Mike Leach is long gone from the Big 12, but his legacy is flourishing
Art Briles, Baylor
Art Briles was shaking up traditional offense in the Lone Star State's high school ranks in the 1990s with a unique spread passing attack, so he's not exactly a pupil of Mike Leach's Air Raid like others on this list. Leach did give Briles his first college job as Texas Tech's running backs coach in 2000. Three years later, Briles became head coach at Houston, his alma mater, and began exploding scoreboards. Entering his eighth season at Baylor, Briles has transformed the one-time doormat into a playoff contender with one of the most feared attacks in the nation that has produced one stellar quarterback after another, just as Leach did at Tech.
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
Having coached with Mike Leach and mentor Hal Mumme at Valdosta State in the early 1990s, Dana Holgorsen joined Leach at Texas Tech in 2000 as inside receivers coach. He became co-offensive coordinator in 2004 and coordinator in 2007. After brief stops as offensive coordinator at Houston and Oklahoma State, which set a number of offensive school records in 2010, West Virginia hired Holgorsen to install the Air Raid in 2011. The Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in 2012.
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Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
Mike Leach's first quarterback now runs his version of the Air Raid at his alma mater after a wildly successful stint as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M during the Johnny Manziel frenzy. Kingsbury enters his third season as the Red Raiders' head coach and is still in search of the record-setting quarterback that he became under Leach, who had a knack at Tech for turning ordinary quarterback recruits into NCAA record-holders for passing yards.
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Sonny Cumbie, TCU
A prolific passer in his own right under Mike Leach at Texas Tech, Sonny Cumbie threw for 4,742 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior in 2004. An assistant under Kliff Kingsbury, Cumbie joined Gary Patterson's staff at TCU in December 2013 as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordintor along with new hire Doug Meacham. Together they turned the Horned Frogs' traditional offense into a multi-faceted, high-octane spread attack that elevated quarterback Trevone Boykin into a Heisman Trophy candidate and vaulted TCU into national playoff contention.
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Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
Mike Leach didn't play Lincoln Riley at Texas Tech, but he recognized his offensive acumen. Leach hired Riley as a full-time assistant to coach receviers at the age of 23. Riley remained at Tech through 2009 and in 2010 he went to East Carolina as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Now 31, Riley is installing his version of the Air Raid as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, 16 years after Bob Stoops started it all by hiring a little-known offensive coordinator named Mike Leach, who had been throwing it around the yard the previous seven years at Voldosta State and then Kentucky.