Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach's Firing May Help Arkansas' Recruiting

Blake StansberyCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2009

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 08:  Head coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Well it is official, Mike Leach has been fired as head coach of the Texas Tech football team.

Tech did not wait for his upcoming court hearing and instead just announced that Leach has been fired "with cause effective immediately."

Some love Leach, some hate Leach, and some love to hate him, but one thing is certain—it has always been interesting with him.

His post-game tirades are expected and he has been someone everyone looks to for a one-liner or headline following a big win or a disappointing loss.

Leach and Tech officials have not been on good terms even though he has helped create a respected program and established a team feared by opponents in the Big 12.

Just last season it appeared he was going to sail out of Lubbock on his pirate ship when at the eleventh hour, a contract agreement was made with Tech officials.

Leach's off-the-wall antics are what have kept him interesting and strangely enough they are part of why it seems he has had success recruiting some top talent to Lubbock off all places. If you have been there or passed by, you know why I say that.

No offense, but Lubbock is a hell hole and that is putting it nicely.

This firing is huge news for Texas Tech and the Big 12 and it stems from his alleged abuse of Adam James.

James is the son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James. The James' came forward after Adam was confined to dark closets for a variety of reasons according to all the parties involved.

Punishment for poor practice and health concerns have both been cited as reasons, but clearly Tech officials have enough reason to cite "cause" for termination.

This firing could have a positive impact on Arkansas' current and future recruiting for a number of reasons.

Firstly, Texas Tech under Leach runs an exciting brand of offensive football. Arkansas' Bobby Petrino also runs an exciting brand of offensive football.

So many of the recruits Petrino has gone after since arriving at Arkansas, are also recruited by Tech. A fair share of them have decided to go to Tech as well, as most recently as last week this occurred.

Secondly, Tech is located in Texas and so they have a upper hand on coveted Texas recruits that Arkansas and Petrino have made it clear they want to go after stronger.

Outside of the Big 12, Arkansas has more Texas athletes on their roster than any other team in the nation and the Hogs would like to continue that. This firing makes Tech vulnerable in recruiting, so Arkansas is that much closer to being stronger at recruiting Texas.

The current Razorback recruiting class is a "needs" class.

The Hogs are stocking up on defensive lineman and athletes capable of playing multiple positions. Tech has three highly touted defensive lineman committed to them that Arkansas has been recruiting in DE Scott Smith, DE Lawrence Rumph, and DT Donald Langley. They also have some athletes Arkansas recruited committed.

With the firing of a head coach players are going to step back and have to take another look at their college destination. Since signing day is still over a month away the players' commitments are non-binding and merely verbal.

The junior college players who have already signed letters of intent will also be allowed to chose to attend another school if they wish because of this firing.

So while Texas Tech fans deliberate this firing and begin to look to who their next coach should be, Arkansas will likely try to pillage and plunder the Red Raiders current commitments of those players the Hogs recruited.

Arkansas coaches will reach out to these players and show them the stability at Arkansas and make sure they watch the Liberty Bowl this Saturday as the Razorbacks take on the East Carolina Pirates.

Arkansas will not be the only program to do this, more then likely, every team from the Big 12 will start calling these players as well as will other major BCS schools from around the nation.

Texas Tech officials ultimately will be held accountable for whether Mike Leach should or should not have been fired. If what he did was poor discipline techniques or over the line, that is for them to decide.

But one thing is for certain, Tech will take a huge step back with the firing of Mike Leach and it will all start with diminished recruiting.


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