Given the allegations, the parties involved and the manner in which things played out over the last 48 hours, it’s no surprise that the Mike Leach firing is the topic du jour in the college sports world. After surfing the web, I have a few thoughts.
- Mike Leach is something of a media darling, so you have to give the James family credit for using the same media to get their side of the story out. (It helps to have a famous dad employed by ESPN.) And, hey, Leach is out of a job, so it worked. I suspect Adam James’ next head coach is going to tread very lightly in his direction.
- Speaking of Adam, this makes me wonder where a football player carries his cell phone at practice.
- Dennis Dodd makes an entirely appropriate point about common human decency. I’d probably accept it at face value, too, if the school hadn’t rushed to fire Leach the day before he stood to earn an $800 thousand bonus.
- Leach’s public statement contains this impressive set of facts: “When I arrived at Texas Tech, the football program was on NCAA probation and the graduation rate was far below the national average. However, in the past 10 years, Tech has been to 10 straight bowl games, has the third best record in the Big 12 Conference, and has the highest graduation rate for football players of any public institution in the country.” Do the powers-that-be at Texas Tech really believe the next coaching hire will do as well? If not, how do you let things get so far off track?
- On the other hand, a Texas attorney asks an equally good question of Leach: “Just how does someone as successful and intelligent as Leach lose one of the 20 or so highest-paying jobs in big-time college football?”
Lots of pig-headed stupidity to go around on this one, it seems like. And contrary to Gregg Doyel’s take-it-from-an-asshole,-they’re-all-assholes-in-this piece, there is a big loser in this mess: the Texas Tech fan base. They’re in some real pain.