Cougars coach Mike Leach talks football, fashion and Geronimo

When you talk with Washington State coach Mike Leach, the conversation could go anywhere.

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Mike Leach arrived at Washington State in December 2011, taking over a Cougars program that had won nine games in the previous four seasons combined and hadn’t been to a bowl game since 2003.

It took Leach, who led Texas Tech to 10 bowls in his 10 seasons coaching the Red Raiders, until only his second season in Pullman before WSU got into the postseason. His team even won as many conference games in 2013 as it did in the previous four years before he arrived in Pullman.

Leach hopes the Cougars, who return a three-year starter at QB in Connor Halliday and a deep receiving corps, are primed to continue their ascent in the Pac-12 and crack the Top 25 in 2014.

But the eclectic head coach, who earned his law degree from Pepperdine in the 1980s, hasn’t been shy about pursuing some outside interests. This month, Leach published his second book, Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior, with co-author Buddy Levy. (Full disclosure: I helped Leach write his first book, Swing Your Sword.)

Recently, I caught up with Leach to discuss, among other things, his new book and the current football player who most reminds him in style and persona of Geronimo; what makes his old pal Bob Stoops such a good boss; which college coach he’d most want by his side if he were stranded in the wilderness.

Oh, and we talked quite a bit about Leach’s buddy Barry Switzer, fur coats and Leach’s own fashion style. To listen to the podcast, click on the embedded audio player below.

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