ARLINGTON, Texas - The last person I expected to see at the final day of Dallas Cowboys minicamp was Washington State head football coach Mike Leach, but there he was on Thursday afternoon chatting up Jerry Jones on the sidelines.
Wearing a Washington State hat and t-shirt, Leach looked and sounded very comfortable. He was in town working a football camp at McMurry University.
I asked him a few questions, and as you might expect he did not disappoint getting in a direct dig at Craig James, an indirect dig at Tommy Tubberville, and even opining on a college football playoff.
The Big Mac Blog: Did you follow Craig James' senate run here in Texas?
Mike Leach: Well, I think the results are what everybody expected. I think I share the same opinion as 97 percent of the others in this state. Correct me if I am wrong.
The Big Mac Blog: What are your thoughts on this potential four-team playoff?
Mike Leach: It's in flux and it's changing, so ...
The Big Mac Blog: But you are a playoff guy?
Mike Leach: Oh yeah. I want more than four; 16 is better. I'd like to have 64. I think it would be a lot of fun. ... I don't know the best way to do it. Call me day after tomorrow.
The Big Mac Blog: Surprised after multiple years of being away there are still so many people upset about the fact you left Texas Tech?
Mike Leach: We worked together with the fans. What we did it together (and) it was a great 10 years. Obviously there was a little corruption involved with my ouster there. I think there are certain people at Tech who lost a lot of credibility over that. ... Keep in mind they haven't even paid me for 2009. I worked all 2009.
The Big Mac Blog: Are you mad about it or have you moved on?
Mike Leach: I am trying to collect my money. If you worked all this year and at the end of the year you don't get paid you'll probably try to get your money. It's like your word is your bond. You shake somebody's hand, that should be the case. I am certainly due for 2009, that hasn't happened.
The Big Mac Blog: Do your feelings about certain people at Tech prevent you from hoping that team does well?
Mike Leach: Well, certainly I recruited a bunch of those players. I felt like 2010 was going to be our best team. That was our most talented team coming back. In 2009 we won nine games with three different quarterbacks. Now I am pretty occupied with my own team. I'm focused on that.
The Big Mac Blog: Miss anything about Lubbock?
Mike Leach: Great place. Great fans. Great people. Just the enthusiasm, especially the students at our games.
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