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Friday, February 20, 2009
Covering Leach has always been interesting

By staff

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Somewhere, the owners of the seven Starbucks locations in Lubbock are probably breathing a huge collective sigh of relief.

The departure of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, arguably their best customer in the city, would have had drastic effects on their business. And his new $12.7 million, five-year contract likely will leave him with a little spare change to toss around to his favorite baristas in the Hub City.

The coffee shop owners weren't alone. Many reporters similarly were happy to hear that Leach was returning to the Big 12, considering the way he has regularly filled notebooks with pithy quotes and provided some interesting sound bites over the years.

I know. I was there for most of them.

Among his greatest hits and bits have included:  

He's told me about his favorite Sherlock Holmes story, his favorite "Boston Legal" episode and how to best travel through Europe with children.

To say that Leach is unconventional in the coaching world would be a massive understatement. He's always made covering Texas Tech fun because you never knew what to expect.

The new contract means he'll be around for a few more years. There's no telling what Leach will come up with during that time.

And if anything, I bet he doesn't change.