Some people use B12 shots to lose weight, others to prevent heart attacks. Mike Leach? Well, he used to use them out of pure superstition.
During his Monday press conference, Leach, the head coach at Washington State, was asked about his pregame routines and in quintessential Leach fashion, he shared a strange story about receiving B12 shots while the head coach at Texas Tech and having to keep taking them because the other coaches were superstitious. Lucky for us, he also tells us where he got the shot.
Here's the text of his, um, interesting tale (start the video at the 16:35 mark):
"We had a doctor that was giving B12 shots and our strength coach (at Texas Tech) was really into B12 shots," Leach said. "So I'd get the B12 shot. And I guess we won the game or whatever when I got the first one. Then after that, I had to hurry onto the field, I said, 'No I don't have time for the B12 shot.'
"Bottom line is superstition existed with him and a couple other guys. Hey, part of the voodoo here is he has to get his B12 shot. So then it got to the point that I got the B12 shot more for them than for me just cause I didn't want a couple nervous coaches. I wanted them settled down and taking a B12 shot would be a small price to pay.
"You'd be surprised how many times there in the coaches locker room, which is sort of separate and off to the side in Lubbock, I'd be bent over a table when the referees would come in getting my B12 shot, some doctor's sticking a B12 shot in there so everyone got piece of mind and stuff."
This isn't the first time we've gotten a TMI moment from Leach and it probably won't be the last. If only the Cougars were as entertaining as their coach.