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Is Mike Leach losing his team?

Posted on: September 28, 2009 11:20 am
Edited on: September 28, 2009 2:10 pm
Twitter can be a good thing if you're plugged into the social network of some of Texas Tech's players. It can be a bad thing if the coach doesn't believe in free speech.

Star offensive lineman and senior captain Brandon Carter was mysteriously suspended indefinitely by The Pirate after Saturday's heart-breaking 29-28 loss to Houston. Carter is the guy who paints his face, has a mohawk and definitely looks like he'd eat your children.

But you have to look at various tweets coming out of Lubbock. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported that linebacker Marlon Williams tweeted on Sunday: "Wondering why I'm still in this meeting room when the head coach can't even be on time to his [own] meeting."

Leach met that bit of candor with an iron fist. He eventually told reporters all players Twitter accounts had been closed and seemed to threaten Williams with playing time.

"We've got a pretty good line of recruits that are fully willing to replace him," Leach told reporters on Monday's Big 12 conference call. "Interestingly enough, he doesn't have a Twitter page anymore."

Leach admitted he screwed up by not going for a field goal against Houston late with a 28-23 lead. The Red Raiders were stopped on fourth down and Houston drove down for the winning touchdown.

"[In] hindsight I should've kicked it, which is a fairly big botch on my part I would say," Leach said. "I should've kicked it."

Good on Leach for standing up and answering to the question. Still, Leach was pouting a bit on the conference call. It's easy to be everybody's friend when you're winning. It's when things aren't going so well when true character is defined. The media was asking legitimate questions. There's always some sort of mystery surrounding Texas Tech where media access to players is limited during the season. Thank goodness for Twitter.

There has to be a lot of frustration around the program. Texas Tech is 2-2, its worst record after four games since 2002.

"This is not how I saw our season," the Avalanche-Journal quoted Carter on Twitter before, it is assumed, his account was shut down. "I just cried like [an] idiot. I want us to be so good my last year and I feel like I'm letting everyone down."

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Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2009 11:29 am

Is Mike Leach losing his team?

Have you ever been a coach Dodd? Just curious, because players emotions run high after wins and losses. The OL said, "I didn't expect us to be at 2-2" and was obviously looking to vent frustrations. To take it out on the coach is a cop out for a poor performance and not only that, why is he taking time to do it IN THE MEETING ROOM??? Who knows why the coach was late maybe he had a good reason, but for some reason you go after the coach right away.
Last, Leach is beginning to reap what he has sown....he's spent his entire coaching career making weird statements, edgy statements, and calls out pollsters. Now the players are starting to reflect the personality of their coach and it is getting to him or maybe one bad apple is spoiling the rest. Point is
don't call out a coach who has brought a program up from the ground and given them a name Nationally, players have been spoiled with good talent on TT and I think the success has a few players on the team thinking they don't need to work as hard.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2009 10:31 am


Leach wasn't late to the meeting....why?  Because, the meeting doesn't even begin until the Boss arrives!!

If the coach says be there at 5pm, then that's when the players are expected to be there!!  Period!!  If the coach made them wait patiently until he got there...oh well, perhaps he was testing them and trying to teach them a little discipline, which is appearantly what this team needs right now.

Playmaker21....come back and post negative things about Texas Tech, Leach, and it's program...when Grambling does something special.

Dodd, no suprise...I'm sure that you have been chewing at the bit to lash out against Leach again.

Free speech  violation???  Pahh-Leaze!!  Twitter and Facebook are actually media outlets...just ask Patrick Swayze's wife and family...Everyone knew about his death long before major media outlets made the story.  These players are purely disrespecting the coach and program by going onto Twitter and writing these things.  It is no different than going on a Radio show, and bad talking the Coach!!

Coach Leach is dealing with a frustrated team and program...and I like the way his is dealing with it!!

Long Live the Pirate!!!

Guns UP!!!

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2009 11:32 pm

Is Mike Leach losing his team?

Do you know why he was late to the meeting? Unless you do, you really shouldn't pass judgment on the occurrence. There may have been a valid reason for his tardiness.
Bottom line is that there's no excuse to be publicly making your coach look bad like that. When players start airing out the team's dirty laundry, it NEVER leads to anything good.
What happens in the Caribbean stays in the Caribbean.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2009 10:23 pm

Is Mike Leach losing his team?

Leach is a football mastermind who else could have taken the job at TT and made this program actually talked about? I say if the coach does not want you to tweet than thats his call if you dont like it I am sure UTEP , N.Texas, Rice and others would love to have a former TT player.. on the lighter side of things ..everyone knows Leach is crazy and the first rule of running a cult is close contact with the outside. Could this be the start of something to come ???

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2009 9:37 pm

Is Mike Leach losing his team?

Dude - get with it.  Leach has the right to tell his team what they need to do during football activities.  What his athletes do outside of practice and team functions is that student's business.  Now if a student athlete displays off-field conduct or speech that is detrimental to the team. Fine.  Punish that.  But you can't go around telling pople they can't Twitter.  Next will be, you can't email, or have a cell phone.  These students have rights, and don't lose them simply becuase they want to play college athletics.  I don't want my daughter's high school team sending home a list of how they think we should parent our child and use some lame excuse of "Well its a privilege to play hish school basketball" so we can tell your daughter to whatever we want." Next we'' have (and do already have) employers who will try to run your home life with the excuse thats it a privilege to work for them. BS.  Total BS.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2009 9:01 pm
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2009 8:33 pm

Is Mike Leach losing his team?

If Coach Leach wants to ban conduct and speech that is detrimental to the team then thats fine.  However, banning a whole form of communication without regard for the content of that communication is a violation of Free Speech - Period!!!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2009 7:21 pm

Is Mike Leach losing his team?

Totally agree with you since it appears he in only for UT period and anything to make TT look bad he will try to do. I noticed this last year and you are right on. Do not listen to Dodd. He is too prejudice for the Longhorns. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2009 6:25 pm

Is Mike Leach losing his team?

Since I don't practice First Amendment law, I'm not 100% on this, but I would think there's an argument that the university, as a state actor, is inhibiting the free speech rights of students.  However, as I've seen in my limited experience, First Amendment law is riddled with twists and turns, bright line rules and multi-part tests...

Let's just say the issue is unclear.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2009 5:26 pm

Is Mike Leach losing his team?

A football team is NOT a democracy, and the players don't have any right to "free speech" whatsoever!  Off the field, sure, but as part of the team?  No way.  Twittering negative stuff about the coach and team sucks, and I'd dump both of those s.o.b's right now.

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