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Open Letter To Texas Tech's Administration

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 08:  The Texas Tech Red Raiders Masked Rider during a game 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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Richard UnderhillContributor IJanuary 12, 2010

Attention Texas Tech’s administration:

 

Your ship is on fire, and it is time for you to stop pouring fuel on the fire.

 

If you have damning evidence against Mike Leach, come forward with it. Quit telling the public that there is more evidence yet to come out, and put your cards on the table. Let the public in on your secret.

 

Your public statements have only served to harm the reputation of the school. Stop blaming this on Leach’s inability to lick your boot heels. That is what endeared him to the populace, so your complaints are falling on deaf ears.

 

If this was truly about student safety, please show us where he has placed students in harms way. Show us how the Adam James incident was just the latest in a long string of abuses.

 

However, if this was motivated by money and Leach’s lack to fall in line, it is time to save what you can and get off the ship. You have lost a large percentage of fans and their money, you have helped make Texas Tech a punch line in a lot jokes, and you have harmed future enrollment numbers.

 

“Any press is good press” does not apply to a major university. Bad press really can affect your ability to offer a quality education to your students. Without them, you and Texas Tech are operating without purpose and without cash.

 

If you do not have the proof you claim you do, be honest and issue an apology. What’s done is done, and you can not bring Leach back. You can, however, win back some dignity with a sincere apology for the way this was handled and a promise to not let it happen again.

 

If you fail to do this, just remember that the protests on Memorial Circle will be the first and last impressions any visiting applicant will see.

 

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