Way back in Feb. 2007, MDS pointed out that Ryan Leaf, former Chargers first-round pick, and later the first guy mentioned when the conversation turns to all-time-great draft busts, had surfaced in Texas as the quarterbacks coach (and golf coach, too; he's amphibious!) at West Texas A&M and was pulling down close to 30 large a year.
Leaf, the former San Diego Chargers quarterback, has been placed on indefinite leave at his request to deal with a personal issue, athletic director Michael McBroom said Wednesday.
A person briefed on the situation said that Leaf acknowledged he had asked a player for a pill to help him deal with pain in his wrist dating to his NFL playing days.
Okay, maybe sinister was a bit much. How about vaguely controversial? Mildly debatable? Fine. Innocuous it is.
And while it's certainly noble of Leaf to voluntarily turn himself in for what sounds like asking for a couple Excedrin, there has to be something more to this. Hopefully this all works out because it sounds like he's a better quarterbacks coach than quarterback: "West Texas A&M, a Division II school, is 9-1 and has one game, versus Tarleton State, left on its regular-season schedule. Senior quarterback Keith Null has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,812 yards with 36 touchdowns and 14 interceptions."
Worst-case scenario: he ends up back in Dallas, this time as the new Brad Johnson. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
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