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Sep 6, 2023Liked by John Canzano

What a great article ! We loved Coach Leach and the impact he had on WSU Football. We’ve also had the privilege of meeting Wade as he reached out to my daughter when she was diagnosed with cancer. Because of Wade, he arranged for Coach Leach to call my daughter and to say it made her day would be an understatement ! A conversation she will treasure forever. We will be there Saturday and will probably shed a few tears as we celebrate Coach !

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Absolutely loved it when he came on the Bald Face Truth. Much respect from this ADHD person to him 😊. He didn’t break the mold, he just made a new one every few minutes.

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by John Canzano

We have a great coach at WSU now in Dickert, but dang it I miss Mike Leach. He was absolutely one of a kind that we'll never see again.

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Great article John. Yes, in a culture fixated on sports, there are many things more interesting. As you have highlighted many times there are also great stories inside sports, often ignored. You do a great job of spotlighting them. Thanks

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by John Canzano

“That’s just genetic superiority!”

Man, I miss this coach. He is the only football coach in my 71 years whose every word I listened to—carefully! Thanks for such a great tribute, John. Grateful!

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Mike Leach seemed to have the rare gift of being able to find the common threads of seemingly unrelated events and he wove them into an enticing fabric. Few people can take the rote & mundane and find a way to make it interesting. Larry David did it with Seinfeld & does it with Curb Your Enthusiasm. Mike Leach could do it with stories of dog walks & road trips.

Maybe Leach knew so much about football that it bored him & therefore it didn't warrant his spending his leisure time talking about.

Regardless, we will miss his musings. Thanks for the Bubba story...

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Great story, played ball with Wade in College. No surprise these two found each other... Good people.

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by John Canzano

As a Coug I had the opportunity to hangout and talk and golf with Coach Leach. Well, we didn't really talk...I mostly listened as he talked about any and everything. Man he was so funny and very curious. Man, I miss that dude! Thanks Mike and GO COUGS!

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by John Canzano

so sweet, John, such a good take on a wonderful, eclectic man and coach and friend of many...

good on you, brother to hold him up...sad that he is gone...Dan in Bend

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Lost way too early. I miss the man. The first time I met him as at a donor event, when he first started, and he started rambling about "vampires" on this side of the state (in reference to the Twilight movie and Forks).

I would love to hear Leach's rant on what's going on with college football and more importantly WSU.

Leach undoubtedly would not be happy and frankly is the kind of person that would get on the phone with the Big-12 and say, you need to get them in that conference.

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My takeaway from him was though he did his job well, he never seemed to take himself--or CFB--too seriously. He always had ways to disarm all of us, even other coaches, by these quirky anecdotes and keeping us from drilling down on a sport played by kids and meant for fun. Yes, some of it probably was self-protection but it also protected us fans from taking ourselves too serious, too. I guess I'm saying he was able to maintain perspective--in that job, quite an accomplishment.

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Thank you JC. The words are a soothing balm and I feel like I just left the spa. I never get tired reading about one of the worlds most interesting persons.

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I had the pleasure of meeting him once in Key West on Duval Street. I was a little hesitant about approaching him, but figured what the heck. What a guy. He talked to me for a good 10 minutes. I finally had to get rid of HIM so I could meet my wife for dinner. He is missed. Thanks John.

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👍👍👍

Rest in Peace, Pirate. And Wazzu, come Saturday make Bucky Badger walk the plank!

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Loved the article on Mike Leach. You should play some of your old interviews during his walks😀

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Heck yes I'd watch a Mike Leach road trip. No doubt that would be a streaming hit somewhere.

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