Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life

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SWING YOUR SWORD is the first ever book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A lover of the game who started creating formations and drawing his own plays as a kid, Leach took his Texas Tech Red Raiders to numerous bowl games, achieving the #2 slot in national rankings and being voted 2008 Coach of the Year before being unceremoniously fired at the end of the 2009 season. The scandalous nature of his dismissal created a media frenzy and began a personal battle between Leach and ...
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Overview

SWING YOUR SWORD is the first ever book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A lover of the game who started creating formations and drawing his own plays as a kid, Leach took his Texas Tech Red Raiders to numerous bowl games, achieving the #2 slot in national rankings and being voted 2008 Coach of the Year before being unceremoniously fired at the end of the 2009 season. The scandalous nature of his dismissal created a media frenzy and began a personal battle between Leach and his accusers that remains unresolved.
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I think he’s brilliant. Mike Leach is a renaissance man through and through. The commercials about the World’s Most Interesting Man—that’s Mike Leach. I love him so much. I aspire to live a full and rich life and he’s doing it. He’s as interested in literature as he is in football. He’s just a very complicated, well-rounded individual. He’s a real maverick and an inspiration.
-Peter Berg, filmmaker, director - Friday Night Lights

I could tell that our players liked him right away. What really struck me was how sure of himself of what he wanted to do. He had such conviction and confidence in his way of doing it and there wasn't any second guessing it: "This is what we're going to do. It is going to work. It has worked everywhere we've been." I remember feeling great. This is exactly what we needed to do.
-Bob Stoops, Mike’s former boss at Oklahoma

He’s one of the most unique people I’ve ever met. He’s infinitely curious about everything. He doesn’t come in there and meet new situations with an agenda. He likes to walk straight up and ask the tough questions. He loves it when someone is real as can be. He wants to learn something new. He wants to hear another point of view on something. Mike Leach is an infinitely interesting guy. His free association is epic. Nobody has the ability to free associate like this guy. He starts going and you’re thinking, ‘O.K., where are you going with this?’ I love his re-set. His re-set line is always, ‘well, the thing is.’ Whenever he switches gears to another subject, that his comma, it’s ‘Well, the thing is. . . ‘
-Matthew McConaughey

Mike Leach has proved he can write a book that's as good as his passing schemes. I might add that it also ranks up there with his leadership and communication skills. Don't miss this eye-opening entertainment.
-Dan Jenkins

“Mike Leach is a great leader and an amazing motivator of men. And he got screwed. He’s got fantastic ingenuity, not only on the football field, but what he did with Texas Tech. The guy was on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Magazine as the head coach of Texas Tech. Think about how unusual that is. He is just so smart and really is a great guy, and a great coach.”
-Donald Trump

Praise for Bruce Feldman:

Meat Market

"One of the most insightful books ever written about college football."
-The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983337195
  • Publisher: Diversion Publishing Corp.
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 591,336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

After stints at Kentucky and Oklahoma, Mike Leach took over a subpar Texas Tech program that had one of the worst graduation rates in all of major college football. A decade later, Leach had guided Tech to unprecedented on-field success and the highest graduation rate of any public university in major college football. He is now a TV analyst for CBS College Sports and hosts the daily College Football Playbook show on SiriusXM. He is native of Cody, Wyoming, and graduated from Brigham Young University. He earned his J.D. from Pepperdine Law School in 1986. Leach and his wife, Sharon, have four children.

Bruce Feldman is a writer for ESPN. He has written two books, Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting and Cane Mutiny. His work also has appeared in three editions of the Best American Sports Writing series. He has worked for ESPN since 1994.

Michael Lewis is the author of bestsellers The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Panic and Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Lewis v

Acknowledgements ix

Growing Up

The Early Years 3

Byu 20

Law School 27

Finding My Way

Why Not Me? 43

Iowa Wesleyan 56

Valdosta 68

Kentucky 78

Boomer Sooner 89

Running the Show

Building the Team 107

Setting the Tone 138

Life at Tech 157

Sticking to Your Guns 177

The Power Play 190

Gone Fishin' 218

Epilogue 232

Appendix: Game Week 243

Afterword Peter Berg 258

Notes 261

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    Highy recommended

    This is the story of Leach's firing, but that occurs later in the book. It is an interesting travel thru the mind of an intelligent, though admittedly quirky football coach whose thinking is quite different from most coaches. His firing was a mark of shames on my alma mater and typical, I am afraid, of a lot of political intrigues that are happening now.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Great read

