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It’s easy to forget just how crazy football fans thought Mike Leach was before they decided that he was, in fact, a genius. Perhaps the best example of this was his inauspicious debut at the University of Oklahoma.The year is 1999. Leach has just blown into Norman, along with a new coach named Bob Stoops whose mission is to rescue the Sooners’ declining football program from oblivion. On paper, Leach, the offensive coordinator, is everything you would not want in a football coach, a creature out of the fever dreams of frustrated Oklahoma fans. He has never played college football. He has a law degree from the ultra-effete, Malibu-based Pepperdine University. He surfs. He wears mismatched clothing and speaks in a gnomic, slightly distracted way…
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