Mike Leach is just relaxing in Key West

February 22, 2010 – 7:30 am by Zach Krantz

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.”

Listen to Mike Leach with Joe Rose on WQAM in Miami

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  1. 17 Responses to “Mike Leach is just relaxing in Key West”

  2. Hang in there Mike. A lot of us respect you for who you are and for what you have accomplished.
    God has a place and a place for you and your talents.
    Ken Endicott- OU-’53 grad

    By Ken Endicott on Feb 22, 2010

  3. Thanks for the ride! I don’t know what happened last fall but do know administration blew the handling of the situation regardless of what happened.

    TT Grad ’99

    By Brian Thomas on Feb 22, 2010

  4. Keep on fighting Mike!

    By Mark Uptergrove on Feb 22, 2010

  5. Hang In there Coach Leach !!!! You have a lot of friends back here In Lubbock, that know you were not treated right !!!! The TTU administration, made a HUGE MISTAKE, that will I think, haunt them for years to come !!!! I personally wish you and your family the best, and want to thank you for all the Great Years at Tech !!!!

    By Lex on Feb 22, 2010

  6. Thanks Coach Leach for all of the great years at Tech. You’re an inspiration to sound so postive still have getting screwed over so badly by the Tech Administration. Still so many people digusted with them and wishing you and your family the best. Got Team Leach!


    By kerbear on Feb 22, 2010

  7. ESPN and TT really hosed you bad. Please don’t coach anymore teams that will play the longhorns. Go to the PAC 10 LOL

    By Longhorn Fan on Feb 22, 2010

  8. Love ya Coach! Can’t wait for you to get back to doing what you love! I will forever be a fan of yours. My sword is held high.

    By Carla on Feb 24, 2010

  9. Coach…thanks for the amazing memories. The excitement you brought to Tech will always be appreciated. You are a heckuva coach. I admire you and wish you the best.

    By Alan on Feb 24, 2010

  10. When the lawyers are done, and the book is written, Mike Leach will go on to greater things, and the James family will have egg on their faces. And Texas Tech will have a hard time coming back from their mishandling of this situation. It’s already cost a lot! How’s that workin’ for you, Hance?

    By JudeLDS on Feb 24, 2010

  11. Hang in there! The truth will come out. You were the best thing ever for Texas Tech football. It’s time the world of the entitled becomes moderated.
    TTU 1971

    By rpmorrison on Feb 24, 2010

  12. Mate- stay the course, I hope you win and win big time. Your time at Tech gave us much to be proud of and lots to talk about. Hope to see you coaching again real soon, will follow your career.
    Dwight Clower TT class of ’70

    By Dwight Clower on Feb 25, 2010

  13. I truly hated to see you go. Not just You but several of your staff. All I can say is when you get back into football, Im your fan. Also Go East Carolina!!!!! We love Ruffin too!!!

    By Tommy Dee on Feb 26, 2010

  14. TT football will never be the same. Now I am a fan of your former staff (Ruff, Lincoln and others) at ECU Pirates! Please show up there for a Pirate game. They will be thrilled to see you!

    By TT87 on Feb 27, 2010

  15. Mike Leach your the reason I fell in love with football! When I saw you at Oklahoma taking a team to the national championship. Then going to Texas tech and making three and four stars prospects contend with teams like oklahoma and Texas. When people hear mike leach people will know your the man who can better any player from WR to the QB!! Your awesome and tech screw up letting you go. This season will be a long season cause I’ll be waiting for a school to pick you up.

    By Bernie on Feb 28, 2010

  16. Coach, please move back to Texas. I think your kids need a good education(wink wink) and I would be more than happy to entourage you around my city. Regardless of the outcome, I wish you and your family the best.

    By TTU84 on Mar 2, 2010

  17. From the class of 1966: Thanks Coach Leach for bringing Tech up in the world. We will miss you and Ruffin. I’ve never had such fun with a football as watching your teams play. Anything was possible and the game was never over until the players left the field. Great example of giving your best effort. The next school that hires you will be lucky to have your personality.

    By Anne Hawken on Mar 5, 2010

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