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Mike Leach (JD '86) Featured in "The Tiny Iowa College That Changed the NFL" -- Wall Street Journal

October 29, 2018 | Pepperdine Law alumnus Mike Leach (JD '86) is featured in the Wall Street Journal article, "The Tiny Iowa College That Changed the NFL." Leach is the current football coach at Washington State University who is known for his unusual plays. He created the Air Raid offense during his first coaching job at Iowa Wesleyan, which changed college ball and NFL history.

Via The Wall Street Journal:


His time in tiny Mount Pleasant, Iowa, at a school with an irrelevant football program, is highly relevant to football history—and modern football.

The record books of college football are still littered with the name Iowa Wesleyan, the school that spawned an offense called the "Air Raid."
The Air Raid moved over the years from the fringes of college football to some of the biggest programs in the country. But NFL coaches hated it, criticizing its principles and the quality of football players it produced.

The naysayers have gone quiet because, 30 years later, the Air Raid has taken over the NFL.


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