Recruiting at Texas Tech: The Auburn Way?
Sports by Brooks presents an interesting piece today about the role of prominent boosters in the Auburn athletic program. It doesn't require an overly active imagination to draw some parallels between some of their boosters and some of our own, although our boosters don't seem quite as financially committed. Given the statements by Terry Bowden (pre-CTT) coupled with the current Newton situation (post-CTT), a simple connecting-of-the-dots spans CTT's tenure at Auburn.
This poses a few interesting questions and introduces some new possibilities about TTU's current state of affairs. At the most basic level, it introduces the question of "Does/Did Texas Tech express a desire or willingness to employ Auburn-like tactics to further its program?". If prominent boosters and/or administration answered "yes", was Mike Leach removed for his unwillingness to use such tactics? For his inability to schmooze the boosters? For his lack of SEC-type recruiting skills? Did the administration get tired of resisting booster pleas, who might have begun attaching conditions to their non-ahtletic donations, and select a coach that was familiar with this environment? Did the boosters select their man from the on-set? If any of this is true, isn't it convenient that Craig James is available to consult such boosters in proper "recruiting techniques"? Is it mere coincidence that Roger's scholarship was revoked once his father had been tainted by the Newton ordeal? Again, these are all just questions -- some plausible, some not -- that arise from this situation.
I am not a Team Leach guy and I would have supported his departure after this season (this would have been his make-or-break season in my book). I like to think of myself as a Red Raider, which might cause some to label me an apologist for the current regime. I am not trying to stir any pots and have no agenda against any party. I will give CTT my support for 2-3 years and then stand with an experience-based opinion. I am simply following this Auburn story, noting a few intersections with our program, and curious about the bigger yet unseen picture.