    Enjoyed every word! There is some really evil stuff going on with the higher ups in west texas.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Good Insight Into Innovative Mind

    As a coach and Tech graduate I was very interested in Swing Your Sword. I wanted to know about the shady dealings that forced Leach's departure, but also wanted to get some insight into his coaching philosophy and thought process. I was very pleased with how much Leach opened up in this book about his life, experiences, and football. I really enjoyed all the quotes embedded throughout the book from other coaches, players and friends. Reading this book makes me, as a coach, want to sit with Leach or follow him for a week and get as much knowledge from him as possible. Great read! I look forward to following his career and watching the success he will soon have at Washington State.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    The best, and very true.

    This is a great book about the lies that were being told by texas tech and the james family about this great coach. I loved this book very much, it was filled with 100% more facts than texas tech and espn were telling the world. It is worth reading, all the facts come in print. Overall it is a great bok, and easy to read, you will love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    Great book - a must read

    Everyone who enjoys football will enjoy this book. If you are involved with coaching football, from the youngest little league to pro, there is a lot to learn from this book.
    A very enjoyable read. Like sitting across the breakfast table listening to Mike Leach as you discuss football and life with him.

    He is a very genuine, likable person with an amazing mind.

    The book is about working with and motivating people first of all. The book also documents the truth about a situation gone terrible wrong in Texas that has removed this amazing coach from his work and profession. Shame on you Texas Tech, ESPN and Spaeth Communication.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    A Sharp Sword

    This extremely insightful book not only discussing football but also discussing life and thought process makes Mike Leach not only a great coach, but a great role model and philosopher. Leach, through his quirkiness and charisma, takes you through his very entertaining life story and teaches you life lessons along the way. A must-read for any coach, leader, or just an everyday person. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Good book... Not great, but very good.

    Good ... not great. I really enjoyed it from a HS football coaches perspective. He is a very interesting man and has great innovative ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Swing Your Sword

    Awesome book! I love the way this man thinks; he is very even-tempered and always in control of his thouggts and actions. Great for all fans of tge game of football, but more for those that enjoy watching and learning from people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    The title of this autobiography is Swing Your Sword by Mike Leac

    The title of this autobiography is Swing Your Sword by Mike Leach. In this autobiography Leach talks about his life and how he got into his career. Leach is a football coach and he takes us through his journey in this autobiography.
    Leach wrote this autobiography to share his story. I also believe he wrote this autobiography in an attempt to inspire his readers. This is a first person point of view book in which Leach is writing about his life and his occupation. This is in informally written book that shares information on Leach’s past. I read this book because I am interested in following Leach’s footsteps and becoming a football coach. After reading this book my interest in the field has grown. I think Leach did a great job in writing this book and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend you read this book if you are interested in coaching or if you just want to be entertained and inspired.
    I thought this book was very interesting. Leach has had an up and down career and he shares that in his book. There are a lot of misconceptions about Leach and I think he wanted to write this autobiography to clear up a lot of them. His intended audience is all those who want to hear Leach’s side of the story and to see how he thinks.
    In this Autobiography Leach takes us through his life, his rise to stardom, and a controversial event in his past. Leach does a nice job taking us through his life one step at a time. I recommend this book to anyone out there that is interested. This is a great book and something I really enjoyed reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Good read

    Very interesting read....Mike Leach is an incredible person and coach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Captain Leach

    My respect for Leach has only grown after reading this book. A great coach at my former school, he writes about so much more of who he is than how he was portrayed by Tech's administration. It reads as if he's talking to you, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's ever loved the man or the game.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Football Genius

    A football genius!

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Entertaining

    A very enjoyable and entertaining read. Leach is eccentric but his journey through the coaching ranks and his philosophies, both in football and life make this book a must for true football fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    A good read even if you are not a Tech fan.

    I am both a Tech and Coach Leach fan. He has. a great perspective and I regret he was fired. If you are a football fan you can enjoy a read about his techniques which have produced explosive offensive stats.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    Leach pretty much covers all the bases.From growing up in Wyoming,attending BYU then Pepperdine Law to all his coaching stops,leading up to his dismissal at Texas Tech.He doesn't come at you with "coach speak",in fact he's careful not to be cliche and doesn't apologize for it.What a relief.His methods aren't the norm,but they work and its easy to understand why.

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