What’s owed is owed.

Mike Leach isn’t ready to let go yet.

Mike Leach hasn’t forgotten about the money he feels Texas Tech still owes him.

The Mississippi State football coach was fired in 2009 after the Red Raiders said he mistreated Adam James, a player who had suffered a concussion, by putting him in an electrical closet for hours. Leach has disputed that account over the years, but Texas Tech still fired him for cause — negating much of a five-year, $12.7 million contract signed in February 2009.

But Leach feels he’s owed some of that money. If he had remained at Texas Tech on Dec. 31, 2009 — a day after Leach was fired — he would have received an $800,000 bonus. All these years later, as Leach prepares Mississippi State to play Texas Tech in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 28, Leach is still waiting for a check.

“You know, great school,” Leach said Saturday. “I’ve got great memories there. They still owe me for 2009, the last time they won nine games, so maybe they’ll deliver the check. So we’ll see what happens there.”

I doubt it, but is there any doubt a winning Mike Leach won’t raise the point again in a post-game interview?  Hell, for good measure, he might bring it up walking off the field at halftime.

20 Comments

Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!

20 responses to “What’s owed is owed.

  1. Hell, he’ll probably start using play-calling signs just for this game that say, “Pay Mike the Money” and then have dollar signs, maybe a photo of Deion Sanders with his dollar-sign necklace, and then actual dollar bills in the fourth quadrant.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    why doesn’t he just bring a lawsuit- otherwise he is just hot air

    Liked by 2 people

    • Down Island Way

      Then he would have to complain about something else…like, why it’s not a big deal when coaches break their contractual agreement with their current employer to receive more bank at another institution of higher pay check before the bowl game…

      Liked by 1 person

    • ASEF

      He did sue. Suit dismissed under theory Texas Tech was an arm of the state, and the State couldn’t be sued. Leach appealed it all the way up to the Texas SC, no avail. He then sued ESPN, James, and a smattering of other entities, which was dismissed by the judge.

      So much for Leach the Lawyer.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. RangerRuss

    Being screwed out of one or two million bucks has a tendency to remain in the recesses of one’s mind. Unrelated conversations aren’t the best time to mention said screw job unless it’s part of an agenda. No matter how much one has, $1.6 million will always be missed.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. The Red Raiders gave up 50+ 3x this year including 70 to Texas (when everyone thought Texas was back again and Sark was the savior).

    I guess the Pirate is going to be looking to hang 50 on his former employer in the 1st half if possible.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. ASEF

    Everyone’s kind of forgotten their last bowl game ended with a really ugly sequence of events. Basically some cheap shots and a brawl This one seems maybe headed down the same path.

    Like

  6. W Cobb Dawg

    This story practically writes itself as a ‘Get Shorty’ sequel. TT should tell Leach his money is in an airport locker…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Tony BarnFart

    Good. A barn burner with 100 points in a meaningless bowl on December 28th is, frankly, exactly what the world needs.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. pdawg30577

    Fuck Mike Leach. I can’t understand what anybody sees in him or likes in him. He’s not an especially great coach, and a bellowing-loud, gaping asshole.

    Like

    • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

      He’s an offensive genius of sorts Xs and Os wise but with serious shortcomings. I think of him as a passing game version of Fishfry Johnson.

      Like

    • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

      He’s an offensive genius of sorts Xs and Os wise but with serious shortcomings. I think of him as a passing game version of Fishfry Johnson.

      Like

  9. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    Leach was right at the time and he’s right now. TT owes him. The “for cause” firing was trumped up and would not stand up in front of a jury so instead the TT lawyers relied on a bogus claim of “governmental immunity” (a tort concept) to avoid paying the buyout.

    Like