Leach checks in at No. 7 in creating controversy

May, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is well-known in the Big 12's area for instigating drama.

Whether he's calling out Stephen McGee, Texas A&M coaches or Big 12 referees or taking Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini to task, Leach's controversy-creating skills are legendary well past the borders of the Llano Estacado.

And it received a little national attention when Matt Humphrey of the Orlando Sentinel's College Gridiron 365 blog named him as the No. 7 coach nationally in creating controversy.

Here's what Humphrey had to say about Leach in his ranking:

"This pirate-loving coach gives crazy dating advice and has no trouble mouthing off from his perch in West Texas. One has to wonder if this guy is playing with a full deck."

Texas coach Mack Brown at No. 8 and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy at No. 9 are the only other Big 12 coaches ranked in the top 10 poll.

Here's what Humphrey had to say about Brown:

"Don't be fooled by the Texas coach's good-natured attitude - he's successfully outmaneuvered other teams for BCS bowl bids, has no shame always pushing his team for national championship game appearances even if they don't deserve it and completely changed the recruiting calendar by locking in all his classes by June."

And about Gundy, Humphrey said this:

"He's a man! He's 40! Or at least he was when he berated Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson in 2007. This video never gets old."

Considering the newspaper's circulation area, the list is heavily skewed with SEC coaches. But with the fun that Lane Kiffin has injected in that conference, it might be deserved.

I'm guessing that Bo Pelini is only a couple of big national victories or another sideline eruption away from making a list like this in the near future.

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