Texas Tech Fires Leach


“Terminated with cause effective immediately”

Don’t mess with the ‘younger-James gang’. According to ESPN.com and the AP, Texas Tech handed a termination letter to Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett just before the two sides were to appear in court for a hearing on the coach’s suspension.

There are rumors abound in this story with different sources saying different things. Was TT trying to find a way to fire Leach? Was Craig James meddling with the program and pressing for his son to be a starter next season? Did the higher ups not like Leach’s coaching style and was just waiting for Leach to slip? Can’t wait for the rest of the story…

The December 23rd letter to Leach: Leach, who was fired Wednesday, did not sign the letter nor agree to abide by the guidelines set forth in it.

In the meantime defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill has been named the interim coach. McNeill was a four-year letter winner at East Carolina. He helped lead ECU to the Southern Conference Championship in 1976 and an Independence Bowl berth in 1978.

Uh Oh….Skip Holtz, Texas Tech on line 2…


10 thoughts on “Texas Tech Fires Leach”

  1. Regardless of what happened or how many times Craig James called and complained that his kid wasn’t getting his participation certificate, you can be 100% sure his kid will be starting next season.

    Oh, and there goes Texas Tech football.

  2. ^

    The most yards Adam James had all year was 28, the most catches in a game, 3, and one lone TD. I bet alot of his teammates are really pissed off at him. Might be good for him to transfer. Go play at SMU like his Dad.

  3. If it were me, I would def. transfer. You have not only your players (although might understand) pissed at you, but an entire fanbase. If they have a poor season next year, he will be the scapegoat, and since there really isn’t any way for him to prove much on the field anyway, it would be best for him to leave.

    If he doesn’t leave he will be a media target that will constantly bring attention to what happened in Lubbock, when I’m sure everyone there wants to forget about this dark moment in their program.

  4. Stupid things I heard on Corporate Triangle Sports Radio this afternoon:

    1. “Adam James is an idiot”. Maybe so, but I don’t care if he is the biggest goldbricker in the history of goldbricking, you do not do to kids what Mike Leach did to this kid.

    2. “This is Gerald Myers’ way of getting Mike Leach, who he hates, out of there”. Maybe Myers can’t believe his dumb luck, but Leach did this – his relationship with Myers didn’t force him to isolate a kid in a shed, closet, or whatever edifice it took place in.

    3. “This is not really a fire-able offense. Texas Tech should have tried something else.” To me, it sounds like they did. Nothing of this incident had gotten out until Leach did not follow through on his end of the internal reprimand. And if he wasn’t fired for how he treated a kid, then he’s fired for insubordination.

    4. “Tech is screwed – no decent coach will want to go to Lubbock”. Yeah, right. The program is not damaged goods just because the coach was loopy. If Skip Holtz was willing to go to Kansas, why wouldn’t he be willing to go to Lubbock – same conference, better program, football is king.

    Mike Leach may have been a deity in west Texas, but Lubbock ain’t Junction and Leach ain’t Bear Bryant, and this ain’t 1954 where you can do what you want to football players and get away with it. As good of a coach as he is, what Leach did was stupid and he will pay for it with his job. He will quickly be hired somewhere else and if the new coach at Tech comes in and wins 8-9 games next year, the page will turn rather flawlessly.

  5. Texas Tech is not a destination for college football, but this isn’t the end of things for the program.

    Most people don’t realize that schools like that have a somewhat different approach to getting players. They get a lot more JUCO players in those parts since the population density isn’t what it is in other parts of the country.

    I guess what I’m getting to is that all coaches there will have similar challenges and it’s not like Mike Leach was amazing before he went there. TT is just going to have to find another up and comer and hope they can entice him to hang around.

  6. From what I read the team doc cleared the kid to play. I’m guessing Leach was thinking he was a sand bagger and didn’t like his little league dad interfering in the program. That doesn’t excuse Leach in any way, but I guess it provides a little context.

  7. Yeah but Leach was ultimately fired for insubordination not the actual locking of the kid in a shed. Remember, it is never the crime itself but how you react to it.

  8. If Leach would have apologized and attempted to make things right, not only with this situation but with other tensions within the program then he probably still has a job. Something still stinks though. Maybe Leach wanted out.

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