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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: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:34 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

According to the reports I've seen, it wasn't about an apology. Texas Tech wanted Mike Leach to agree to two things:

1. A doctor would determine when a player was kept out of practice/games - without pressure from Leach or his staff.
2. Injured players were not to be punished for being out of practice.

Leach refused to sign this letter (although both requests seem very reasonable).

He made the kid stand (they cleared all of the coolers out once because someone saw him sitting) in a dark room for three hours. I don't see how that could be anything but punishment of some form.

The university suspended him.

Leach decided he wouldn't accept that and decided to take the university to court (again, this is an example of Freeman's point).

The University decided they have had enough and fired him. People can say it was to save the $800,000 or whatever, but I think it is entirely possible that they were tired of dealing with Leach. I also think it's likely that the University's legal representatives have made sure that they are more than covered with the "with cause."

Now, Texas Tech deserves some blame, much like other schools. The fact that an institution gives a coach, regardless of the sport, so much power (whether it's actual or perceived) is a mistake on their part.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:31 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Texas Tech didn't fire Bobby Knight you idiot...Texas Tech was the school that hired him after that dead Moron Miles Brand fired him from Indiana... When Bob Knight left T Tech he handed the reigns over to his son Pat...  Although you are completely clueless about your facts, I agree that the situation sucks in general.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:29 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Just out of curiosity, GoMizzou, how is it that making a player with a concussion STAND in a dark room for three hours can be referred to as looking out for his well-being?


OK, so they have all of these e-mails about what a jerk this kid was and how he was a discipline problem. They made him run stadiums with some other players. That is all reasonable.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:25 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

What? Craig James should be fired from ESPN? Why?!?!?!?!?

Why would Mike Leach not sign the letter that Texas Tech administrators wanted him to sign? They wanted him to agree to let doctors decide when players were kept out of practice/play without pressure from him or other coaches. They wanted him to agree to not discipline injured players for missing practice. He refused to sign.

Leach's ego got in the way here. He was suspended, but he wouldn't take that. He tried to take the University to court, and his attorneys started publicly insulting James. Texas Tech decided they had enough and fired him.

I have no doubt that the University's legal team has more than enough documentation to merit the "with cause" decision.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:24 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

So, stashing a young man with a concussion in a dark closet and leaving him there is OK?

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:23 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

One of the things that is lost here is that if you had a son and your son was subjected to this same kind of treatment, would you not take the same course of action that the James family took. Concussions are very serious busiess. That is why the NFL took the "concussio" completely out of the hands of the team and their high paid team doctors and put them in the hands of an "independent" party. If Adams James was my son, I would have raised hell too about the way he was treated.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:23 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Just because a person with a concussion is not able to practice football does not mean they are unable to fly.

Seems to me all Mike Leach had to do was sign that letter the University presented, asking Leach to agree to two things:

1. A physician would determine if an injury merited suspension from practice/play without pressure from coaches.
2. There was to be no retaliation against players with injuries

Both of those seem reasonable and, yet, Leach refused to sign. I think this column is right. Leach thought he was bigger than Texas Tech, much like Mark Mangino thought at Kansas, and the University decided to remind him who was really in charge.

I expect now James will transfer (this is the first I've heard about any request to transfer to SMU), possibly to a FCS (formerly I-AA) school so he doesn't have to sit out.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:16 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach


Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2009 5:12 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

I see where your gender is listed as private.  Not necessary.......we know.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:56 pm


2 guys to take RR's place at UM -- and Craig James is a wimpy jerk.

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