Why Lane Kiffin says Mike Leach is his press conference idol

Mike Leach has excellent takes, which often lead to treasured media appearances when he shares them. The Washington State football coach has expressed his opinions on the best mascots to wedding planning – and everything in between.

But it was a clip from Leach’s spectacular October rant about the absurd format of the College Football Playoff that led Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin to call Leach “my hero in press conferences.”

Leach’s weeks-old rant lasted 10 minutes as he detailed how practically every football league from high school to the NFL – with the exception of college football, obviously – uses a similar playoff format.

In the clip Kiffin reacted to, Leach talks about how high school football in major states handle their playoffs, saying:

“These guys, you know, they win a certain number of games, they have a qualification. OK, now, boom! They’re in the playoffs. But they don’t have just two or four teams or something – hell no – because they want everybody to have fun and enjoy this playoff system. So they have 16 or 32 or 64 or something like that.

“OK, so then they play each other, and everybody’s on the edge of their seat, gotta wait and see if this team’s gonna beat that team or beat the other team. And so then, in the end, there’s occasionally a debate. ‘If only this team hadn’t lost to that team in this round, then this team could have won the whole thing,’ and that’s perhaps true. But the thing that is indisputable is that at the end of the gauntlet, this team came out No. 1, and there’s no debate, whatsoever, who’s state champion.”

This isn’t the first time Kiffin has shown he’s a Mike Leach fan.

After Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic Owls won the Conference USA championship Saturday with a win over North Texas, the coach gave a shoutout to Leach while comparing the postgame celebration to Woodstock. Leach used the same analogy when his Cougars upset then-No. 5 USC in September.

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