The Iowa State Cyclones are no stranger to the air-raid offense. They defeated both Texas Tech and West Virginia this season, a pair of teams that run a variation of the scheme. On Friday, they’ll face the guy who invented it and revolutionized college football in Washington State head coach Mike Leach, and it happened in Iowa.
Leach was an offensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan in 1989 when he and head coach Hal Mumme developed the offense which defined his career. It’s a time the coach remembers fondly, even if he had a few more responsibilities during his tenure in Mount Pleasant.
“You do everything. You know what the equipment guy does, because I was the equipment guy. You know what the sports information director does,” says Leach, “In my case that I had experience in equipment, sports information, recruiting, video back when you hooked two machines together, and we had an editor that was just horrible. Heck, you could put a man on the moon, and that sucker didn’t work at all.”
Leach is currently in his seventh season as head coach at Washington State.