Mike Leach has been making the rounds – ESPN, The New York Times, AP – with his side of the story that lead to his firing.
We still don’t know everything, but I’ll say this: between these e-mails and the phone messages Craig James left with his son’s position coach (that evidently Leach saved), it’s starting to look like the pirate can make a pretty good case for being unfairly treated.
As for the rest of the players in this affair, silence might be the better tactic going forward. It’s certainly got to be better than hearing this from Craig James:
“Absolutely. This isn’t something we asked for,” Craig James said. “We continue to be a victim of something. Our family is going through a lot right now, far more than we ever wanted to go through.”
Or the admission that last year’s contract negotiations between TTU and Leach left a bad taste in certain school officials’ mouths.
And I wonder if the TTU chancellor feels as nonchalant today as he sounded before this stuff dribbled out.
Asked if a settlement could be reached, Hance said he expects the dispute to end up in court.
“If he wouldn’t reach a settlement to try and keep his job where he’s being paid $2.5 million, I doubt he’ll reach a settlement on anything else,” Hance told the Chronicle. “I imagine we’ll just go to court.”
At this point, that doesn’t take a lot of imagination at all.