On the eve of the college football season, Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach joined The Jim Rome Show and spent more time talking literature, specifically Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald than he did talking football. The 2015 Pac-12 Coach of The Year compared the two great novelist’s body of work against each other.

“I’ve read most of Hemingway’s stuff. Well I guess I would say this, I think ‘The Great Gatsby’ might be the greatest novel ever. It’s certainly up there. It might be better than anything Hemingway’s done,” Leach said of Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. “But Fitzgerald was kind of limited between kind of depression, alcohol. He wasn’t as prolific as Hemingway.

“I find Hemingway’s life itself more interesting than his books, and biographies on Hemingway are fairly interesting. His books are good, but kind of the path of his life is more interesting than some of his books, I think.”

Although Leach did take time to credit some of Heimingway’s greatest work.

“I like ‘The Son Also Rises’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’” Leach said. “And I’ve read others, but I think ‘The Son Also Rises’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ are among his best. I have not read ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’”

At last month’s Pac-12 Media Days in Los Angeles, the head coach shared his dislike for Pokémon GO and pointed out how people nowadays would rather text each other even if they were in the same room. The 55-year-old said he’s still hasn’t figured out the Pokémon GO craze and shared his overall thoughts on technology.

“Evidently, you walk around and something pops up on your phone and it’s very thrilling. To me, it seems congruent to having an invisible friend, but I guess an invisible friend may be slightly more exciting. So I totally don’t get it,” Leach said of Pokémon GO. “The texting, that’s kind of a part of coaching, so yeah, you do that relentlessly, but what I like about that of course there’s a goal in mind to get a recruit. I’m not great with technology. I mean, literally, obviously I watch a lot of film cut ups all the time, but my assistant clicks it on and moves it around to the different sections.

“But nah, this day and age you better be able to do technology for yourself, ideally, which I can’t, or you better have someone that can do it. I guess a positive of technology is it brings so many people together, it gets them involved. The negative, it’s a distraction and people get caught up on machines instead of people.”


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