The guys over at EDSBS has a list of the eight most likeable people in D-1 football. Inclusion of Pom Pom notwithstanding, it's a solid list, and it has this blurb on, what we think is one of the prime candidates to emerge as the Ben Howland of UCLA football:Mike Leach If Friedgen is straight from central casting, Mike Leach teleports in from the dork dorm in Real Genius. Mike Leach's life sounds like fiction: a slackerish law student who blew off the prospects a career in the courts to take his mountain of student debt and a new wife to coach men's club football in Finland. Just try making up something more cracked-we'd be damn impressed if you could. That his pass-wacky, playbook-free offense worked is funny; that it won Oklahoma a national championship and got him a head coaching gig at Texas Tech is practically side-splitting. Words fail us when trying to describe the hilarity of the Red Raiders' success in the Big 12,especially last year as they finally beat Oklahoma when the passaholic Leach called a goal line draw to win the game.
Leach's success isn't the only thing that's improbable about him. He'll answer his phone and talk to anyone at anytime, often while waiting at drive throughs at fast food restaurants. He calls in players on Saturdays for three hour lectures on pirates that turn out to be...well, just lectures about pirates. He once said that opposing fans' wives should become "Red Raider slaves" after defeats, and described his favorite part of football as "the violence. Oh yeah, the violence is awesome." Leach is grand cru oddball. We're hoping he stays that way. Can you imagine this guy playing QB under Mike Leach?