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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Mike Leach blasts Congress for BCS involvement

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach ripped Washington lawmakers for becoming involved in plans to try to alter the Bowl Championship Series.  

Leach was involved in an extensive question-and-answer session with Bitter Lawyer, a Web site dedicated to reporting about attorneys who have pursued unusual non-legal careers.

In the interview, Leach said he believed that the Congress had no business being involved in rectifying college football.

The Texas Tech coach had an interesting take on the current BCS controversy that has attracted the attention of Washington lawmakers.

"I like a playoff system. But as for Congress, I think it's really irresponsible for the government to waste taxpayer dollars on something like this, especially when there's so much else going on," Leach said. "That takes a lot of audacity, and I think there are other things Congress should concern itself with."

Leach, who graduated from Pepperdine's Law School, took Texas Tech to a share of its first division championship last season. He won out in a high-stakes power game over his contract with Texas Tech officials, earning a new $12.7 million, five-year extension after last season.

There have been laudatory profiles on "60 Minutes." I'm still waiting for what I would think would be Leach's ultimate coup if he could pull off an appearance on his good friend Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice television show. I'd love to see what Leach could conjure up if he was faced with the task of selling more hot dogs than the other Apprentice team. And I'm guessing that Joan Rivers would be no match for Leach's wiles if they were ever pitted against each other.

But the interview with Bitter Lawyer (hat tip to Double T Nation.com) showcased Leach in all of his quirkiness.

Leach said he decided to study law while in middle school.

"I don't know if there was a good reason for why I thought that. I just got it in my head when I was in seventh grade. But I guess you could say that was a little illogical, because nobody in my family was a lawyer. In fact, my dad hated lawyers, so it's not like I was raised to be one."

Leach detailed the reason he decided a law career wasn't something he wanted to pursue while he was in the middle of law school.

"I always figured that I would [eventually practice]. But it was midway through law school when I thought I wanted to do something different before practicing. I wanted to try something new because I didn't want to have any regrets."

Or why he decided to go into coaching.

"Well, at the time I graduated, I was broke and I had a wife, a child and about $40,000 in [law school] loans. So, I thought I would just give coaching a try, and the way that I would do that was get my masters degree and work as an assistant coach. I started at Cal Poly as an assistant offensive line coach."

Leach also offered his unique take on advising other attorneys to be ready to try other non-traditional activities with their degree.

"It's really hard to do something and then to change paths. I struggled for a long time to sort out what I wanted to do. The wondering is the hardest part. I really struggled there. There was a quote I found on a Starbucks cup that said something like, 'Do something you love.' I don't know exactly how the quote went, but the idea was that you need to do the thing you love over and over again, and eventually you figure out a way to get paid for it. My advice is to find that passion and do it. But I know that can be such a struggle.

It's another interesting glimpse of Texas Tech's coach.

I've known Leach for more than 10 years and interviewed him on countless occasions. But just when I think there can't something new I can't learn about him, I see another interview that shows another side of his unique personality.