The Big Boo Cast, Episode 194

I feel like I can speak for most Mississippi State fans and say that when it comes to Mike Leach being named our head football coach earlier this year, we’re all still pinching ourselves. And listen – Melanie has been just as excited as I have been. That is because Mike Leach is a genius, and he is a college football legend, and the SEC will be better with him in it. So needless to say, we are absolutely beside ourselves that he is our guest on this episode of the podcast.

How did this even happen? Well, it is all because of a Twitter wager, you understand. Dave Emerick, who is on the football staff at State, told us a few weeks ago (after I asked about the possibility of interviewing Coach Leach) that if we could get 1,000 likes on his tweet, he would get Coach Leach on the podcast. Well, our beloved podcast listeners more than came through, and about a week ago, Melanie and I got to talk to Coach Leach. The whole experience did not disappoint. In fact, it DELIGHTED us.

The first part of the episode is Melanie and me giving this whole situation some context, and our conversation with Coach Leach starts around 25:40. You’ll be happy to know that Melanie was able to voice her grievance about Deshazor Everett’s targeting call, and Coach Leach has a couple of bad call grievances himself. We also talk about Mississippi and his favorite game at Texas Tech and his favorite books so far this year. Among other things.

The best part? Coach Leach was all we expected and more: kind, smart, funny, gracious, and a real straight-shooter. We think you’ll agree.

Enjoy, y’all!

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Show Notes:

Coach Fran

Nick “Lou” Saban

Coach Mike Leach

The video that made Sophie clap her hands when Coach Leach was named head football coach at Mississippi State

Melanie predicted Coach Leach’s hiring (go to 47:23 in the episode)

The tweet that brought Coach Leach to the podcast

The very strange Egg Bowl ending that set the wheels in motion for Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach to move to Mississippi colleges

The Texas Tech / Texas game that Coach Leach remembers very fondly

“Texas Back in 1880”

Melanie’s Deshazor Everett heartache

The Last Dance

– Michael Lewis

Bill Bryson – The Lost Continent

– Henry Crumpton – The Art of Intelligence

Operation Odessa (not for the children, and a little racy at the beginning, but Melanie says it’s fascinating)

Narcos (again, not for the children, but again, Melanie and P are fans)

Swing Your Sword by Mike Leach

Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior by Mike Leach


Magic Spoon (promo code BIGBOO for free shipping)

Native (promo code BIGBOO for 20% off your first order)

– Best Fiends (download from the Apple App Store or Google Play)

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  1. Sherri Len Amundson says:

    I just want to ask one thing: in a future podcast, can you tell us how your families responded to the fact that you interviewed Mike Leach? (I think that would be a hilarious topic.) :)

  2. So enjoyed the podcast. Thank you!

  3. Sharla Barefield says:

    Well, that was a delight! I am a Red Raider and moved from Lubbock to Longhorn country. I will never forget the game between UT and Tech….I watched the game from home and ended up losing my voice because of all the screaming. Then once the game was over I laid in our living room floor in the fetal position for a good hour or so as my family just stepped over me. I have never been so emotionally spent after a game. It was EPIC. : )