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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: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:51 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

He denied his request to transfer. Im guessing he wanted to transfer to get more playing time? If so, then why didnt Leach let him go? Why keep someone there who you as a coach obviously feel doesnt deserve more playing time (or anything of that nature)? Why hold him/her back from seeking success elsewhere? That seems even more cowardly and malicious than anything else mentioned. You'd rather hold someone back and force them to deal with being a bench player on your team rather than let them go somewhere else and get playing time there? Why not just grant him the request to transfer? Obviously he doest want to play there or play for you, so why would you want them on the team anyway? Makes absolutely no sense. Something is missing.

You have to think, as an individual, that if you were going to school you want to do what's in your best interests, and whats best for your own future. Period. I think it's simpler than everyone makes it out to be.

If it was me, and i risked losing a scholarship because a coach didnt want to play me, or whatever the reason, i would try to go somewhere else or do what i had to do to keep the scholarship as well.

I dont think either tactics by either the coach or the player are very admirable, if anything they're both cowards for behaving like 5 year olds.

It basically amounted to a power struggle. Both wanted to be d-bags about it and see who could get who to break.

Now one guy is fired, the other looks like a daddy's boy to the whole nation.

Leach will get a job somewhere else and will still make more money than 99.9% of the people who read CBS, meanwhile the other guy look like a crybaby and will have a harder time getting a roster spot elsewhere.

I guess, it seems Leach won, however he will lose a decent amount of respect in his professional community and among his peers as well.

Both loose, both suck.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:51 pm

Are you all really this stupid

I don't care if he has a concusion or not.....NO ONE HAS the right to put you in a electrical closet with no chair...Why not just send him to jail for 3 hours....AND I AM A Leach fan...

Leach screwed up...he pays....

All you idiots that see nothing wrong with this, then you deserve to be put in solitate prision for 3 hours...What a bunch if idiots...and the author if this should be anal_bait

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:50 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

As a disgruntled Maryland Terrapin Alum, I just have this to say: Mike Leach, the Terps need you brother! You can bring that high flying power house of an offense up to Colleg Park anytime my friend. The days of the Fridge are numbered, and while we appreciate his contributions, he ain't getting it done Kemosabe(sp?). Just take the interstate over to 95 North and take that baby all the way to the Capital Beltway and follow the signs. I'll send an escort to show you the way (any kind of escort you want Big Guy). We Maryland Alum like winners and are not fond of whiners.

One of the earlier posts is correct. TT is losing a big time coach and some other program (which I'm sorry to say will probably not be Maryland) is going to snatch him up. The speed at which this guy was fired makes me think there was more to this situation than this James kid. Either there's more out there than this one incident, or some other parties higher up the food chain have it in for this guy; or both. It's just all happening considerably too fast.

Come on us put the FEAR back in the Turtle :)!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:47 pm
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Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:42 pm

Who are you?

Are you a reporter?
Did you talk to anyone in the State of Texas for your story?
Can you confirm with a source or a second source that Leach sent anyone out to attack James?
Do you have any sources about the power struggles at the University of Kansas or Texas Tech University?

From where I sit, you are a pathetic man with a computer and bull %$&? opinions. I "truly think" that you should take this holiday season and consider your lot in life and what your words can do to the real livelihoods and lives of people who earn money and reputations - both Mr. Leach and Mr. James. You are not part of the solution but rather part of the problem. Shame on you. But then again, "I'm not sure."

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:41 pm

The AD might have more power but so what?

Everyoe knows the AD has more power...he's the coache's boss.  point is you can flex your muscle all you want but we'll see how your job security is when you are back to be an irrelevant football team that finishes with 5 wins a season and Mike Leach is contending for a national title somewhere else with a program deserving of his acumen.

Texas Tech just flexed its muscle and threw out the baby with the bath water!

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:40 pm

Ridiculous comments

I've known Mike Leach for over 35 years.  He's an extremely smart, quiet guy that does things his own way.  To call him a "jerk" is incredibly irresponsible, particularly from a "journalist".  There is a lot more here than appears and Tech is going to really come out of this one with a HUGE black eye, tainted reputation and empty seats.  In the end, Mike will be Mike, and I'm glad for that.  This world is too full of people that "conform" just to suck up to what society wants us to be.  I wish more people weren't afraid of life and would live their lives the way they were intended.  Not as droid cowards with no soul or reality.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:34 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

You wonder why you are still in the rookie stage of writing articles you have know new news you are just a Myna bird telling us what has been out there for days.

  Where do you think schools are getting all there money to pay the teachers and build the nice facilities "OBAMA" guess again misinformed Myna bird its SPORTS. “If you build it they will come” not if you talk about it or write about it or show pictures of it.


  Please go back to whatever you were doing before you thought you were a writer. In the future, get someone else to write it for you and take the credit. 

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:30 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Stolen Money University?  Wow.  Did you come up with that one all by yourself?  Most likely, seeing as how it makes no sense just like the rest of your naive post.  I'd really like to know what money was "stolen".  What about boosters paying players with cars and cash is "stealing"?  It's illegal, yes.  But do you know what the word "stolen" even means?  Who, in the case of SMU, was money stolen from?  Did the players break into homes and take it?  No.  Did the boosters steal from people to get it?  No.  Nothing was "stolen" genius.

Amd furthermore, if you honestly think SMU was the worst cheating collegiate program of the 80's, then you are truly one of the most naive people on this planet.  There were schools then and even currently who were violating more rules than SMU.  At some point over the last 20 years, almost every last Division 1 program has cheated in terms of recruitment and/or playing players.  You honestly think your beloved Crimson Tide has never paid players?  Hahaha.  Good one.  I've got news for you, Alabama has cheated every bit, if not MORESO, than SMU over the years.  SMU was just one of the first ones to get caught because of a vengeful former player.  The NCAA handed down the death penalty to SMU because it wanted to make an example out of them and discourage all other schools from cheating.  The reason SMU is the only program to ever receive the death penalty is because the NCAA has openly admitted that imposing such a harsh penalty on ANY university is just too much and that they made a mistake in doing so to SMU. 

Alabama has received more sanctions for violations over the years than SMU ever has, so it's pretty funny that you think you as a fan of the Crimson Tide have ANY room to be passing judgement on another school.

Furthermore, you have absolutely no idea what really went on at Texas Tech involving Mike Leach and Adam James.  You weren't there.  You have no idea whether Leach is telling the truth, James is, or if they're both distorting facts.  You use the fact that Craig James was on the SMU football team during the years where violations were occurring to "prove" that Adam James is lying and is some worthless wimp who needs to sell insurance.  Brilliant.  Maybe James is making the whole thing up, and maybe Mike Leach did get a bad deal.  But I'm not there nor do I know anyone directly involved, so I have the common sense not to pretend like I know it all.  You can say that Adam James has a reptuation for being soft or a quitter or whatever.  But it can just as easily be said that Mike Leach is a notoriously pompous classless jerk who berates officials and players alike.  Neither proves anything.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:25 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

     If I was Ruffin Mcneill I would sit his ass. How can one sorry of an excuse for a player ruin one mans career. I think Texas Tech is using this opportuinty to get out of a contract that in the beginning they were reluctant to sign. Send James' ass to SMU we dont want him in lubbock. Protest for Leach its going to happen. San Antonio bound!!!! Guns Up Baby!!!!!

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