Leaked Emails From Texas Tech/Leach Contract Dealings

Submitted by CRex on December 31st, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Dr. Saturday threw these up

They're a decent read if you're bored/interested in the situation at TTU. Leach comes off sounding kind of like the eccentric coach, smart but unfocused and high strung in some areas. The administrators in my mind sound like they're more conservative and stick in the mud types.

Check out Page Three, where they talk about plans to fire Leach at the end of the 2009 season. These emails were sent in Jan 2009. Looks like the admin was looking for any reason to terminate with cause.

To me it kind of brought the problem in to focus. Top football coaches have to be self confident, able to sell themselves to recruits and convince everyone their system is something you want to come play for. So they're going to have egos and otherwise be very self assured. As an AD at a top school you kind of need to stroke the coaches ego and work around him as opposed to directly coming at him. Imagine if some AD tried to mess around with the day to day affairs of Bo's program (or even Lloyds). Bo would have shut that down right off the bat.

It is kind of coming off as a comedy of errors. The TTU Admins have no idea how to roll as a big name football program in top bowl games, while Leach feels like he should be getting the respect Meyer, Caroll and all those guys get. In the end neither side really backs down and it just goes south.

Comments

Raback Omaba

December 31st, 2009 at 3:33 PM ^

Very interesting...it looks like there was a movement to fire him within the athletic department.

Let's hope that things settle down in our own house and we don't have something similar. Winning cures all Coach Rod.

Moe Greene

December 31st, 2009 at 3:38 PM ^

Interesting to read - for those of us doing contract negotations of our own in the coming year.

If any of us end up playing hardball at work - you might not want to know how little your employers actually value you....see pages 9 and 10.

Section 1

December 31st, 2009 at 3:46 PM ^

Thanks for the link. This will only get better. For my part, I found it absolutely fascinating to watch Texas Tech games. And if we no longer have Mike Leach in college football, college football game films will be the poorer for it.

I might actually watch an NFL team that hired Mike Leach.

acnumber1

December 31st, 2009 at 4:05 PM ^

The agent's cell number is in one of the latter emails...wonder how many calls he gets this weekend?

Also love the confidientiality clauses at the end of most of the emails...

Funny.

Huntington Wolverine

December 31st, 2009 at 4:50 PM ^

It just draws you in more and more.

Lesson learned - never put anything in digital copy (text, e-mail, whatever) that you wouldn't want entered into court or the public eye.

Wonder who leaked them? Sympathetic member of the admin?