The Mike Leach-era may be over in Lubbock, but we get a sneaking suspicion the story isn't.

The Texas Tech head football coach was fired just two days after he was suspended by the school as it investigated his treatment of receiver Adam Jones, son of former NFL player and ESPN college football analyst Craig James. Leach allegedly confined Adams, who was suffering from a concussion at the time, to a dark, confined space without the ability to sit or lean for three hours. In some circles this is an abhorrent act that demands swift action. In others, it is a quirky coaching style that is widely accepted as "tough love." Both factions will be out in full force as Leach's lawyers have indicated a lawsuit against the school is coming soon.

Could this be a better matchup than the Red Raiders against Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl? Only time will tell.


A university does not FIRE its head football coach, especially one who has been as successful as Leach, without there being either several large issues or one undeniably huge issue. I doubt that this single episode, based on what has been described from both sides, is the reason he was fired. There is either more to this, or there have been other similar/related issues.

-- bobbyc65

Leach made his own bed, this could have been taken care of with a simple apologie and acknowledgment to the university that he indeed was not a Dr and would stop acting as such.

-- mvkapfer

John (Texas)

Hi Mel, Have a happy new year. With Tech firing Mike Leach, what effect do you think it will have on players deciding to stay at tech next year or going pro?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

Interesting question. It seems like he's had support from the players in this situation. It's unfortunate. He did a great job at Tech. It's a bizarre situation. I never remember any problems with him there. All he does as win and produce staggering offenses. This is a shock to me, to see it unfold so quickly. I don't get it. All the facts aren't in yet, but something doesn't seem right to me. This is bizarre, to say the least. All I can say is that he's a great football coach and gave Texas Tech some phenomenal seasons, putting them on the map. They have some guys playing in the NFL who have done a great job. It can't be good for them going against Michigan St. These are Mike Leach's guys. This is a huge distraction and can't be good short or long term. This is not a historical power. It's got to be a huge shock for the Red Raiders. I've seen a lot of crazy things in my years covering the game, but this is bizarre to say the least. Full transcript

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