Mike Leach was a revelation for college football, which is historically filled with rigid individuals. Leach was the opposite. He provided color to the sport and was equally effective as a coach and entertainer. Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart, among countless others, paid their respects to one of the most interesting men in the world of sports.
RIP to a man who changed this game and so many lives within it. pic.twitter.com/q4w2gDOJO0
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) December 13, 2022
Leach was a revolutionary mind in football, bringing the spread offense to the mainstream. His impact shows up in the NFL and in college, but Kirby Smart believes Mike Leach’s most significant impact can be seen at the high school level.
Kirby Smart says the biggest impact of Mike Leach may be seen at the high school level:
"What you don't see is the trickle-down effect. When we go see high school offenses, the elements on his system are pervasive. .. It changed the game."
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) December 14, 2022
The coaching tree of Leach is impressive (and lengthy):
- Dave Aranda: Baylor (2020-present)
- Art Briles: Houston (2003-2007), Baylor (2008-2015)
- Jeff Choate: Montana State (2016-2020)
- Sonny Dykes: Louisiana Tech (2010-2012), California (2013–2016), SMU (2018–2021), TCU (2022–present)
- Greg McMackin: Hawaii (2008-2011)
- Ruffin McNeill: East Carolina (2010-2015)
- Dana Holgorsen: West Virginia (2011–2018), Houston (2019-present)
- Seth Littrell: North Texas (2016-2022)
- Lincoln Riley: Oklahoma (2017-2021), USC (2022–present)
- Ken Wilson: Nevada (2022-present)
The world will miss Mike Leach — the man, the myth, the legend. We give our condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time.
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