"When he talked about that in his article and it went worldwide, I got some of the greatest gear that you can imagine," Leach said.
"I got a bunch of flags. I got books. I got Mickey Mouse ears with pirate stuff on it. Some lady in France mailed me a thing that looks kind of like a skull and crossbones: ‘Hey, I just thought you'd like to have this.'"
Leach was especially fond of a 6-foot-tall skeleton that Pat Knight (Bob Knight's son) presented him when Pat coached basketball at Texas Tech.
"It was a skeleton dressed in pirate gear that had a motion sensor," Leach explained. "So when it was dark, you walk by it at night, the lights would light up and it would start talking to you.
"We'd be in the room next door watching film late at night and the cleaning lady would come clean the office. All of a sudden, you'd hear that pirate in the next room, ‘Aye, matey!' And she's screamin', ya know. Yeah, she enjoyed the pirate, too."
Leach also had plenty of interesting things to say about football.
"Understandably, you know the last thing in the world I'd do is share that with you," Leach said in Seattle, drawing serious laughs. He noted that for competitive reasons he wouldn't want to limit his options by sharing names.
"It's what you learn after you know everything that counts," Leach said, quoting John Wooden. He said his book writing, speaking, broadcasting and other endeavors opened his eyes to new ways of thinking and viewing the game and world. His radio show gave him the chance to talk with experts throughout the world of sports and that was illuminating, he said.
"The home state is always the most important," he said in Pullman and then added in Seattle that Northern California, where Paul Wulff made large inroads, will continue to be a focus and that he plans to make deeper gains in Southern California. He also talked about the plethora of athletes coming out of Hawaii and American Samoa and said that would be an area of considerable focus.
"He hasn't contacted me. We'll have to take a look (though he's uncertain he will pursue Heaps) ... he's a good player."
"It's a hard-working group. I think it's a young group that's improved. The quarterbacks are really good starting points. It's a group that has a lot of potential and a good foundation, and I think the enthusiasm is really encouraging."
"They were passionate coaches. They worked hard … I can't help but applaud their efforts."
"I don't say anything. I just go out and work hard and do the best I can. I don't worry about it at all."
"The entire thing's been incredible." In Seattle, he was informed that the Pullman gathering stretched the CUB senior ballroom to beyond capacity, to which he retorted, "It doesn't sound like I'll be an honorary fireman anytime soon."
"If it's controversial to have the highest graduation rate in the country and to go to 10 straight bowls and to improve every year and win a bunch of bowl games and not have your players get in trouble and not get NCAA violations, then I'm controversial. I'll just have to live with it."
"The truth is the truth, and that's not going to change. Those that don't understand it are uninformed, but I think most people do understand it."
"Do the best we can. Improve every day. A lot of times people are just doing stuff and it's stuff. You want to achieve results. You want to get everybody on board so they're committed to improvement."
"Not too much perspiration. He went ahead and hired me anyway."
"I'm not big on engaging the opposition like that, but I am looking forward to playing the Apple Cup ... (The rivalry is) incredibly exciting -- I can't wait to play it." On that same topic, Bill Moos was all smiles when he told a small group of alums after the event that the first incentive clause he wrote into Leach's contract was $25,000 for winning the Apple Cup.
CF.C executive editor Greg Witter contributed to this report.