dream of a coaching trio composed of Mack Brown, Will Muschamp, and Leach on one field.

I think Leach would not only be a great fit for Texas football, but I think Leach has a personality fit for the city of Austin—Laid back, liberal, and easy going.  Leach would enjoy the diverse and progressive city environment, while enjoying the little unusual everyday sightings you see around the city and university.

Look, I probably put the Red Raiders before Oklahoma and Texas A&M on top of my hate list, but I’ve always respected and admired Leach.

His nonchalant attitude towards the game of college football is so intriguing, and to think the guy never padded up and played a down in his life!

Leach not only expects the best out of his team on the gridiron, but in the classroom too. Leach’s teams have some of the highest graduation rates in the nation, an area the Texas football team needs improvement in.

I could just picture Leach drinking his latte from a local Austin coffee shop (Keep Austin Weird) and scoping the scene hours before a kickoff at Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium.

I’ve heard at the Texas student newspaper, “The Daily Texan,” that he is by far the most interesting person to interview. He knows how to work the media and portray him self as the Mike Leach we all perceive him to be: quirky, interesting, and fascinating.  The man gives his own personal phone number to media members! Name me any sport figure that does that!

He’s the type of person that won’t give you a political answer and will give you the answer you want to here.

We saw this during his ESPN interview after his dismissal at Texas Tech, where he wasn’t afraid to voice his own opinion and thoughts about the matter. C’mon, the man is a lawyer!

A part of me thinks he stirred up this whole mess to force Texas Tech to terminate his contract. I mean, who wants to live in Lubbock anyways?

Also stemming from the James controversy, Leach has made known that he won’t be pushed around by anyone. 

Not only does he possess an intellectual football mind with a law degree, but also he has the most unusual and fascinating interests: Geronimo, Daniel Boone, grizzly bears, chimpanzees, whales, pirates, and Waffle Houses.

This gives me the perfect excuse to wear a burnt orange pirate outfit on Saturdays.

What other football coach do you know believes the Waffle House is the greatest restaurant ever?

"No matter where you are, or what time of the day or night you go there," Leach argued, "you can always find sweet ice tea and a jukebox at a Waffle House."

Leach has an uncanny and unique ability to connect with his players. Fittingly, he thinks of his team as a bunch of pirates.

“Pirates function as a team,” Leach said. “There were a lot of castes and classes in England at the time. But with pirates, it didn't matter if you were black, white, rich or poor. The object was to get a treasure. If the captain did a bad job, you could just overthrow him.”

Guess Craig and David James made Leach walk the plank to unemployment.

However, my favorite Leach quote happened after the Red Raiders lost to Texas A&M this season by 22 points.  Who did Leach put the blame on for the defeat?

“As coaches, we failed to make our coaching points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends,” Leach said Monday about his team. “For one thing, their fat little girlfriends are telling them what they want to hear, which is ‘how great you are’ and ‘how easy this is going to be.’"

Everybody loves Mack Brown and is southern comfort approach to football and the school. Fans love Will Muschamp’s chest bumps with his defensive unit and passion he leaves on the field. Greg Davis…I’m sure many fans wouldn’t recognize him if he walked down the Guadalupe. I honestly wouldn’t.

Mike Leach is a recognizable coaching figure that is capable of leaving his imprint on and off the football field. The next team that chooses to hire him, whether its professional or collegiate should enjoy and embrace their new era.


I know I would at Austin.


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