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Texas Tech comes to its senses

Posted on: February 19, 2009 7:19 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2009 7:19 pm

In the end, Texas Tech not only blinked, it cowered.

Mike Leach and his agents reached an agreement late Thursday afternoon with Texas Tech on a three-year extension ending an offseason stare down that had turned coyote ugly.

Maybe Texas Tech finally realized it was ... Texas Tech. It had little leverage because it was a program without much pedigree, little history and teetered on the brink of irrelevance if it had fired Leach, the most charismatic and second-winningest coach in school history. 

The largest concession -- embarrassing, really, for Tech -- was Leach can now take another job without financial penalty.  The coach had been working under a $500,000 penalty if he took another job. In the new deal, the school was seeking $300,000 per year for each season left on the contract.

When the ink dried, it was decided that Leach will owe zip if he walks. Guess each side figured that's a fair risk. While Leach has played footsie with several schools, none of them have hired him. It might be that Texas Tech and Leach are made for each other: A quirky coach out in West Texas going up against the big boys with underachieving athletes who are barbed wire tough.

Sure, it's hard to recruit to Tech (especially defense), but when the alternative is unemployment $2.5 million a year looks pretty good. Leach sounded genuinely concerned in recent days that he would indeed be fired.

But after Leach missed a school-imposed deadline to sign the extension on Tuesday, the one thing that Tech couldn't allow to happen was to let their coach serve out the last two years of his current deal. It would have been impossible to recruit. Tech, Leach and his agents would have looked like stooges. A fragile program most likely would have wilted. It was either fire Leach or get the extension done.

Team Leach gave a little on guaranteed money. He gets $2 million of the $12.7 million, 15.7 percent. Leach's agents had been asking for 40 percent. The school's most recent offer is 12 percent.  Why couldn't this have been done months ago when Tech was riding the wave of its best season ever?

Two words: Gerald Myers.

Each side will claim victory but Tech was backed into a corner by bulldog super agent Gary O'Hagan.  The 6-9 O'Hagan is not only physically imposing but he's psychologically intimidating. The deal got done with O'Hagan in Indianapolis for the NFL combine and Leach hashing things out face-to-face with chancellor Kent Hance.

Suspiciously left out of the negotiations was Myers, the athletic director. He played too hard a hand, bluffed with a pair of 2s. Myers' amateurish bravado cost Texas Tech its good reputation. In time, that can be repaired. It almost cost Tech its football program, the biggest athletic money maker. This episode is probably going to cost Myers his job.

The stands were full. The facilities were improved. Texas Tech was a national story from the New York Times to "60 Minutes". Myers was about to run off the man who made it possible. You don't get taken behind a corrugated metal shed and pimp slapped in West Texas without losing something more than pride.




Category: NCAAF
Tags: Texas Tech

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2009 7:34 am

Texas Tech comes to its senses

Sounds to me as if Myers is not going anywhere.  You can't convince me that these AD's are not being dictated to by the University and College higher ups in matters such as these.   It is like that everywhere.  This whole episode was called negotiating and how much each side could get away with each other.  Sounds to me that both sides won.  However, now we have to analyze who's "egos" are bruised.  Please.  

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2009 3:29 am

Texas Tech comes to its senses

Myers is as dumb as dirt. If he ever thought of dismissing Leach then his decicions are as dumb as drafting 3 recievers in 4 years. Hello Lions. He might get a job at Cal Tech poly for trying to run Leach out of town.


Wreck em Tech



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 8:53 pm

Texas Tech comes to its senses

Here is the truth and what I think you meant to write....

"Suspiciously left out of the negotiations was Myers, the athletic director, and Gary O'Hagan, Leach's agent.  Both parties who were not present are the reason it took so long to get this deal done.  This was a mano-y-mano deal between Leach and Hance, the University's chancellor."

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 8:33 pm

Texas Tech comes to its senses

If they don't fire Myers...Leach will probably end up somewhere else anyway.

Hope not.  Wreck em Tech!


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