... because Mike Leach has gone too far.
I've waited for this moment all season. I'm going to tee up the Texas Tech coach big time after he issued this statement on Wednesday. It seems he was peeved that quarterback Graham Harrell wasn't named as a Heisman finalist.
"If Graham is not invited to the Heisman, they ought to quit giving out the award. It is a shameless example of politics ruling over performance. The other guys are deserving, but he has earned a place alongside them."
Leach doesn't have a peg leg to stand on. If his guy wasn't invited to New York it was because of lack of trying by his coach. If Harrell wasn't allowed to talk to the media, we might all know more about him. Coverage = attention, Mike. It's a fairly simple formula.
It was your decision not to bring your star quarterback to Kansas City this summer for the preseason Big 12 media days. It was your decision to literally hide Harrell from the media for days at a time. In the two weeks preceding the Oklahoma game, Harrell spoke once to the media -- a conference call 12 days before the game.
Then when your Dead Raiders got smashed by OU it was someone's decision -- I suspect yours -- to leave Harrell and receiver Michael Crabtree in the lockerroom. Biggest game of the season, two best players don't talk. That's beyond bush. It's cowardly on someone's part.
Harrell can legally be married, vote, go to war and beat Texas, however, he's not to be trusted to talk to the media? It's a big, cruel world out there, pirate. Your players are going to experience it sooner or later, despite your attempts to coddle them.
Graham, if you're mad, please blame your coach. Had we known more about you, there might have been more Heisman votes.
The Heisman Trust didn't do this out of spite. It was a sound economic decision. If the race had been close enough, Harrell would have been invited.
Remember, Coverage = Attention.