Kirby Smart talks about Mike Leach’s greatest impact on football

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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.

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.

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.

Photographer: Jeff Moreland/Icon Sportswire
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