Mike Leach, my favorite coach in college football, was fired from Texas Tech on the trumped-up charge of mishandling Craig James' son's health following the athlete's concussion.
One man's cool, dimly lit room is another man's torturous electrical closet. That's the nature of subjectivity and spin, and I hope it nauseates the Tech administration when—after losing thousands of dollars and a shipload of wins—it finds out which version more resembles the truth.
I trust Mike Leach. His methods are unorthodox, but there's no way he was deliberately negligent. The man is a bar-certified lawyer! Have you met lawyers? How many of them don't know their legal bounds?
The Red Raiders lost more than their coach. They lost their personality as a team. Leach's lethal Airraid offense brought the Red Raiders to heights unforeseeable 10 years ago. TT held the no. 2 ranking in the BCS last year after the win over the Texas Longhorns in Lubbock, a game roundly considered the best of the year for those in the know.
Leach's mythy mind offered something unique, a brand of football that distinguished Tech from the more prestigious programs in Texas.
May the firing of the Airraid's progenitor—whose 10 greatest un-PC moments (with video!) are captured here—not go unpunished.
Leach made waves (cannonballs?) earlier this year in referencing his players' softness after a blowout loss to Texas A&M.
The Cap'n blamed their "fat little girlfriends" for being too reassuring and lowering their intensity level.
As someone who only dates skinny women that play on insecurities, I can say he might be onto something here.
Leach openly mocked a marketing campaign that crowned Oklahoma State's offense as the "greatest on earth."
The Red Raiders fell to the Cowboys 49-45 in an epic shootout that ended with Michael Crabtree dropping a gamewinner in the endzone.
You wanna crown 'em? OK, crown 'em.
One thing I'll miss about Leach (if no one hires him) was how good he was on the mic. Here he is doing the local weather in Lubbock in his signature dry tone.
There's too many good one-liners in here to mention individually. Watch the whole thing.
...At the same time, he could be unbelievably annoying. Make it through this clip and you'll want to lock yourself into an electrical closet, too.
It's hard to glean how happy Mike Leach's marriage is (or if he's married at all), so take his advice on dating with a grain of salt.
I would estimate this "human interest" piece on Leach probably cut 50 hours of illicit rambling from the mouth of the Mad Genius, but you can tell it must have been a ball to shoot.
Craig James' son could learn a thing or two from Leach's advice on persevering through injury, even if it is referring to the scars one receives via pine cone wars.
After a win over Texas A&M on Kyle Field, with Graham Harrell tossing the winning pass to Robert Johnson with :26 on the clock, Leach waxed literal: every once in a while, a pirate can beat a soldier.
Talk of pirates was never idle: Leach delved deep into pirate lore as coach of the Red Raiders, an eccentricity ESPN the Magazine unearthed in one of its video features. Fascinating stuff.
He really loved Texas Tech University (save the administration, which dragged its feet on upgrading facilities, bargaining for his contract, and a host of other coaching necessities).
And he particularly loved the city of Lubbock. Here he is spinning yarns about its questionable safety. Barring some legal wizardry, it's sorry to think he won't be there anymore.
I'm anxious to see where he ends up. Honestly? I hope it's with the Maize and Blue. We could use an un-PC coach like him to clean out our closet.
Well, not literally.