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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: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 8:07 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Division I football and basketball coaches make way too much money, and are treated like royalty on most campuses and in the states where they coach.  The Mangino and Leach cases are a glimmer of hope that arrogant prima donna behavior is not acceptable, and that the manner in which a coach conducts himseld and treats his players matters.  Hallelujah!

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 6:55 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Soft Kid goes hard..........

If this kid was any good there wouldn't be a story.  From what I have read the kid is not that talented.  He quit the baseball team because he wasn't playing enough.  Now he complained enough to get his football coach canned.  The coach was probably gonna get the axe anyway but the squeeky wheel didn't get greased soon enough.

On top of all that, his dad doesn't realize that he is enabling his son to whine and complain when things go south. The kid needs to grow up and his dad needs to let him fail or succeed without interference.  Seems like a classic case of rich daddy's kid always gets what he wants no matter the consequences.

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2009 6:31 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

This is a joke with a bad punchline. Texas Tech just took a 10-year step backward. Leach was the most successful coach in the program's history. He won more bowl games in his 10 years than the program had in its entire history prior to his arrival. Texas Tech was actually in the BCS Championship conversation just last year. Freeman calls Leach a coward but in the end it is lazy reporters like Freeman who are the cowards. Instead of attacking Leach, why not leave your perch at CBS and do a little of investigative journalism. Go and see these alleged closets James was kept in. Were they really dark closets? No one is doing any of this so far.Freeman calls Leach a jerk. Every successful coach has people out there who don't like them. Some don't like Pete Carroll, Bill Belichek, Mike Krezyewski and the list goes on.The other coward is Criag James. Instead of telling his lazy, spoiled kid to toughen up, he gets a coach fired. That is the way the over-privliged like the James family do things. BTW, does anyone remember where Craig James played his college football? Enough said about his integrity.This is a sad situation for everyone. Texas Tech now falls to the bottom of the Big 12. The James kid has shown his true colors as has his whole family. Leach will carry a label for at least a little while. I hope he lands another head coaching job at a BCS school because he has earned it. He has worked hard for a long time to get to this level. Maybe the James family could have learned something about hard work from him if they weren't so busy getting him fired.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2009 6:29 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Falcon, there were other provisions in the letter which Freeman carefully neglected to put into his article.  Here are ALL of the provisions of the letter (it was submitted with the court documents):

1) All practices and other team meetings will be monitored by the athletic director or his representative.
2) Any player claiming an injury will be examined by a physician and cleared in writing prior to practicing or playing.  Decisions regarding whether an injury warrants suspension from practice and/or play will be determined by a physician without pressure from you or your staff.
3) You must recognize that the players you are working with are student athletes and that you have an obligation to treat them with respect and further to conduct yourself in a manner consistent with your position as an instructor of students.
4) You must at all times assure the fair and responsible treatment of student athletes in relation to their health, welfare, and discipline, and if you are not doing so, you must immediately cease any actions not in compliance with this provision of your contract.
5) There will be no retaliation against any student who has suffered an injury.

No head coach wants their team monitored.  Period.

In principle, I don't think anyone would disagree that doctors should determine how long a player is kept out of practice or games.  However, the "cleared in writing..." provision along with the rest of it can be abused.  If a player goes down with cramps during a late-summer game, does the team need to get a doctor to write up a note before the kid can get back into the game?  Simply asking "how long before he can hit the field" could constitute "pressure".

"Treat them with respect" is a nice fuzzy phrase.  The interpretations of that are infinite.

"You must at all times assure the fair and responsible treatment..."  However, most of the stories we are hearing says that Adam James has always thought the coaches treated him unfairly.  In fact, if Graham Harrell's email is correct, he has been treated unfairly ever since he walked onto campus.  The baseball team expected him to work hard, and so did the football team.  That was grossly unfair.  Again, like the rest of these provisions, there is WAY too much room for interpretation.

Being disciplined because the player has a stupid injury that has nothing to do with football is normal, and should be (i.e. a broken finger from a bar fight or something like that).

The wording of these requirements left way too much room to an administration that was looking for an excuse.  Myers has not hidden his dislike of Leach, and was looking for a "reason" to fire him.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 6:10 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

You need to look at all the facts brother before you start checking someones manhood and questioning situations.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 6:02 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

WRONG! KU is already getting better recruits than when Mangino was there. Something can be said for class.

Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 6:00 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

I can see AD's and Presidents all over the country dialing Leach's # as early as Monday. Leach will have double income for a while and Adam James will be followed with laziness, crybaby tag for a long time and TT is already in the dump.  Who says college sports is about college kids? hahaha

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:56 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Given the same situation, I wonder how many of you would defend Mike Leach if YOUR child was treated like a dog. Being the father of a son that played college football, I have no problem with a coach that would discipline by making kids run the stadium steps, reduce playing time etc. But to confine a kid to a shed is no way to administer discipline and command respect. The problem with society, is that we're willing to look the other way at boorish behavior from athlete's and coaches as long as they perfrom and win. Look at how long college sports tolerated the Bob Knight's and the Woody Hayes' of the world until it could no longer look the other way. Maybe firing Leach was a bit heavy handed, but Tech did give him a way out by issuing a simple apology. He made his decision, and Tech made theirs. If Mike Leach were a .500 coach, the howling over his firing would be barely a whisper.

Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:46 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Remember the movie "Junction Boys" about Bear Bryant?  This sounds like something Bear would have done to prove a point - and we all would have said what a great motivator he was. 
How times have changed.....

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:45 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

They are allegations bright one. You and the Texas Tech athletic department have prematurely convicted Mike Leach of allegations. Texas Tech put him on suspension pending the investigations to the allegations. Now they fire him as a way to get back at the Balls to the wall coach that took this to court. Its not done Texas Tech will pay up 1.6 million and some other school will end up with what is a great coach. Im a TECH fan die hard but they screwed this one up. Maybe they should have waited instead of prematurely getting rid of Leach. REAL_ANALYSIS hmmmm i dont think so!!!!!!!!!!!

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