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Report: Leach fired

While the details are sketchy right now, ESPN is reporting that Texas Tech has fired head coach Mike Leach.

Leach was suspended for the Red Raiders’ Alamo Bowl game following complaints about his treatment of an injured player, later identified as the son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James.

James’ Leach’s attorney had filed a motion in court for a temporary restraining order that would allow him to coach his team in the bowl game.  The hearing was scheduled for this morning.

Now, obviously, that will not matter, although Leach and his attorney will remain in the legal system over an entirely different matter.

Needless to say, we’ll have more 411 on this developing stories as it becomes available.

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34 Responses to “Report: Leach fired”
  1. Cubano says: Dec 30, 2009 1:13 PM

    See ya jackass!

  2. ducej11 says: Dec 30, 2009 1:16 PM

    How do you get a job reporting information? “James’ attorney had filed a motion in court…to allow him to coach”. Um…you mean Leach’s attorney? This is simple stuff that one learns in journalism 101. Make sure you re-read what you are writing and you better make sure it’s accurate. I love this site, but come on now. I am not one of the negative jerks that post here all the time about much they hate this site but keep coming back for more, but please take at least an extra few seconds and re-read what you are writing.

  3. John Taylor says: Dec 30, 2009 1:20 PM

    Thanks for the heads up duce. My bad.
    Oh, and I got the job by blowing Florio.

  4. max says: Dec 30, 2009 1:24 PM

    This is some PC crap. James should be embarrassed.

  5. coachbronk says: Dec 30, 2009 1:27 PM

    I find it funny to hear Craig James speak about the integrity of college football and he brought this public to help the kids and college football. Where was his integrity for college football when he had his hand out while at SMU. He was part of the single biggest football scandal in college football. What a hypocrit.

  6. onedoubles says: Dec 30, 2009 1:29 PM

    Leach has been royally screwed. They didn’t even take the time to investigate and provide him due process. Shabby treatment in my opinion for the best coach that the school has ever had. Amazing

  7. BillR says: Dec 30, 2009 1:30 PM

    Good riddance to a bully and a punk!
    I hope he never gets another chance to do this to a kid.

  8. gator_prof says: Dec 30, 2009 1:34 PM

    The timing with respect to the bonus due tomorrow only further weakens TT’s case when they go to court to settle this.
    My guess is that TT will try to quietly settle with Leach. Leach could really put some egg on their face at the cost of dollars in his pocket by dragging this out legally.

  9. yeah-right says: Dec 30, 2009 1:36 PM

    Is this how you repay a coach that gave you the best season in school history… BS!

  10. ducej11 says: Dec 30, 2009 1:36 PM

    ah crap. Taylor!!! You made me spit (um, awkward wording based on Taylor’s previous statement) my pepsi at my work laptop. This is the second time this website has made me do that. My IT department is going to block this site from me soon, I can see it coming.

  11. zmcdonald says: Dec 30, 2009 1:37 PM

    This is crazy, I saw the game against Houston on Sat nite football a few months ago and Craig James was balling his eyes out over his son who never plays. This is because his son does not get any playing time. Leach is a premeir coach who runs a great offense. ESPN, the Craig family and Texas Tech should be embarassed by this whole situation. Leach will have a job in less than a month.

  12. Hong Kong Phooey says: Dec 30, 2009 1:37 PM

    I’m guessing there is more going on here. They wanted him out for other reasons and they got an excuse.
    I don’t know how he would go back to coaching there anyway after all of this.

  13. RaiderRedleg says: Dec 30, 2009 1:40 PM

    John Taylor,
    This incident already cost Leach his job, don’t say something that will make Florio fire YOU! :)
    Seriously…Texas Tech didn’t only shot themselves in the foot BUT BLEW OFF THEIR WHOLE LEG.
    Would love a lawyer’s take on how much money Tech is going to have to give Leach in the end since he was FOURTEEN HOURS FROM EARNING A $800,000 BONUS.
    Wonder if that was a factor? DUH!

