Mississippi State has two pretty looking quarterbacks.— Mike Leach
The most tempting Mike Leach quotes that will activate your inner potential
No one wants police brutality. No one wants inequality. But what I worry about it is when a protest becomes so large and the noise takes over that the original motivation for the protest and the conversation that should go with that protest gets lost.
At an unusually young age, I read 'Instant Replay' by Jerry Kramer, which talked a lot about the Green Bay Packers and Vince Lombardi. From there I was really more a fan of coaches than teams and players.
Freedom of speech should be wide open as long as it doesn't incite violence.
Nothing has done more to bring people of different races and different backgrounds together than athletics, certainly more than politicians have done. It's why the Greeks invented the Olympics.
I just go to work every day, spend hours in the film room, go to practice, go home and then do it all again the next day. I know I can be boring and I sound like a walking cliche but I really do just try to get our team ready to win a game on Saturday. That's pretty much my life.
I think there is a difference between being critical of plays and being critical of players and coaches.
I'd like to think I am a good coach but I've called bad plays.
I've coached bad practices. I've made bad substitution choices.
I think the legal profession is getting somewhat corrupted.
When it comes to lawyers, I think it's kind of a Catch-22. On one hand, there's so much process, procedure and mess caused by the legal profession. But on the other hand, the only way to sort through all that process, procedure and mess is through the legal profession.
Even in Texas, there's a lot of people who've never been to Lubbock.
When I was at Tech, no public school was ahead of us in graduation rates.
We got our guys to compete in the classroom, and if they're competing in class and in football, that's an attitude they take into life.
My favorite weather pattern happens to be when it rains mud.
Dust comes through. Rain on top of it. It rains mud.
My life's pretty simple. Look at hours and hours of film to try to find some things that will work on Saturday. Try to have a good practice every day. Use the offseason to recruit and build the culture of the locker room. That's my deal.
Atlanta might have snow and Macon might have good weather, and they're not really far apart. But there's a period of time in the year where the gnats get all over your face and they bite you. And the Macon crowd, it's funny, but they can sit there like nothing's happening and there can be gnats just biting the hell out of your face.
ESPN wants to scrutinize everyone, but if they're scrutinized, they run and hide.
There's a very public quality to coaching.
I ought to have Mike's Pirate School.
The freshmen, all they get is the bandanna. When you're a senior, you get the sword and skull and crossbones. For homework, we'll work pirate maneuvers and stuff like that.
I keep my guns on one part of the house totally locked up, and I keep the ammunition in another part of the house.
If you get into a fight, don't take your helmet off.
We're looking for smart football players, not dumb ones.
My fondest part of college was the interaction and everything I did with my fellow students.
I have a limited knowledge of the Internet, which is pretty clear, I don't even turn anything on other than my phone, when it gets stuck, my kids turn it on.
Anytime you're trying to set a course, there's gonna be decisions made, and you have to weigh all options, and then in the end you come up with the best course.
I listen a lot to Howard Stern. Not the show, the interviews. He has a separate podcast of just interviews. They're fantastic.
I've actually seen guys who I considered relatively stupid college coaches, then go to the NFL, and sanctimoniously think they understand that something the rest of us couldn't perceive. They're an idiot before, they're an idiot now, and they'll be an idiot afterwords. It's mind-numbing.
You're gaining more than you're losing in a small town.
I don't know everybody's view on due process, but I do have an opinion on what the Constitution says, what the Pledge of Allegiance implies, what sixth- and seventh-graders are taught in civics classes, and I think it is that you're going to have the opportunity to be heard.
I don't think they necessarily do nearly as much haunting as people think.
If you believe in the Bible, pretty much part of the deal that goes with it is ghosts.
When you have five skill positions, if all five of them are contributing to the offensive effort, then that's balanced.
Everybody says marriage is 'til death do you part - and I've been married 29 years - but a book is really 'til death do you part. Once you write it, it's out there.
I've never had a dumb quarterback. I think if you're dumb, it's difficult to overcome.
In golf, you keep trying to score well when you're ahead.
In basketball, they don't quit shooting when they're ahead. In hockey, they don't quit shooting the puck when they're ahead. And in boxing, you don't quit punching when you're ahead. But in football, somehow magically, you're supposed to quit playing when you're ahead.
I bordered on great in dodge ball.
There's some teams - the Cubs are one of them - where there's just too many fans.
Oh I've never liked candy corn, I think it's just awful - I think candy corn's awful.
LSU would be a good place to stand during a lightning storm.
I'm not a beat around the bush kind of guy.
As a head coach, you're on two lists.
You're the guy that might get fired, or you're the guy who might go somewhere.
I do have a Viking axe by the bed if I need to whack someone.
.. My wife bought me a Viking axe - the axe side curls down so you can grab the adversary around the neck and you can use it to climb walls, as a grappling hook.
Somebody said that in passing, you know, 'I hate cats.
' You know, somebody really hates cats, and I've never figured that one out. And credit to cats - the ability to generate that much animosity, you know.
I feel like Texas high schools, when you consider the melting pot that exists in Texas, do a fairly impressive job. No education process is perfect, but I think that, with plenty of room to improve, they do an admirable job when you compare them to the rest of the field.
I think the most important thing is confidence.
A lot of people think they're confident, but if you think about it, most people aren't.
I don't know how good mountain lions do in captivity. I'm curious.
It's a good idea to shave for TV games.
Those that have a voice have to speak for those of us who are silenced.
I know that in Ames, Iowa, they fancy themselves being experts on the wind, but in Lubbock, Texas, we'll put our wind up against your wind in Iowa.
Tracked a raccoon one time in the snow.
I was in the neighborhood and I was just curious where this raccoon lived. There's some fresh raccoon tracks. He'd been digging at somebody's garbage.
If you go to any elementary school classroom in Texas, some kids in there are going to be named either Austin, Dallas or Houston.
When Washington State has been good, they've always had a connection to Southern California. You know, as far as visiting, that's different than recruiting. Recruiting is based on production and players, who you can get. You know, so, the nicest parts of Southern California aren't necessarily the best players.
When the Egyptians were building the pyramids or the Romans were building roads, or you had the westward push with the railroads, I don't think that the guys on the ground were spending a lot of time thinking, 'Hey, hundreds or thousands of years from now they will look back at the brick I have just laid down here and say that I changed the world!'
When things were really rolling at Texas Tech, I was a part of something bigger than myself, bigger than football.