The average college football coach probably doesn’t spend his time receiving advice from the school janitor, but then again, Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach is not your average football coach.
In a recent interview on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly, Leach discussed his unconventional means of talking football with outsiders to gain another perspective.
“I’m one of those guys that, football-wise, I’m thinking about it all the time. I might ask the janitor or whoever’s just in the hall. They might throw something out like, ‘Your linemen are playing real high.’ All of a sudden, I’ll get conscious of it. Once in a while, they’re right. Once in a while, it drags my attention to something that needs to be addressed. As a coach, you’re always too close to it and may not see everything.”
“You get some nonsense, there’s no question. But the nonsense, you have to sift through it quickly. Once in a while, a fresh set of eyes will see something where, in the back of my mind, I’m going, ‘I’m sitting here watching it every day. How did I not see that?’”
So, next time you cross paths with the pirate, don’t hesitate to talk some shop. Who knows, you may just be the reason behind a future coaching decision Leach makes.
[H/T Coaching Search]