  14. plfalzar says: Dec 30, 2009 1:42 PM

    @ douchej11
    “I am not one of the negative jerks…”
    No? You sound like it.
    “…make sure its accurate…”?
    Seriously? This is a news AND rumor blog, fool. Jesus. Please log onto and STFU.
    As for the story, unless Leach is certifiable, none of this adds up. Can’t imagine the school would can him unless they had a ton of evidence, but still…

  15. chargerrich says: Dec 30, 2009 1:43 PM

    Let me preface this by saying I never much liked Mike Leach (especially as a KU grad).
    That said… and coming from someone who was glad to see Mangino fired… er resign.
    What a witchhunt!
    Craig James should be embarassed. His son is a talentless lazy complainer who could not and would not have even played D1 ball.
    Did he have a single friend on the team? Everyone unamiously agreed he was a cancer and a spoiled brat who thought he was a lot more talented than he actually is (might want to take a DNA test Craig because Adam got NONE of your genes).
    Adam Jones as a spoiled brat who can live off daddy’s money forever and had no shot at a career in football just ruined a Coaches career because said Coach took a chance on him.
    After all Adam put the team and Coach Leach through, he is lucky he only got put in a dark room… wow our society has really gone soft.
    Here is to hoping Coach Leach goes on to resurrect a program while the spineless Red Raider “nation” tank for a decade.

  16. SouthAustin says: Dec 30, 2009 1:46 PM

    A&M should pick up the phone ASAP, BCS champs within 3 years with that talent pool.

  17. Terry says: Dec 30, 2009 1:46 PM

    The “injunction” was filed to force the schools hand. Slight miscalculation in that he was due to receive a bonus of $800,000. on December 31st!; should have waited to start the litigation process!

  18. Renoedge says: Dec 30, 2009 1:47 PM

    I hear the University of Nevada’s Chris Ault may retire….a perfect place for Leach to land!

  19. John Taylor says: Dec 30, 2009 1:50 PM

    @duce: :-)

  20. dvh1000 says: Dec 30, 2009 1:56 PM

    USF needs to fire Leavitt and hire Leach right away! Leach would own the Big East. Doug Woolard get your arse in gear, and make this happen now!

  21. extreme469 says: Dec 30, 2009 1:59 PM


  22. RaiderRedleg says: Dec 30, 2009 2:03 PM

    zmcdonald says:
    December 30, 2009 1:37 PM ET
    This is crazy, I saw the game against Houston on Sat nite football a few months ago and Craig James was balling his eyes out over his son who never plays. This is because his son does not get any playing time. Leach is a premeir coach who runs a great offense. ESPN, the Craig family and Texas Tech should be embarassed by this whole situation. Leach will have a job in less than a month.

  23. edgy says: Dec 30, 2009 2:27 PM

    I think that Tech was more worried about what ESPN could do to them publicity wise because James isn’t an alum and he certainly isn’t even in the Top 10 or probably 100 richest of the possible donors. I think that it’s time that the guys who pay the bills assert themselves and get the school to hire him back and let James and his little brat move to anywhere in the country but Lubbock.

  24. Sean Martin says: Dec 30, 2009 2:32 PM

    ESPN is ruining sports as a whole, not just college football.

  25. edgy says: Dec 30, 2009 2:37 PM

    So, who do you believe?

  26. David Shea says: Dec 30, 2009 4:55 PM

    Could This Be All About Poor Character, Big Egos, Agendas and Opportunity?
    I would have preferred to wait until all the facts were known before I expressed my views, but out of the unbridled nepotism and an unbelievable level of ignorance as demonstrated on ESPN’s radio talk that I briefly listened to at around 100PM EST, 12/30/09, ESPN has chosen to call the James-Leach incident as a closed case against Leach. So, I decided to weigh in with another possible scenario.
    This whole situation defies common sense. First, on so many levels no coach in his right mind would knowingly treat a player with a concussion in this way, let alone a kid with direct access to the media. Leach doesn’t appear to me to be out of his mind, nor does he have a history of this kind of behavior as far as I can tell. Second, it’s unlikely that other parties to the situation would be complicit or allow these things to happen to a player with such an injury. No, this whole situation seems to me to be a product of poor character, big egos and agendas.
    Is it possible that this a case where (1) A spoiled young man with a big ego and sense of entitlement, unaccustomed to not getting his way, saw an opportunity for retribution and embellished? (2) A hovering Craig James who perhaps has not been permitted to influence Leach’s program which pressed on his ego causing him to impulsively jump on the first opportunity to nail Leach? (3) University honchos, who probably have their own inflated egos, who already had a strained relationship with Leach, seeing the opportunity to fire him for cause and not pay his $800k bonus?
    The truth will come out. There are too many people who have been exposed to young James’ level of integrity and character, and those who have direct knowledge of the events. If it breaks the way I think it will, Leach will be vindicated and will ultimately sue the University and the James family. Adam James will lose his scholarship from the only D1 team that apparently would have him only after his father’s direct lobbying, and Craig James, who seems to me to be the real culprit, the one that appears to have acted most immaturely and egregiously, who should have known better given his son’s history of questionable behavior and yet let his agenda and his ego take over, might just lose his position with ESPN because of a loss of credibility and abuse of the power of his position.
    One more note on Craig James and ESPN. In his nationally televised interview, on ESPN of course, he “sincerely” looked into the camera said “as a dad” he did what he did to protect his son and the other players. Give me a break. Has any other father had to step in as such during Leach’s coaching history? In my book, this is as disingenuous as it gets and explains a lot about where Adam James get’s his character. Finally, ESPN should be ashamed of being complicit in trashing Leach’s reputation before the facts are known especially when the allegations don’t smell quite right. Would it have pursued this story in the same way if it hadn’t involved a member of the family?
    ESPN won’t be sued because of the “absence of malice” argument that is impossible to dispute. I don’t agree as I’ve heard plenty of malice. Has little ESPN become too big for its britches? I don’t see that the James family enjoys the same protection. Their malice is obvious. No, I think Craig James and his son are already beginning to realize that they’ve buried themselves under a very large pile of _ _ _ _!

