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Tech's Leach revisits his fascination with Pirates

Updated: October 18, 2007, 4:15 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | Special to ESPN.com
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has often talked about starting a "pirate club" among Tech students, much like Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets. He again alluded to his fascination with pirates after Tech's 35-7 victory over A&M, when he was asked how his broken right arm held up during the game.

"We're going to cut it off and put a hook on it," said Leach, whose arm was wrapped in a sling after he broke it in a bicycle accident two weeks ago. "Women sometimes have a lot of cosmetic surgery, but men can, too. So maybe I will as well."

Leach ridiculed A&M's tradition as a military school in a 2005 New York Times story. In it, Leach said the A&M Corps of Cadets "get to pretend they are soldiers. The thing is, they aren't actually in the military." And he also stated, "I ought to have Mike's Pirate School. The freshmen, all they get is the bandana. When you're a senior, you get the sword and skull and crossbones. For homework, we'll work on pirate maneuvers and stuff like that."