Earlier this week, there were small rumblings of a camera crew following Mike Leach around in Pullman. I didn't think anything of it at the time -- after all, this is Mike Leach and it could've been anything -- but now the whole story is coming together. Peter Berg, executive producer of TV's Friday Night Lights (side note: Texas Forever, y'all) is interested in pitching a documentary revolving around Leach and his transition as the head coach of the Washington State Cougars, and sent camera crews to Pullman in what would seem to be some sort of a test shoot.
Broadcasting & Cable explains the relationship between Leach and Berg, and why this all makes sense.
"I assume HBO will go for it because it will be really good," Berg tells B&C. "I don't know why they wouldn't."
Berg had gotten to know Leach over the years after reaching out to him following a 60 Minutes story and a New York Times Magazine story. Berg brought him in for a Friday Night Lights cameo, and Leach actually came to Hollywood for a month to live with Berg two years ago and observe Hollywood.
Before we forget, let's all take a moment to remember Leach's brilliant Friday Night Lights cameo.
Coach Taylor did find his inner-pirate after Leach's pep talk, so that's something.
Back to the task at hand: I'm not sure how anyone -- WSU fan or not -- wouldn't be excited about a Leach documentary series. Watching him adjust to life in Pullman, run the team's fall camp and, perhaps, rollerblade down the middle of Stadium Way would be outstanding.
And besides, any publicity is great for Washington State (rhyming!). Now if you'll excuse me, I'm quickly ordering HBO in preparation for this all.