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Mike Leach was working on about four hours of sleep when he answered his cellphone on the afternoon of December 30, 2006.“Got back to Lubbock around 4 a.m.,” he told me in that familiar monotone. You know, the one that seldom revealed emotion and often sounded like he was unspooling the setup for a great joke. Hours earlier in Arizona, his Texas Tech Red Raiders had staged one of the greatest comebacks fans had ever seen, rallying from a 31-point deficit midway through the third quarter to beat Minnesota 44–41 in the Insight Bowl. The Tech coach had broken down and cried on live television after the game as he attempted to describe the pride he felt for his team. Inside the locker room, Leach told…
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