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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: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 4:24 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

It's amazing that the school that hired and put up with Bobby Knight would fire someone for the way they treat the players. It must be because the basketball team wasn't winning.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:41 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

I totally disagree with that statement.You do NOT have be to be a JERK
to coach an athletic team.Belichek shouldn't act the way he does either,
but he gets away with it,because he has won Super Bowls...

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:40 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Congratulations Texas Tech! Fire your coach that took you to bowl games in every season he was coaching and was able to recruit players like Crabtree/Harrell and beat top ranked teams.

Nobody will want to coach their because if "allegations" come up you immediately fire them.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:40 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

As the story is only hours old and as the facts are not known, how does Freeman have enough information to form a reasoned conclusion?

I don't know if the issue here is with Leach and his arrogance, with Adam James and his prima-donna sense of entitlement or with the TTU administration for acting like that stadium out there on the plains of West Texas built itself. 

But I know that the story is too new and the facts too unknown to have an opinion that should be put on the record.

The only thing I am prepared to acknowledge at this hour is that I lack respect for the kee-jerk journalism/commentary of Mr. Freeman.

Well, I know one more thing: Some other school is about to get a big-time coach.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:39 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

The surprising thing here isn't that Freeman had a misinformed, poorly written article.  The surprise is that it may still be the best one he's ever written!

I'll even agree with him that this is a power play by the athletic director.  Gerald Myers should have "retired" several years ago.

Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:37 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

My understanding is that if Leach had signed the letter of apology, it would mean he had acknowledged that he had in some way breached his contract and that the (sic) university would have then had grounds to terminate him at their pleasure. This termination will probably cost them more and it should. Mike Leach earned much more for Texas Tech than his cost. As someone mentioned in another thread, Leach protected his players when they earned it. Being a football player is not a faculty job. Players are not tenured.


Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:29 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Good one mate, what you wrote made a whole lot of sense than the author of this article! What we need is a logical interpretation of what the situation is, not just accusing Leach of being an asshole because the guy heard it somewhere.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:19 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

"He sent out his lawyers and sycophants and attacked the player as a soft crybaby. "

What a bunch of garbage.

Leach claimed that he was not given due process.  The school was evidently trying to force him to write a letter of apology.

Soldiers fight and die for the right of all citizens to have due process and the right to counsel, amongst many rights. It is never ever appropriate to criticize any person from hiring counsel to assert the rights that so many have fought and died for.

That the school tried to force Leach to sign a letter of apology sounds strikingly familiar to what goes on in other countries that do not provide the basic freedoms that we have in the USA.

Whoever is right or worng in this matter, both parties have the right to due process and to a fair hearing.

You, apparently, would deny Leach a fair hearing because you think he is an a$$hole.  In the USA, even a$$holes have rights.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:12 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

Tark, it's Mike Leach on line one...

"University presidents like to watch battles from the top of the mountain, then come down and shoot the wounded." Jerry Tarkanian 1992, after UNLV's then president and still dickhead Bob Maxon drove him out, and at the same time (because he didn't care) drove the program into the ground. Tech fans can thank Guy Bailey for the next many years of cellar-dwelling by the program that Leach, not Bailey, put on the map.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 3:07 pm

The lesson of good journalism.

To attempt to treat the Leach and Mangino firings as things that are on par is asinine. Far from someone who constantly berated players, Mike Leach was constantly looking out for the well being of his players, and making sure they had the tools to suceed. I guess it sucks when the editors put pressure on their teams to perform, and they come out and lay an egg, such as the one you laid with this amateur effort. Go sit on the bench.

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