CFB AM: Texas Tech fans print ad asking school to pay Leach $2.3M
JUL 31, 2014 9:00a ET
Mike Leach is probably fine now with how things turned out.
He has a good job as the head coach of Washington State in a good league, the Pac-12, and he’s well beyond the mess that was 2009 when Leach was fired at Texas Tech amid an investigation into how he treated a player with a concussion.
We also know that some in Lubbock are still very much looking out for Leach.
On Wednesday, anonymous Red Raiders fans took out a full-page ad in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal to publish a letter asking the school’s chancellor, president and Board of Regents to pay Leach $2.3 million, or the remainder of his $2.6 million salary for 2009. “This payment for 2009 to Leach would help to finally erase any negatives associated with the University and would brings fans, alumni, and the people of Lubbock and the state firmly behind this new leadership of Texas Tech,” the letter says.
The people who purchased the ad and submitted the letter asked to remain anonymous (are we sure it wasn’t Leach’s agent?). Here it is in full:
Chancellor Robert Duncan, President Duane Nellis, and Texas Tech Regents Mickey long, Nancy Neal, John Walker, Larry Anders, Debbie Montford, John Steinmetz, John Esparaza, Rick Francis, and Tim Lancaster
The purpose of this letter is to respectfully request that the Chancellor, the President and the Regents of Texas Tech University consider the full payment of the salary for 2009 to Mike Leach. Leach was paid $300,000 of the $2.6 million 2009 salary which includes the $800,000 bonus that would have been due him for his ten-year career.
Texas Tech has a new Chancellor, four new regents, a new football coach, athletic director, and president; all who were not involved in the firing of Mike Leach. This request is not being made just because it is the right thing to do. This payment for 2009 to Leach would help to finally erase any negatives associated with the University and would bring fans, alumni, and the people of Lubbock and the state firmly behind this new leadership of Texas Tech.
Regardless of the opinion that the firing was or was not justified, the majority of fans and citizens believe this situation was handled poorly.
A previous basketball coach who was accused of player mistreatment over an extended period of time was paid over $486,000 as a buy-out for time left on his contract; time that he did not even work. Leach fulfilled all but thirty-six hours of his contact. It is the belief of this group that had there been a basis for the firing before the bowl game, there would have been a basis after the bowl game when the ten-year contact would have been completed.
The courts never decided for either party. The courts decided to uphold sovereign immunity which prevented Leach from having his case heard. Nevertheless, the truth from Adam and Craig James came out in the March 2010 depositions as follows:
Q. Did Leach ever tell you “I don’t believe you have a concussion”?
A. No, sir, he didn’t.
Q. You weren’t locked in an electrical closet for three hours, were you?
Craig James emailed Kent Hance claiming his son was forced to stand for three hours in the cold without sitting.
Q. When you wrote this email of 12/26, you did not believe Adam had been confined to the electrical closet for a total of three hours, fair?
Texas has pride in honest and integrity. Our word is our bond. Texas Tech signed a contract with Mike Leach and up to this point has refused to fulfill this contract.
Let’s do the right thing, the honorable thing.
Don’t hide behind sovereign immunity.
Pay Mike Leach his entire salary for 2009.
Alumni and fans of Texas Tech University
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Another unflattering detail about Jameis Winston’s past was reported on Wednesday. Two years ago – five hours before the BB gun “battle” that broke 13 windows at an apartment complex and caused more than $4,000 in damage – Winston and teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by the police after they were spotted near a campus trail with a long barreled pellet gun, which they said they were using to shoot at squirrels. Someone saw them near campus with the BB gun and notified police, who didn’t know if was a real hand gun or not before arriving on scene. Winston and Casher were handcuffed but eventually released without incident.
2. Auburn and Clemson announced a home-and-home series for 2016 and 2017, which would be awesome in its own right. But the first game of the series is more incredible because of the day it falls on – Sept. 3, 2016. Here’s a run through of other non-conference games that day: Alabama-USC, LSU-Wisconsin, UCLA-Texas A&M, Notre Dame-Texas. That’s not including any big-time conference game that may be scheduled for that week (for instance, Week 2 this season brings us USC-Stanford). Yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to start getting excited about that day of football 25 months in advance.
3. Oklahoma announced on Wednesday, when the Sooners checked in for fall camp, that incoming five-star freshman RB Joe Mixon is “not reporting for team activities at this time.” Mixon is involved in an on-going investigation in which he was accused of punching a woman in the face and breaking four bones.
THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
1. Iowa ran a promotion offering five random students free tuition if they purchase season tickets in an effort to boost attendance and then subsequently suspended the promotion because it may not comply with state raffle laws. It’s surprising the Hawkeyes’ ticket numbers are that poor considering they’re a team getting a fair amount of buzz as a sleeper in the Big Ten race this season. Come on, Iowa fans, support your school -- even if you don't get free tuition.
2. Michigan QB Devin Gardner spoke with Bruce Feldman about how the Wolverines’ offense is changing under new OC Doug Nussmeier and the new responsibilities he’s being asked to take on this year. I’m excited to watch Michigan this year with an unleashed Gardner. It sounds like the Wolverines will be a bit like Florida in the sense they could experience a dramatic leap in offensive firepower and production in the first season of a new era on that side of the ball.
3. Penn State assistant coach Herb Hand cut another recruit off his list on Wednesday, he said, because of what the player was posting on social media. Hand is constantly reminding those on Twitter that what they post reflects their personal “brand” and it matters. Wise words for anyone to follow.
THREE THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW
1. Country singer Kenny Chesney co-produced a documentary about Steve Spurrier that will air in August. I … don’t even know.
2. Enjoyed this piece from Pat Forde on Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, a great football player who appreciates the opportunity to get a free education. To be clear, I side with the players when the discussion turns to NCAA revenues and compensation, but it’s also important to hear these stories about the good college sports is doing for players currently. Nice to see a star player understand that.
3. Lost in the media days mix is the smaller conference’s events. Steven Godfrey went to the AAC’s media days in Rhode Island, and it sounds like it was an awesome time with plenty of food and drink and quality conversation.
* Will the Big Ten’s reputation hurt the Spartans and Buckeyes come playoff time? Stewart Mandel covers that and a lot more in his latest Mailbag.
* Oklahoma gave players iPads with their playbooks installed on them when they reported for camp Wednesday. Kicker Michael Hunnicut’s was, well, a little less robust than Trevor Knight’s.
Have a good Thursday, all.
Teddy Mitrosilis is an editor and writer for FOXSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TMitrosilis and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.