Leach said he might trade text messages when Crabtree’s taken. Otherwise, he’ll read the newspaper to see who goes where.
But actually watch the draft on television?
"Oh, hell no. I’m not watching it,’’ Leach said. "I’d rather watch golf than that.’’
Leach said his plans for today include sleeping in, planning out his May and June, bicycling if it’s not too windy, swimming if it is and maybe catching a movie at night.
"All of which will be immensely more interesting than watching the draft,’’ he said.
"That’s why you have practice,’’ Leach said later about Jeffers’ day. "It’s like churches. You have churches for people that sin. You have practice for people that aren’t perfect players.’’
I want to thank Chancellor Hance. With [out] his leadership I don't know that this contract would have gotten done and so I really appreciate his efforts in ultimately brining this whole thing all together. And I want to thank coach Myers for his help and support with regard to that and his leadership in the athletic department. Me and my family are thrilled to death that we're gonna be in Lubbock for another five years because it's become a part of our family.
The entire press conference transcript is at this link, but thought it was interesting that Leach thanked both Hance and Myers, although they were probably standing right next to each other . . . probably would have been a little awkward otherwise.
More developments are not far off in the dispute between Texas Tech and Coach Mike Leach.
The Athletic Department says Friday morning Gerald Myers will have a written statement on Mike Leach's contract counter offer. Based on sources from both sides, we can say that Tech's statement will not announce they've reached an agreement.
About the counter offer, Texas Tech did not release a copy to NewsChannel 11 yet, but ESPN says they have some details already. They say it's the same as the Texas Tech offer but without four controversial items we've been covering all week. Others tell NewsChannel 11 it does have some tweaks in the 4 points of contention Leach is not in the country. He's in Europe for a prior commitment.
Even given the sometimes contentious nature of the negotiations, Leach was very steadfast in his desire to remain at Texas Tech.
"Absolutely I want to be here and have wanted to be here from the beginning. It’s a great town, I’ve got kids in school here," the coach said in this afternoon’s radio interview. "No, there’s never been a question of wanting to be here.
"If we win 7 games next year I’ll be the winningest coach in the history of Texas Tech history. I don’t think the guy that’s the winningest coach of various schools is the guy that wants to leave. And if that is, then that would be a situation that would be unique to here, so unequivocally ‘NO’, I’m excited about Tech and what we’ve built here."