  27. RaiderRedleg says: Dec 30, 2009 5:04 PM

    Sean Martin,
    How can you say that about THE network that puts out such great shows like “Mike&Mike in the Morning” and The “Herd” with Colin Cowherd!
    Wait…Damn…You are 100% right…My apologizes! :)

  28. edgy says: Dec 30, 2009 5:21 PM

    So, who do you believe?
    No need to register. I *finally* found out how to get around that problem.

  29. LaneKiffin707 says: Dec 30, 2009 6:07 PM

    Adam James is a crying little Pussy, who is propped up by his father,Craig, who is Horny for the attention that he used to get back in his day. Too bad that the Dumbass Craig family does not realize that THEY will be Hated in the town of Lubbock, for the SHAME that they are bringing down on the program in general, and coach Leach..It’s only a matter of time that this Punk transfers to a small time program, where people will Kiss his rich Ass…

  30. lightningrod says: Dec 30, 2009 6:14 PM

    This player’s father works for ESPN as a College Football Analyst. There is a Conflict of Interest in ESPN commenting on this story. We have not heard Mike Leach’s side of this story.
    This player was not being punished. Mike Leach thought he was following the advice of doctors when they say that after a concussion, the person should stay away from heat and excessive sun light.
    There is a Conflict of Interest in ESPN Sports Broadcasters commenting on this story on behalf of their own co-worker.

  31. lightningrod says: Dec 30, 2009 7:44 PM

    This is very interesting
    These e-mails were forwarded to on Tuesday. They include messages from strength coach Bennie Wylie, inside receivers coach Lincoln Riley, former assistant coach Dana Holgorsen (now at Houston) and former players Eric Morris, Graham Harrell and Rylan Reed …
    Two days prior to the incident in question, I disciplined Adam James along with several other recievers. His attitude was poor the entire time; even with constant pleas for improvement. By the end of the practice, a few of the other receivers accepted their lack of performance in the previous practice and worked harder. Adam was not one of these individuals. He was last on all the excercises asked to do and talked and “danced” during the discipline. When told that this was unacceptable, he simply shrugged his shoulders. I continued to encourage him with no success.
    Bennie Wylie
    Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
    Texas Tech University

    To whom it may concern:
    You can find out a lot about a person after playing three years of college football with them. Adam James was a teammate of mine from 2006-2009. Ever since the day he arrived on the Texas Tech campus you couldn’t help but to feel a negative energy from him. He expected people to baby him and that he was going make it solely on the fact that his father was a very successful player. Coach Leach has never been a coach to just give something to someone because of who they are. He believes that everyone is equal and you have to earn respect from your coaches and teammates. Adam was never known as a hard worker. I can honestly agree with this because we played the same position and I witnessed his laziness on a daily bases. Adam seemed to have a negative attitude towards the football program the majority of the time. That negative energy is never good for a team and can cause some major problems on and off the field. During practices, Adam always tried to get by with doing the least he possibly could. Never do I once remember Adam to be excited or enthusiastic to be out there. It was almost like he was playing the game of football to please someone other than himself.
    Eric Morris

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