Before Mike Leach returns to Lexington, the SEC Network looked back at his first stint in the SEC as Hal Mumme’s offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky. The network spoke to Mumme about the reception the Air Raid offense initially received in the SEC.
“My old boss at Kentucky, C.M. Newton, probably said it best: It was fast break basketball on grass. He always loved Rick Pitino’s style and he wanted to hire somebody that was going to do the same thing in football,” Mumme said.
“The naysayers were everywhere. There was very few people that thought it would work.”
Tim Couch thinks it worked out pretty well for him. After all, he was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. The former UK quarterback was interviewed for the piece that shows plenty of clips that will bring back fond memories from those exciting wins in the late-90s.
The Air Raid.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 10, 2020
For a more in-depth look at the offense’s origins, enjoy this ESPN profile on the subject.