You may not know who Mike Leach is, or you may have a limited experience with his exploits. Yes, Leach coached at Texas Tech, and yes he was dumped like a bad habit in a controversial way. Leach is absolutely a character, and an interesting guy, so we should probably get to know him.
Chris Brown, the man behind Smart Football, has a superb breakdown of the Air Raid, as well as background information on Leach. His piece is a fantastic resource for all things Leach.
Spencer Hall hopped on a boat with Leach earlier this year, and spent a day in Key West with the pirate. Anything Spencer does is worth reading, so feel free to dive right in.
You're wondering why everyone calls him a pirate. Michael Lewis explains in his in-depth profile of Leach from a few years back. If you want to get to know the man behind the persona, this is a great place to start.
He has a book, Swing Your Sword, which you should probably go find right about now. It explains his side of the Texas Tech story and the battle that's been raging between himself and ESPN.
These are your starting points. Because I've been reading about Leach for the last few days, and studying the Air Raid for much longer, I'll be back with more later.