Mike Leach’s class at Washington State has officially begun. The Cougars football coach is teaching a five-session seminar titled “Leadership Lessons in Insurgent Warfare and Football Strategies,” and Wednesday was his first class.

While we’d all love to know exactly what goes on in a Mike Leach-taught class, the first four sessions are closed to the public. However, the good news is that the fifth and final class will be live-streamed for the masses, and we cannot wait.

But until then, we have to rely on the internet, including the class’ Twitter account, @InsurgentFBall, for details about the seminar. So after the first session, here are eight things we know about Leach’s class at Washington State.

1. Mike Leach is not teaching this class alone

Michael Baumgartner, the current Spokane County Treasurer, is also an instructor. He is a Republican who served as a Washington state senator for eight years and previously served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

2. It’s not a big class, but that’s the point

There are about 40 students in the class, and that was by design, despite the heavy demand for enrollment. As Baumgartner explained during a joint press conference with Leach on Wednesday before the class began, they wanted to limit the number of students so they could have an “interactive learning environment.”

“We didn’t want the course to be too big because you kind of lose that teaching dynamic,” Baumgartner said.

3. The class application included two short-answer essays

Because of the demand, potential students had to apply to be in the seminar, which is a noncredit class, which means there’s no cost to enroll.

For the essays, students had to weigh in on whether or not they think the wishbone offense would work in the NFL and if the British strategy in the Malayan insurgency would work today.

4. Gardner Minshew is in Leach’s class

Sporting his famous mustache and all, the former Washington State quarterback, who became a huge star this season, was spotted in the classroom.

When asked if Leach knew about any of his current players being enrolled in his class, he said he wasn’t sure, but added: “They’re certainly welcome. There’s 24 hours in a day, and they might as well spend it with me.”

5. Mike Leach is going to be a student too

When asked at the joint press conference Wednesday why Leach wanted to teach this class, he explained that he wants to learn too, while sharing his nuggets of wisdom with everyone.

“I think really the discussion and what I could learn myself. You commingle the football with counter insurgency, and I’m sure the discussion will be interesting. Then also, we’ve got experts kind of in the field that we’re going to have as guest speakers from one class to the next — an escape survival specialist that trains elite military, so that’ll be exciting.

“And really, I can sit and talk football — as a matter of fact, when I leave here, I’m gonna go talk football for two hours, but that’s easy enough. But I’m kind of interested in what the others bring and what I get to learn from that.”

6. How exactly this class is related to Mike Leach’s job as a football coach

As Baumgartner explained, football and military strategies have more in common than we may think. During the press conference, he said:

“When I was teaching that class (about counter insurgency in Paris), I started using football paradigms to sort of explain some of the lessons. And what’s really interesting about what Mike does is insurgent revolutionaries are essentially underdogs, and they have to turn strategic disadvantage into advantage against more powerful, conventional opponents.

“And there are a lot of parallels from a leadership standpoint, in terms of what Mike does, with the air raid offense and how he takes, perhaps, underdog football players and gets higher amounts of success.”

He added that the goal of the seminar is to bring those two concepts together further.

7. The class will include game film

Unless they’re on the team, average students don’t typically have the opportunity to watch game film with a head coach. But that’s just another perk of Leach teaching a class.

“When we were talking about our portion of this first class, I think we both have more material than we need,” Leach said. “I got some film but had to be disciplined about cutting it back because I could go on for three hours about it, you know? Instead, it’s going to be more like 25 minutes.”

8. There will be homework