The Untold Story of Mike Leach’s “Lost” Playscript


This story mentions Carl Reece. He was an assistant at Miami, no?

Long love the Pirate :pirate_flag:

I wondered about that.

“The Pirate” died this morning. RIP

Reese was the DC at Texas under Mack Brown from 1998-2003. He came out of retirement in 2009 and served as Haywood’s DC at Miami.


RIP Mike Leach.


I’d heard that he only ever ran the same 15-20 plays, but made them work through colossal amounts of practice on execution. Consider that most OC’s have many times that amount. Maybe he was onto something…His w/l record would indicate he in fact was.

His coaching tree is ridiculous. There are 15 guys (so far) who were assistants or players under Mike Leach who went on to become D1 head coaches:

Kliff Kingsbury
Lincoln Riley
Josh Heupel
Sonny Dykes
Dave Aranda
Dana Holgorsen
Art Briles
Neal Brown
Sonny Cumbie
Ruffin McNeil
Seth Littrell
Eric Morris
Greg McMackin
Ken Wilson
Jeff Choate

Not to mention the massive number of coordinators who worked/played under him and second degree coaches who studied under guys who originally learned the system from Leach.

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There was way more to Mike Leach than I realized. This is a good read. It is labeled an obituary, but it is more of an appreciation: