Mike Leach is a popular football coach. His offense is a blast to watch, he says hilarious things, he knows trivia about everything, his players graduate, he's stuck it to The Man, and he counseled Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights. If only there were some way he could become even more popular. Maybe this could do the trick:
"The minimum should be 16 teams,'' he said. "I think 32 is better than 16, but I think 64 would be ideal," he started to explain to me, without taking a breath.
"You could cut the regular season down to 10 games, but guarantee everybody 12 games. In the end, the champion would play 16 games."
Don't bring up school workload to him as an argument. "That's a bunch of foolishness," he chided, in a nice, polite tone.
Dare I say Leach is even more forward-thinking here than even our wildest dreams, which is saying something, since our dreams are pretty wild? I do believe so. This 64-team college football bracket from last week includes a concession about settling for an insane-enough-as-it-is 32-team tournament due to the regular season's length, but the Dread Pirate breezes past all that.
I think he's said this kind of thing before, but he's saying it as a college football coach this time around. A coach whose Washington State team would probably benefit from a bigger tournament, of course.
Leading us forever into the future, no matter how much nuttier it is than we could have imagined: Mike Leach.