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Mike Leach “zombie-like” seniors replaced by motivated freshman

October 10, 2012

USA Today Sports reports “Mike Leach on “zombie-like,” “empty-corpse quality” seniors” by Paul Myerberg:

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Leach on Tuesday questioned the attitude of his seniors, the veterans pegged to help the Cougars break into Leach’s new offensive system.

“I think it’s mixed,” said Leach of his team’s senior leadership. “I think with some it’s stellar… some of them have been great and some of them have been very poor. Some of them have had this zombie-like, go-through-the-motions, that’s how it’s always been and that’s how it’ll always be.”

“Some of them, quite honestly, have an empty-corpse quality,” he said.

As a result, Leach and his staff have been forced to turn to underclassmen.

Note the stark contrast of these deathly metaphors for college football seniors as compared to historic counterparts; the starters of Notre Dame football nearly 100 years ago were nicknamed The Four Horseman.

As then, the political rhetoric rings through the sports columns. Seniors as “zombie-like”, after four years become “empty-corpse” (see also empty chairs). Motivated youth that might hurts near-term chances but will yield future “dividends” — sounds a lot like zombie-eyed-granny-starver Paul Ryan.

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