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Applications open for Mike Leach’s course at WSU

PULLMAN- Applications for Mike Leach’s course “Insurgent Warfare and Football Strategy” opened Tuesday, February 2nd.

Leach teased the course during the football season in November on Twitter asking students if they had interest in a lecture on leadership “lesson in insurgent warfare and football strategy”. The post received 44 thousand likes.

Last week WSU approved the class and confirmed it would meet in spring 2019.

The class features lectures hosted by Mike Leach, WSU football head coach, and Michael Baumgartner, Spokane County treasurer who worked with the United States on Counter Insurgency efforts in the middle east. The class aims to blend both topics together.

“The biggest thing I would like (from students) is a genuine curiousity to draw parallels between two different subjects,” said Leach.

The course is free and offers no college credit. The class admits 40 WSU students. In order to apply, students must write two essays, two hundred words each, answering the following questions:

1. Can the British counterinsurgency strategy used in Malaya be used today?

2. Is the wishbone a potentially viable offense for the NFL?

The class meets March 27, April 3, April 10 and April 17. On April 23rd, the course opens to all students via livestream and in person at the Spark Academic Innovation Hub on WSU Pullman campus.



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