Hance, Leach joked about Tech coach's strategy

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Mike Leach's proclivity for gambling provided some levity during the tense contract negotiations Thursday afternoon with Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance.

"Mike has a great sense of humor," Hance said, chuckling. "I told him it was fourth-and-long and he said he went for it a lot. But I told him he didn't want to get sacked."

The contract meetings picked up after Leach and Hance met without other representatives present on Thursday.

"We had a good visit and he's a good guy," Hance said. "We had a long meeting, but the negotiating only lasted about 10 or 15 minutes."

Hance, a legendary West Texas politician who once beat former President George W. Bush in a congressional race in the 1970s, said the intense interest in negotiations was a little like politics.

"We've got a lot of great fans," Hance said. "I heard from some of them. It reminds me of my years in politics. They are a lot more vociferous after 10 or 11 at night, and their spelling isn't as good in their e-mails the later it goes."