Category Archives: Mike Leach. Yar!
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.)
Grab a plate and get started.
- As if recruiting at Georgia Tech isn’t hard enough… and what’s with the UCF placement service, anyway?
- Fun with numbers, SEC-style.
- Mike Leach writes a settlement letter. The addressees take up almost three times the length that his proposal does.
- How big time sports ate college life. Or, more academic whining.
- Mike Glazer may claim not to understand what people mean when they call him a fixer, but Jarvis Jones does: “The people that handled it, they handled it real well.”
- Year2 offers Gene Chizik some advice about hiring his offensive coordinator.
- Live by the tweet, die by the tweet. Not that anybody is going to learn any lasting lesson from it.
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?Mike Leach:
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!