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Mike Leach is no longer a mad genius, he is just plain mad

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Mike Leech is suspended indefinitely from coaching the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/bowls09/news/story?id=4776848

I don’t really know who will come out on top in this one.  Either way Mike Leech’s career will forever be effected.  Apparently according to Mark May he probably will be fired, I agree that he should be fired if the allegations are true.  Though to pretty much say he is out the door already is a bit hasty.

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Written by Jon Castano

December 29, 2009 at 12:44 am

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  1. These accusations are serious, and although you don’t want to jump to conclusions, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which such isolation would be justified. The trainer will also have to be investigated and possibly fired. Lou Holtz said on ESPN that when he gets a headache, he goes to a dark quiet room. I know he’s just trying to look at scenarios in which there might have been a misunderstanding, but no personal trainer worth anything would treat a player with a concussion like a player with a headache, because someone with a concussion is not supposed to be isolated. They are supposed to be monitored closely to make sure they don’t pass out or show other symptoms. If these accusations are true, Leach and the trainer would find it very difficult to get jobs in their fields ever again.

    Austin Swafford

    December 29, 2009 at 4:06 am

  2. There was additional reporting tonight that a doctor concluded days after the second “incident” that the actions Leach took were not only appropriate, but actually helped James’ condition.

    Also, an request for an injunction against the school was filed by Leach’s attorney and there will be a hearing Wednesday to rule on it.

    I’m also not jumping to any conclusions, but this particular accusation does not pass my smell test. James was reprimanded by the coaching staff two days before he first claimed to have a concussion, and has been openly belligerent towards the coaching staff in the past. Being the son of Craig James, the ESPN commentator adds to the complication of the situation, and there is a monetary interest for the school for Leach to either not finish the season (potentially losing an $800,000 bonus) or to be able to fire him with cause (as opposed to buying him out) if they had intended to fire him all along. It just doesn’t smell right. Obviously, I hope there was no wrongdoing, and certainly no intentional wrongdoing… I feel for anyone who has a concussion, especially athletes, and extra especially football players, where the “tough man” image is such a large part of the sport.

    Stay tuned!

    zeekgeek

    December 30, 2009 at 12:00 am

    • The only doctor comment I saw was the one by the trainer that confined him to the rooms. In that case, of course he’s going to defend himself.

      This stinks on both sides to me. But here’s what stinks most. Those defending Leach are saying James was a malcontent with a lousy work ethic. He was grumpy and lazy. Leach and his defenders are also saying that James had to be confined to a cool, dark room with a guard to prevent him from going on the field to practice while injured. Anyone else realize how ridiculously opposed those ideas are? There are things in James’s story I don’t like, but I also don’t like Leach’s defenders going out and attacking James from any angle they possibly can. This is really ugly, and I hope we get the truth soon.

      Austin Swafford

      December 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

  3. Here’s what I don’t like… the university attorney hands the letter of termination to Leach’s attorney minutes before the scheduled hearing. That is, Texas Tech fired Leach the day before they would have owed him $800,000 for employing him up that day, minutes before a judge was going to rule on determining if he would in fact be employed on that day. They also are claiming the termination is “with cause” (where did I hear that term before, hmm?) which would void the clause in his contract where he would get paid $400,000 for each remaining year on said contract for early termination. That is, they don’t have to pay him an additional $1.6 million if they fire him for violating his contract. Do you think $2.4 million dollars seems like good motivation for some underhanded university politics? How about the fact that the AD has been disgruntled with Leach for more than a year now? Smells much worse today.

    Lawsuits pending. Getchyer popcorn.

    zeekgeek

    December 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm


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