AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach ripped game officials Saturday,
suggesting the crew favored Texas, after the Longhorns beat the
Red Raiders 59-43.
Without naming him, Leach noted that referee Randy Christal
lives in Austin.
"I think it's disturbing that Austin residents are involved in
this. People work too hard, too long, there's too much money
invested in these games to allow that," Leach said.
"Am I condemning the crew? Hell yeah, I'm condemning the
crew," Leach said.
Big 12 official spokesman Bob Burda did not immediately respond
to telephone messages seeking comment. Leach's rant will likely
draw a fine from the league and possibly a suspension.
Leach was upset officials disallowed two Tech touchdowns in the
third quarter. The first was overruled when video replay clearly
showed the receiver let the ball hit the ground. On the next play,
a touchdown pass was negated by a holding penalty. Leach also
wanted, but didn't get, a flag for roughing the quarterback.
"Unless this can change, the Big 12 Conference needs to take a
serious look at having out of conference officials officiate the
Texas Tech-Texas games and perhaps other games where there is
proven to be a bias by officiating," he said. "It's unfortunate
and does the bowl picture enter into it? I don't know. Does the
money enter into it? I don't know."
Leach's rant lasted for several minutes.
"It may be incompetence, bias, I don't know. Maybe it's
something as simple as guys sitting over the water cooler at their
office in Austin talking about how the great game they're going to
see -- and then perhaps a preconceived notion develops as to how
it's going to come out," he said.
Asked if expects to be punished by the league for his remarks,
Leach said, "I expect to be coaching. I don't know what will
happen but I'm not standing for this."