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Mike Leach should just let this go

Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:57 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The Associated Press reported this morning that an appeals court has dismissed Mike Leach's lawsuit claiming that Texas Tech had committed a breach of contract  when they fired him in January of last year, and denied his claims for monetary damages. But not surprisingly -- given Leach's by-now famously stubborn temperament and own law degree -- Leach and his representation say they will file an appeal of the ruling, and hope to take the case to the Texas Supreme Court.

This may or may not be the right move, legally speaking. (This blogger is certainly no lawyer.) But in terms of Leach's coaching career, currently in a state of suspended animation, the appeal won't do anything to help get him back on the sidelines.

Because at this point, it's fair to assume that Leach's legal entanglements have become a major roadblock between Leach and his next head coaching gig. 22 schools hired new head coaches this offseason, and only Maryland gave Leach so much as an interview. For a coach with Leach's oft-stated (very oft-stated) desire to return to coaching and his impeccable resume -- exciting offenses, high graduation rates, no NCAA trouble, a legitimate national championship contender built in the relative hinterlands of Lubbock -- the snubs are otherwise inexplicable.

Take the case of Dana Holgorsen, a Leach disciple running Leach's offense. Why is he one of the hottest coaching commodities in the country, even without any head coaching experience at the FBS level, while Leach -- who all-but-invented the offense Holgorsen runs and has a decade of highly successful head coaching under his belt -- can't get a sniff? Why hire the guy you're hoping becomes the next Leach when you can just hire the real thing?

The only logical answer is Leach's reputation for prickliness and the ugliness of the legal dispute between himself and Texas Tech. As one official at a BCS-conference school told Sports Illustrated :
"When you're looking for the promise of a new day, you don't want to have to account for those cloudy days from years past," said a senior athletic administrator whose BCS-conference school had a recent opening but never considered Leach. "Wherever he is hired, it's going to be difficult not to have that opening press conference and those opening profiles include what happened at Texas Tech."
Leach may eventually have his day in court. But it looks like that day, more than ever, may cost him years of his coaching prime. If he's serious about getting back to football (and about repairing his image, fair or not, as an unmanageable maverick), it's likely long beyond the point where the appeal should have been dropped.
Comments

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

So if the powers that be determine to screw over this coach, they can screw over anybody?  These are the same schmucks that refuse to have a college football playoff...because of they're only thinking of the students and their time away from school.  But basketball, where an eventual NCAA champion will possibly play 40 GAMES..that's right 40 games..well, that's ok.  Even though say 16 of those games involve travel, which is time consuming.  
I would hope Coach Leach doesn't get a job in the next year and then sues the NCAA/BCS and proves what a bunch of hypocrits they are.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

Doesn't care about the health of his players?  He sat the kid out after a minor concussion.  He followed the protocol.  Especially after everyone questioning Cutler for sitting out after a MCL sprain, I don't see how you could say he doesn't care.  That James kid thought he was special when he could barely get on the field.  And Leach lost his job over that.  Along with the USF coach who built his program up, the call for "accountability" these days almost equates to a witch hunt and nothing more.  Head football coaches have a 80+ hour a week job and aren't going to waste time to coddle one player when there's almost a hundred other players to watch over.  They have to follow procedure quickly and move on.  One player who thinks they're above the needs of the team is a cancer.  Craig James's kid fits into this category.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

Leach is a guy who has proven that he doesn't care about the health of his players nor academics. There is no place for a sleaze like that in college football regardless of his offensive strategic abilities. It is good to see accountability alive and well somewhere. One would have to pretty stupid or jaded to believe that a second-tier ESPN employee can engineer such a blackball. It has nothing to do with Craig James and everything to do with taking on the liability of hiring a guy who doesn't care about the health of his players. Athletic directors know he is toxic.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

Leach is a guy who has proven that he doesn't care about the health of his players nor academics. There is no place for a sleaze like that in college football regardless of his offensive strategic abilities. It is good to see accountability alive and well somewhere. One would have to pretty stupid or jaded to believe that a second-tier ESPN employee can engineer such a blackball. It has nothing to do with Craig James and everything to do with taking on the liability of hiring a guy who doesn't care about the health of his players. Athletic directors know he is toxic.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

This is an example of a case where we all know Leach is in the right and the school succumb to public scrutiny and that loser Craig James cheerleading on national T.V. on behalf of his loser son.  But Texas Tech gets the benefit of the doubt and the law is on their side.  Mike, buddy, you're not going to win this case.  Just drop it and move on.  Don't let ESPN drag you through the mud; you're better than that.  Even if Maryland passed, you should still find your way to an ACC school.  If there's one conference that you could dominate by introducing a true spread offense, it's that one.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:56 am
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

I actually wonder if the suit against Texas Tech isn't the biggest problem, but the suit against ESPN is the real deal-breaker.  Richrod had problems with WV, Neuheisel had problems with UW, and the list goes on and on.  But no school really wants to be on ESPN's bad side.  That means limited television coverage and negative media directed your way. 



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:44 am
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

Leach is not very bright, for a person with a law degree.  How long will it take him to figure out these two facts.  First, he has NO CHANCE of winning an appeal in the Texas Supreme Court.  He may as well try to get his old job back at Texas Tech.  His chances of success at either are the same.  ZERO.  Next, as long as he pursues this ridiculous law suit, he will be blackballed from any FBS head coaching job.  He thought he was all set at Maryland.  The A.D. fired a very successful head coach just to get Leach, so Leach could sell seats.  The Maryland President overruled the A.D. and would not allow Leach to coach his Universities team.  As long as Leach keeps reminding University Presidents that he is a hot head and stubborn as a mule, he will remain unemployed.  Is it fair?  No it is not, but it is a fact of life.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

I am sure Mike Leach holds free career and legal advice from an online journalist in very high regard.



Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Texas Tech Sucks!

Texas Tech getting soverign immunity is just another example of how government establishments can do any corrupt thing that they want to: and they will never be held accountable for their actions.

I will make sure that I put away all of my Tech apearal as I raise my kids.  I do not want to indoctrinate them to such low standards for a school.....this being the school that I went to.

I think they can do much better than Texas Tech.  Now I know why I moved away from Lubbock.  The small mindedness and the world view of the people and politicians of that place is sad....very sad.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Mike Leach should just let this go

I think you guys backing Leach are wrong, and the article has it right.  But it is what it is...he's not going to drop anything.  I think it would be interesting to see him hired as the OC at Okla State to run Holgerson's offense, which is Leach's offense...whatever!  The Cowboys have a fantastic offense coming back almost intact, with the primary loss (Kendall Hunter) being well-replaced by Joseph Randle (Soph) and Jeremy Smith (Jr).  One and done, then promote from within.


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