This Sunday on E:60 Jeremy Schaap spends time with one of the most unique personalities in college football, Washington State head coach Mike Leach.
“Leach is one of the most successful coaches in college football. He’s been a winner at two places where it’s not always easy to compete,” said Schaap. “More than that, he’s a character — he’s outspoken and he’s controversial which is what makes him the ideal subject for a profile.”
In order to fully understand Leach, Schaap traveled to Wyoming, Pullman, Wa., (home of WSU) and Key West, Fla., for Sunday’s E:60.
Schaap (a history buff himself) said Leach’s interest in history is something that appealed to him.
“When I went to see him in Wyoming, I was hoping to visit the Little Big Horn Memorial in Montana, which is only a couple of hours away,” he said. “Sadly, we didn’t make it there. But in Key West we talked a lot about pirates, another one of Leach’s favorite subjects.”
Despite his passion for pirates, history and Geronimo, Leach isn’t just a fun, lighthearted guy. Schaap said he’s had his fair share of controversies and he was more than willing to discuss them.
“Leach did say some interesting things — about football and life. He has an outsider’s perspective, I think that comes from living in so many different places when he was young,” Schaap said. “He’s also just different. Unlike most of his fellow football coaches, he’s got a law degree, he didn’t play college football and he’s written a biography of Geronimo.”
E:60 airs Sunday, July 21 at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.