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Coach Leach’s lasting legacy is that there is more than one way to get things done, and that we all have to be true to ourselves. He sewed together his own pirate flag and planted it.

While I would have honored and understood whatever decision the Mississippi State team made, I am happy the Bulldogs have chosen to play their bowl game in honor of Coach Leach. “He would have wanted it that way,” is sometimes a hollow cliché, but in this case it is absolutely true. Go play. Go win.

I do think that Coach Leach’s quirkiness sometimes obscured his genius. He drew up a lot of that stuff on the back of envelopes, napkins and receipts. And those “doodles” changed the sport at every level. You cannot now watch a football game anywhere without seeing Coach Leach’s impact.

Is Incarnate Word becoming the new Cradle of Coaches? G.J. Kinne has his 12-1 Cardinals in the FCS semis, even as he prepares to move on to Texas State. And Tuesday the coach Kinne succeeded at UIW, Eric Morris, got the job as the new head coach at North Texas. Morris led the Cardinals to a 10-3 record and a Southland Conference championship in 2021 before taking a job as OC at Washington State. Now who will get the HC gig at UIW?

The Texans are 1-11-1. And they play the Chiefs Sunday. And they will be without their best player and best hope for the future, rookie RB Dameon Pierce. The dreaded high ankle sprain. That’s three weeks, best case. Might be a good idea to shut him down.

Look, I don’t want to have a beer with Cole Beasley. The next interesting or accurate thing that comes out of Cole Beasley’s mouth will be the first. But that is a physically tough SOB, and his coming out of “retirement” will help the Bills in their Super Bowl quest. This will make things easier and more efficient for Josh Allen.

Yes, I understand the resentment in some quarters. But I’m still pulling for Jeff Saturday in Indy.

The NFLPA is right in demanding an inquiry into why Monday night’s game between the Patriots and Cardinals was not stopped by the league’s booth observers when New England WR DeVante Parker showed concussion symptoms. Parker was clearly wobbly after taking a first half hit. Patriot teammate Nelson Agholor had to signal to officials to stop the game. Protocols were put in place back in September when the Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa was allowed to return to play despite appearing disoriented and stumbling around on the field earlier in the game. That new system did not work Monday night. That can’t happen.

Why does almost every nasty exchange between an NBA player and an obnoxious drunked-up fan seem to involve Draymond Green? I actually like Draymond, but…

Love and comfort to Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas, who returned to the bench Tuesday night following the death Sunday of his wonderful father, NBA legend Paul Silas.

Hey, I just noticed that the Spurs have won three straight. When’s the parade?

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.