It has come to my attention that I have a lot in common with Mike Leach. And by “a lot in common,” I mean we probably don’t have that much in common but as it turns out, we have each owned a Subaru. To be completely honest, that’s enough for me (God bless Mississippi State and God bless Subaru).
Throughout the day Wednesday, multiple people sent this video my way. In the video, Mike Leach discusses the first car he owned.
He starts off his answer by rambling and meandering and wandering through how he drove his parents’ Ford Five Hundred (why didn’t they just use the number “500”?).
After talking about the “fine print” of what came with driving his parents’ car, it seems like Leach realized he hadn’t actually answered the question because he technically didn’t own that car.
That’s when he decided to talk about a car he did own: A Subaru “hatchback.”
As a Subaru Outback owner (arguably the best vehicle Subaru has ever made) and a Mississippi State alumnus (it took me 4.5 years and a couple of summers but I made it and now I’m not even using my degree), I believe we need to put Leach into one of two vehicles:
OPTION ONE: THE CAR OF THE FUTURE
JUST LOOK AT THE CAR OF THE FUTURE AND CHECK OUT HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS SUBARU IS:
The car of the future, developed by the folks over at the Bagley College of Engineering, is a modified Subaru BRZ. They took an already phenomenal, thrilling vehicle, turned it into a Hybrid, and then also gave it the ability to get from zero to 60 miles per hour faster than a fly can fart.
Mississippi State is pretty proud of this thing, as it should be. It’s a phenomenal car that has attracted plenty of attention. It’s fast, is maroon, and has very little cargo space.
But so is this:
OPTION TWO: THE HALO PROJECT
While I love the BRZ, I bought my Outback because I wanted to maintain some level of off-road capability after selling my truck. The Halo Project would probably be a more enjoyable option for me to drive for that reason.
And maybe Mike Leach would also prefer this.
IT’S AN AUTONOMOUS, FULLY ELECTRIC VEHICLE THAT CAN GO OFF THE PAVEMENT AND ALL OVER WHEREVER IT WANTS.
Who wouldn’t want to drive that? Or, well, be driven around by that?
Mississippi State wants you to be able to go where you please with your self-driving car. That could include your hunting lease or your favorite hidden fishing spot.
From Mississippi State’s press release:
“Designed to function autonomously in off-road environments by an MSU team at the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, the vehicle is built with the latest automotive technology and is paving the way for advancements in a key area with personal, military, agriculture, and search and rescue implications.”James Carskadon, Mississippi State University press release
Now, how do we get Leach into one of these cars?
Good question. To be completely honest, I have no clue. But, a precedent has been set by Mississippi State’s president. If Mark Keenum can get into the car of the future, we can certainly get Leach into one of the two vehicles, right?
I mean, sure, TECHNICALLY, Keenum is more important to the university, but it’s not like Leach is just some guy here. He’s the face of the football program. He should be able to get into one of the cars, right? We should be able to make this happen, right?
Honestly, it’s not like there’s much going on right now. Putting Leach in one of the world’s coolest Subarus and just letting him talk about the car for 30 minutes would make a great video. Make this happen, Mississippi State.
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