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The lesson of Mike Leach

Posted on: December 30, 2009 1:37 pm
This story is about power.

It's about university presidents tiring of the God-like powers of football coaches and trying to wrestle some of it back.

That was the case with Mark Mangino at Kansas and it's the same now with Leach. Maybe Leach is the cad he's supposed to be or maybe this entire episode is blown completely out of proportion. I'm not sure. (ESPN actually had on a reporter that defended Leach but the reporter is writing a book with Leach. Not exactly appropriate, eh?)

But I truly think the Mangino and Leach cases are about schools using these accusations as excuses to dump coaches who were getting a little too full of themselves.

Mangino and Leach were both arrogant jerks at times and their firing was their respective schools saying: we're going to demonstrate who really has the power and trust us it's not you.

So they were gone.

The way Leach acted in the end, to me, justifies his dismissal. He sent out his lawyers and sycophants and attacked the player as a soft crybaby. Those tactics were somewhat cowardly.

But mostly this is all about the school flexing its muscle. They did and Leach is now gone.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Texas Tech

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 5:55 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

"Maybe Leach is the cad he's supposed to be or maybe this entire episode is blown completely out of proportion. I'm not sure. "

Clearly you have never met Mike Leach, nor do you know the facts of the case.  You come off as an arrogant jerk yourself by demonstrating contempt prior to investigation.  Go back to school and learn the basics of journalism: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY and HOW, and support your argument with FACTS, not obnoxious speculation. 

You give CBS Sports a bad name.  You couldn't write your way out of a paper bag.

Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 12:09 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

This is an age old battle and while it sounds reasonable to some the problem I have is all the college presidents want coaches to act like good liitle people and be big brown-nosers and look up to them as Gods. They hate athletics and wish they didn'nt have to deal with it. the ulitmate power rests with the money men. If they don't like the way things are going either by the coach or the president then that individual is gone. I think the admin. decided to flex it's muscle but the real muscle has yet to be flexed and the Chancellor and AD will soon be eating a big helping of crow and making apologies of their own or else find themselves in the unemployment line.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 11:40 am

The lesson of Mike Leach

Stolen Money University, the only program to ever get the death penalty.

That's rich. SMU got to be the lucky example for all DI football programs, it certainly WAS NOT unique in the way it was operating. That is a generally accepted premise. So for anyone to even insinuate that SMU was giving players (like James) money or benefits that other programs were not is ridiculous and probably done in ignorance. Yeah, the James family may well be full of prima donnas. Adam James may have been a little sh*t. The little goldbricker probably did get a trumped up doctor's diagnosis of "mild concussion" and Leach probably suspected that. But guess what? Leach made a grave error in judgment. Period. There were unlimited actions for Leach to take... send the kid home for the season or, based on all the latest reports about concussions, use that as a reason not to play the kid in the bowl game. Release the kid to another program.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 10:47 am

The lesson of Mike Leach

This article has ZERO substance to it. 

If you don't know the difference between an article and a blog comment, then spare us the critique.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 12:07 am

The lesson of Mike Leach

let's see adam james showed up at least twice wearing sungalsses, and was defiant when leach asked him to remove the sunglasses, it seems appearnet that some only want to tell one side of the story and not mention that james was insubordinate and oh yeah guess what, guess who myers scheduled for texas techs opener next season how about smu

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 10:37 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Leach brought this firing on himself......  His immature actions towards James (like or hate him) were really dumb.   If Leach was that unhappy with James why not just dismiss him to his dorm room...... and be done with it. 

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 10:35 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

I think the Texas Tech university President realized that they had made a bad decision when they signed the contract extension to keep Leach.  I believe everything else is an end to the means to get rid of Mike Leach. Your own investigation showed ...

"Tech's termination letter said Leach was fired with cause, meaning the university believes it does not owe Leach any of the remaining money left on a five-year, $12.7 million contract he agreed to in February. According to terms of the deal, Leach was due a $800,000 bonus on Dec. 31 if he were still the head coach at Texas Tech. "

In other words they were looking for any excuse possible to get rid of him by Dec. 31st so that they could save the additional 800K.  I have no doubt if it wouldn't happened now it would have happened soon afterwards with some other bogus reason.

Above you have indicated that Leach was dumped for being too full of himself.  I believe Leach was let go because Tech Management thinks that there are many Coach's that could fill Leach's shoes for less money.  What they have actually done is... shut down one of the best recruiting classes Tech has ever had and has shown any potential replacement that you can build a winning program but don't expect us to pay for that.

This move will effect attendance, recruiting, television revenue and decrease any opportunity for a potential winning program over the next ten years at minimum... in other words they are going to lose millions and million of dollars. 

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 9:24 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Agreed.  I couldn't be happier!

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 8:08 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach


And they will learn that lesson by hiring a BLACK coach right Freeman? That will make everything alright. DERP

Why are you trying to play the "Race Card"? Badly, I might add.

Nowhere did Freeman mention race or ethnicity in the article. You probably should seek some help for this obsession of yours.


Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 8:07 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

The media only focuses on the "God-like powers" of football coaches and not the arrogant, "God-like", narcissist actions of Athletic Directors...specifically Gerald Meyers.  I grew up in Lubbock and attended Texas Tech.  History has shown that the leaders have their good old boys club and will protect their own legacies at all costs regardless of the negative impact to the University, the athletic programs and the fans.  Perhaps if the media conducted an in-depth profile of Gerald Meyers, they would see that as long as he is AD, no one will ever have the upper hand or get away with making him look bad.  Leach's termination comes down to two alpha male egos.  Gerald Meyers must have sold his sole to the devil when he returned to Tech years ago because he should have been driven to the city limits line about 20 years ago.  His tenure has grown stagnant and it is time the Regents recognize this.

If the media were not so biased and reported on the full picture, they would see that following the contract negotiations with Leach and TTU that Meyers has been looking for any infraction against Leach so he can go to sleep at night knowing that he continues to have the upper hand.  Meyers is a jerk and it is time that the people in Lubbock and most importantly TTU understand that as long as Meyers is AD, the rest of the Big 12 and the nation will never take TTU seriously. 

If the statement released by the Regents today is the best statement the fans and TTU supporters are to receive, it is weak and without substance.  It smells of retaliation and does not provide the public with any evidence that Leach's actions endangered the player.  Employers can "create" cases of insubordination against an employee anytime they want and this is what Meyers has done.  Who can blame Leach, a lawyer himself, to protect himself legally from an arrogant and egotistical Gerald Meyers.

As for Adams, you were not put back on the field and asked to make contact with a concussion.  It sounds like you were made an example of an attitude that does not belong on the football field, so suck it up.  Welcome to football.  If this bothers you, go play badminton at a JR. College.

I personally would prefer to see a statue of Leach on campus and see Meyers ride off into the sunset.

Signed disappointed and embarrassed TTU fan.

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