By now the story has been twisted and turned about 100 times. Somehow someway it doesn’t get old. One of the sources said Mike Leach called a trainer and directed him to move Adam James “to the darkest place, to clean out the equipment and to make sure that he could not sit or lean. He was confined for three hours.” Leach said it didn’t happen like that. James’s father, ESPN’s own Craig James came out and said his son’s story was accurate. This story became national news and Leach was fired.
That’s not the only part to the story and this one was fishy to all. In February, Leach and the school agreed to a five-year, $12.7 million contract. Tech’s termination letter said Leach was fired with cause, meaning the university believes it does not owe Leach any of the remaining money left on the contract. According to terms of the deal, Leach was due a $800,000 bonus on Dec. 31 if he were still the head coach at Texas Tech. It gets fishy at every point of this story and will only get better when Leach is able to “really” talk about the details of this. I am assuming there is some sort of gag order until the situation is fully done. Then it will get better for the media and Leach. Until then we know this, Leach is out as head coach and will find it hard to get another job for a while and James is still a Red Raider.
Mike Leach joined Joe Rose on WQAM in Miami and talked about his head coaching style, if he is thinking about ever coaching again, and the process of dealing with the high school athletes and their exposure around the country during recruiting.
Asked he is worried about getting back into coaching:
“You know I don’t worry very much. I try to do the best I can, be passionate about what you are doing, do the best you can and see where it takes you. At the years at Tech we won 20 games in two years and had the highest graduation rate in the nation at any public institution. You know administratively they had other agendas that went other directions and certainly that will unfold. But no, I am excited about football and the opportunity to coach again in the near future. I am just enjoying being with my family and being in Key West.”
Asked what he thinks he will be like out of coaching for a year and watching it on Saturdays:
“I don’t really know, I know that when I came down here I hooked up the TV thinking I was going to watch some of that. I brought a bunch of books planning to read all of those and I haven’t done hardly any reading and no TV watching. The phones rang a lot from people in all different directions and around this place you can get bored and just go for a walk or you get on your bike and just ride around the island. The news haven’t worn off down here and I haven’t had time to do any of that make sure you didn’t get bored stuff.”
Asked what he was doing different with the guys he was getting at Texas Tech that others aren’t doing in the passing game around the country:
“We spend a lot of time trying to make sure everybody touches, make sure all the positions touch it and then after that figure out what a guy is best at and then channel the ball to that guy in the situations the best you can. I think that the thing that we do is really just try to break it down and capitalize on all our resources. I think that has to do with all the space you have which would be as much as the field as you can, all the positions and make sure that each one touches and contributes to the offensive effort. I guess that’s what all the meeting and film watching and fuss is all about.”
Asked if he thinks he is perceived different through the media than through people that know him:
“That probably goes both positive and negative. I don’t really pay a great deal of attention, I just try to do the best I can and try to do what I feel’s best. Hopefully folks will follow along and you know I have had a lot of people do it in a positive fashion.”