Mike Leach's hilarious "fat little girlfriends" rant will forever live on in football folklore  

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Mike Leach passed away recently

Mike Leach became a bit of a national treasure during his time as a college football head coach. He began coaching at Texas Tech back in 2000 and ended up being the coach for Washington State and then Mississippi State before his untimely passing.

His press conferences were something to behold. He was always capable of providing an iconic quote or soundbite without warning. Some of his quotes have become part of college football lore.

One such quote has separated itself from the others. In 2009, he called his players' effort levels into question with a now iconic line.

Leach said:

"As coaches, we fail to get through to them. As coaches, we fail to make our coaching points and our points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends. Their fat little girlfriends have some obvious advantages. For one thing, their fat little girlfriends are telling them what they want to hear, which is how great you are."

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He continued:

"And how easy it's going to be. And how, you know, we had a bunch of people- everyone wanted to win the football game, but nobody wanted to play the football game. That defies every level of work ethic that exists with regard to football."
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He didn't stop there:

"As coaches, we have to solve our failure on reaching them and the players have to listen. And I'm going to go to fairly amazing lengths to try to make that happen. I don't know if I'll be successful this week or not... I am going to try and there may be some people inconvenienced and if it happens to be their fat little girlfriends, too bad."

Leach referenced the quote again recently, saying his players would rather drink and eat with their "fat little girlfriends" than work on their game.


What happened to Mike Leach?

The head football coach suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. He was in critical condition for a short while before ultimately succumbing to the attack.

Mike Leach has passed away at 61
Mike Leach has passed away at 61

Mike Leach was just 61 years old and in his third season at Mississippi State. His passing has been met wth great sadness across the league and the world of football is offering tributes to him.

Edited by Zachary Roberts