Somehow, I don’t think Mike Leach is all that impressed with the back to the pro formation approach being taken at places like Florida and Auburn.
WH: You helped transform the Big 12 into the most wide-open conference in the country. But college football seems to be trending the other way now. Has the spread offense reached its peak?
ML: No, I think it’s gaining steam. So many teams are starting to utilize the spread to run the ball. Whether you run it or throw it, it’s all about attacking the whole field. I think it’s gaining momentum because you see new stuff popping up every year.
Between Auburn, Florida and Washington State, which school do you figure scores the most points this season?
I think we all know who needs one of these bad boys.
There’s always something to nosh on.
- Roy Kramer proposes a plus-one format that’s built to last: “Using Kramer’s model in a 2011 plus-one, No. 1 LSU would have played No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 2 Oklahoma State would have faced No. 3 Oregon in the semifinals. No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 7 Boise State, No. 8 Kansas State and No. 9 South Carolina all failed to win their conference. “ I didn’t say it would last long.
- The Texas Supreme Court shoots down Mike Leach’s appeal of his suit against Texas Tech on grounds of sovereign immunity. Remind me again why a head coach would want to sign a contract with a state school that evidently isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.
- The NCAA narrowly – and I mean narrowly – avoids having its new rule on multi-year scholarships overturned by its membership. There’s a fault line opening up here worth keeping an eye on. (And note the comment about the Department of Justice.)
- Mark Richt admits he’s checked out at least one football website.
- Kevin Sumlin kept one eye on the new SEC oversigning rule as he put together his first recruiting class at Texas A&M.
- Tennessee gets short shrift at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Not that the Vols haven’t necessarily earned it: “The schools gave up home games in the hopes of getting primetime, big boy coverage on a major network. Instead, the Vols and Wolfpack will serve as the hors d’oeuvre to the Tigers versus Tigers main course the following day. It makes sense for the Chick-fil-A group and for the networks, but it’s a kick in the teeth for UT…”
- This seems a little over the top, Nick.
Craig James is gonna love the “Friday Night Lights” movie if things go according to plan. Per producer Peter Berg:
“[Katims] has come up with a really great storyline that parallels what happened to Mike Leach, one of my heroes, a coach at Texas Tech who was unjustly fired and unjustly accused of mistreating a player with a concussion, which was proven to not have been the case. He’s now at Washington State getting ready for what I think will be a great redemption story,” Berg explained.
I wonder exactly how close that parallel will be. I bet ESPN will be wondering, too.
You want to know how toxic a candidate Craig James is? Chernobyl-level toxic:
“If you ask the average Republican voter… he’s remembered for the scandal at SMU and using his position at ESPN to get a wildly popular coach fired. He is by far one of the most hated men in West Texas.”
That’s not hyperbole. Last year Stefan Hankin of Lincoln Park Strategies threw Craig James into a statewide poll and found that James was less popular in West Texas than Barack Obama.
“It’s not that people in West Texas don’t like him,” said Mayes. “It’s that nobody likes him.”
Which, again, makes you wonder what the WWL sees in the guy.
(By the way, if you want to hear what Leach’s attorney said on Finebaum’s show about James, here you go.)
This is awesome.
Phone records, please. I sure hope this sucker gets to court soon.
Grab a plate and get started.
Mike Leach, settling in on the new job, does a pretty good chat with the Seattle Times. My favorite part:
Comment From Ethel
Tell the truth, Coach: Do you ever get sick of the whole pirates’ thing?
I got flags, pins, swords, books, hats, Mickey Mouse ears with Pirates stuff on them. A sterling silver skull and crossbones. Posters and paintings. I got 6-foot skeleton. It’s in storage in Lubbock. I’m still getting it.
As far as nicknames, as a kid, you don’t get to select them. Based on the ones I could have gotten tagged with, I feel very fortunate.
Ba da boom! I bet a few choice terms were thrown his way in closed-door meetings in Lubbock.
Meanwhile, Leach’s nemesis launched his first campaign ad.
Hitching your wagon to Rick Perry’s star? Who knew James had a gift for comedic timing? Kenny Banya approves. That’s gold, Craig, GOLD!
Turns out Craig James is a multi-tasker. Now that son Adam’s career is done at Texas Tech, dad’s got time to save the country and go after the publisher of Mike Leach’s book.
It’s all about the troof. Or at least Craig’s version of that.
The legal document filed earlier this month lists 27 grounds James believes the authors used to mislead the general public and make defamatory statements against him.
The document states, “It is believed the publishers … would have conducted a fact-check investigation into the veracity of the allegations concerning Craig James prior to publishing the books. It is also believed that the publishers may have interviewed various witnesses concerning the author’s allegations and statements.”
There are only about two chapters in “Swing Your Sword” addressing James, Liggett said, and the claims are based on deposition testimony and public records.
“Everything in ‘Swing Your Sword’ is true,” he said.
Lanning isn’t surprised either.
All the claims made against James are statements he gave in depositions and sworn testimony, Lanning explained.
Can you think of anybody else who ran for the Senate while pursuing a defamation case? It’s gonna be fun to watch.