The art of the hire

Yet another great Mike Leach story, from Bruce Feldman ($$):

When Leach was at Texas Tech, one of the defensive coaches he interviewed, the late Carlos Mainord, who had previously worked as a defensive coordinator for the Red Raiders in addition to being Miami’s defensive backs coach under Jimmy Johnson, left perplexed about whether he was offered a job. Mainord called Sonny Dykes, a young Tech assistant he’d known for years because of his relationship with his dad, Spike Dykes, the former TTU coach.

“Should I get Jimmy (Johnson) or Spike to call him?” Mainord asked.

“Nah,” Sonny told him. “Don’t get them to call. You should just show up to work like you’ve got the job, and he’ll get so uncomfortable about it that he’s not gonna tell you to go.”

Mainord did just that and worked as Tech’s new safeties coach, spending the next half-decade in Lubbock.

“It really was the Costanza approach,” said a former Red Raider coach.

I wonder if they gave him the Penske file.


Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!

19 responses to “The art of the hire

  1. Down Island Way

    Well, ya know, in college, they called me the little Bulldog…

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  2. The man quoted was a bit off. Costanza did some legendary stuff, but I don’t think he ever showed up to a job for which he wasn’t officially hired. I know Kramer did….

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    • Clarification…. Costanza DID keep showing up for a job AFTER he was fired…..

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      • Derek

        After he quit actually.

        Larry David did that in real life at SNL. He pitched a fit, said I quit and stormed out. Having remorse/regret/need of an income asked the real life Kramer what he should do. The advice was “just show up Monday like nothing happened.” And he did. Then he made a show about it.

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    • Dawg93

      This scene – kills me every time.

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    • 123 Fake St

      George interviews with Mr. Tuttle of Sanalac. The interview is going well when Mr. Tuttle says, “I want you to have this job, of course..” and then his phone rings. He takes the quick call, gets off, and says thanks for coming in without officially offering the job.
      George decides to just show up on Monday because he knows Mr. Tuttle is on vacation that week.


  3. RangerRuss

    Just showed up, eh.
    Is that wrong?
    That would explain Leach’s issues on defense through the years.

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  4. Texas Dawg

    Just another check mark for Leach in the column that says he is one strange individual

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  5. That’s gold, Jerry. Gold!


  6. Hunkering Hank

    There’s a lawyer at A&B in Atlanta that got “let go” as a young associate. The firm gave him 6 months to find a new job. He just kept coming back. He’s a partner and has been there 30 years.

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  7. godawgs1701

    Second time this week that I’ve thought to myself, “man I’m glad Mike Leach isn’t my head coach.”

    Liked by 1 person

  8. RangerRuss

    🎼I didn’t know what happened.
    But I knew it beat the hell out of
    Sniffing burlap


  9. Dawg19

    Or maybe Mainord normally would think he wasn’t a viable candidate but decided to do the opposite.


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