Mike Leach Fired From Texas Tech!

From the ESPN article:

The school handed a termination letter to Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, just minutes before the two sides were to appear in a Lubbock courtroom for a hearing on the coach’s suspension.

Liggett said the letter said Leach was “terminated with cause effective immediately.”

For those not familiar with the incidents involved, it was alleged that Coach Leach had a player confined to small dark rooms for hours, when he couldn’t practice or play due to a concussion. The player is the son of former SMU/NFL running back and ESPN analyst Craig James.

It wouldn’t have been difficult to conduct this investigation, all they had to do was question the team trainer that was told to lock him in the unlit rooms…case closed. And so it is, and Coach Leach is now fired.

I have always viewed Mike Leach with a bit of apprehension, as he just seemed…odd, somehow. The “mad scientist” coach who never played the game, and always seemed detached or aloof from the players themselves, only concerned with the X’s and O’s.

I’m certain this will bring a change in the fortunes of Texas Tech football, but winning without caring for the players is just being mercenary about the sport.

While this is likely going to cause some dissension among team mates, as I’m certain many are still loyal to their coach, the team will be much better off moving forward without him, and his odd ball ways.

10 Responses

  1. This coming from the school that hired Bobby Knight.

    ….. hey Nuke (and crew), I’ve always valued our reciprocal linkage, but due to a forced change of commenting systems I”ve had to move Redneck’s Revenge from blogspot to a self-hosted wordpress site, in order to get my comments section up to standards.

    Could I get you to delete both those blogspot links and replace them with one to my new home?


    WordPress Rules. 😆

  2. Leach brought winning ways to Lubbock. I’m hearing talk they’re gonna make a run at Tommy Tuberville. Be a nice catch if they can persuade him to move to west Texas.

    • That may be true, but there was never a great deal of love emanating from him or to him.
      Where is Tommy these days?
      As for Leach, it will be interesting to see if anyone will want him as coach.

      • Auburn was supposedly interested in Leach before they went with Chizik last year. I think they wanted a more defensive minded coach, which Leach most definitely isn’t.

        Ol’ Tubs is enjoyin’ the multi-million $ buyout that he got from the ‘Burners, and commenting on TV games. Not a bad gig.

  3. Tour Of The Dark Electrical Closet

    Thanks …… yeah, once I get the main page in order, I’m going to try to build a new Smoke Filled Backroom on a sub-domain, with a darker theme. The new commentig system will be perfect there, as commenters can easily post full size you-tube vids themselves. ….. not just links.

    Thanks again…..

    • With all of Leach’s money, that was the best attorney he could find?
      The question remains, why was the young man ordered into those rooms in the first place, and not left in the training facility or a clinic?

  4. Locking someone up while the team practiced, sounds like kidnapping to me.
    Criminal charges to follow?

  5. Some interesting player comments on the firing.

    Some player comments that are leaking out – despite Tech declaring its players off-limits for interviews – show they are not conflicted about the school’s action.

    “I have no complaints about this decision,” defensive lineman Chris Perry said in a story on ESPN.com. “[Leach] put Adam [James] in a shed like an animal. Like an animal in a cage. That was bull.”

    Cornerback Taylor Charbonnet also complained to ESPN about Leach’s actions.

    “The players make this team, not one coach,” he said. “As Adam’s friend, I didn’t like it at all what [Leach] did. He was my brother, and I didn’t agree with it. … I know we are fully behind coach Ruffin. We love and support him.”

    Wide receiver Tramain Swindall told the Associated Press he supported the decision to fire Leach and said he felt the coach was at times out of line in his treatment of players.

    “And so do most of the players,” he said.

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