Uncertain Future For Team Leach

Richard UnderhillContributor IJanuary 17, 2010

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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During Thursday’s “Reach for Leach” rally on Texas Tech’s campus, leaders of Team Leach promised to keep the pressure on the administration. They told attendees that they would not rest until the truth was brought to light.


These statements may have been hot air blowing in the West Texas wind.


“A couple students may hold some events in the free speech area on campus. Outside of that, we have not had discussions on further campus events,” answered a Team Leach administrator when asked about further on-campus actions.


With more than 60,000 members in the ranks and thousands of dollars raised, was there nothing planned past a few billboards, commercials, and a 600 person rally?


The same administrator confirmed that there is no official Team Leach rally at the courthouse Wednesday. This hearing will decide if Texas Tech can escape Mike Leach's lawsuit under the shield of sovereign immunity.


What better time to have Team Leach members vocalize their belief that the University is trying to cover their tracks?


“Right now, the trial will keep this issue in the spotlight, at least through Wednesday. We have a plan, but that plan is fluid because everything on the ground keeps changing,” said the administrator.


If Team Leach wants more than a bit part in the unfolding drama, they need to stay in the public eye. Writing messages on a Facebook group wall will not further their cause.


They must flood radio call in shows with their message, enlist local businesses to post Team Leach posters in their windows, and they must demonstrate at any public forum that will have them.


As a fictional President said in a science fiction movie, “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive!”


Fight, Raiders, Fight!