A 6 p.m. EST deadline for Mike Leach to accept Texas Tech’s latest — and possibly final — offer has came and went without an agreement being reached.So, what happens next?According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tech’s Board of Regents has called a special teleconference for Friday afternoon. The Avalanche-Journal says the teleconference will involve a discussion of the head-coaching position, while ESPN.com‘s Tim Griffin is reporting the virtual meeting will include, but is “not limited to the position of the football head coach.”Both media outlets speculated that the teleconference could end in the firing of Leach, while ESPN.com reports it could result in a contract extension.An ominous statement from the school’s athletic director, however, seemed to paint a picture much closer to the former than the latter.”Coach Leach has declined our $12.7 million contract,” Tech AD Gerald Myers said in the statement released shortly after the deadline passed. “We will enter the decision-making process and should have some announcements by next week. Our decisions will be based on the best interest of Texas Tech and all of its supporters.”What has become patently clear is that, regardless of the outcome of Friday’s meeting, the relationship between the head coach and the AD is beginning to closely resemble Joe Theismann‘s leg after its Monday night meet-and-greet with Lawrence Taylor.This situation, involving a coach coming off an 11-2 season, is showing all the signs of not turning out well for anyone, especially the fans of this rising football program.Then again, given ESPN.com‘s expanded explanation that the Friday meeting is not simply limited to the head-coacing position, could it be Myers — not Leach — who will find his head on the chopping block?I don’t have a clue as to the answer to that question, but I am certain of one thing: I’m stocking up on popcorn. This could get good.
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.