"I don't understand Coach Leach's comments about Stephen McGee," Sherman said Monday. "He was named our starter until he got injured. I've always believed in Stephen's character and I've always believed in his talent, and I always will. I see him having an outstanding NFL career.
"Coach Leach is in no position to comment about my relationship with Stephen McGee."
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach listed quickness as Williams' best attribute. Leach believes that Williams would have improved his draft stock if he returned to Tech because he would have gotten stronger and tougher.
"He's a pretty skilled guy," Leach said. "He's quick off the ball, has really good pass-rushing skills. The thing he needs is to get bigger and stronger.
"It's not like the market is going to go down. The money only goes higher every year. He probably would have been drafted sooner. I just think as far as developing a level of strength and toughness, it probably would have helped him."
"Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy has a coach at this point," Leach said. " ... Part of the reason is he's (Crabtree) too shy to be like that."
Said Leach: "My definition of a diva is someone who's loud and self-absorbed. Michael Crabtree is the furthest thing from loud that I've seen."
As evidence, Leach noted that the tape he had on Crabtree blocking in the running game was better than the tape of Crabtree making catches. "I think it's one of the strongest parts of the game," Leach said. "I mean, to the point where it's impressive."
Leach described Crabtree as the "ultimate team player who would serve the 49ers well." As for Mangini? "Let's see how all those non-divas do up in Cleveland this year," Leach said.
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.’’
"The university treated me awesome,'' Harrell said. "I got a degree from there. I'm 9-to-12 hours short of a Master's (degree) from there.
"I'm glad to see they got it settled because Texas Tech is good for Coach Leach and Coach Leach is good for Texas Tech.''
That sentiment is shared by Crabtree, who has repeatedly been asked his insights about Leach's future with Tech before the school and Leach finally reached an agreement on a new deal.
"Oh yeah, a lot of people have asked me questions about Leach,'' said Crabtree, expected to go in the Top 10 in he April draft. "I'm glad everything is situated.''
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."
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach indicated during his national signing day news conference Wednesday that he and the university are at impasse in contract talks. Leach has two years remaining on his current contract, but two months of negotiations on a new deal have led nowhere.
"The money’s never been issue with the contract, not for quite some time,’’ Leach said. "The biggest thing with the contract is after about a year of negotiating, four items were presented that weren’t part of the original agreement and that aren’t acceptable, that we won’t agree to, so that’s what’s holding it up. But the money’s not the issue.’’
Leach was offered a five-year, $12.1-million contract on Dec. 4.
Asked if his and Tech’s being unable to reach agreement was used against the Red Raiders in recruiting, Leach said, "There’s some. Yeah, absolutely that existed.’’
Players, coaches and staff from Ole Miss and Texas Tech were set to attend a welcome reception Saturday night that featured impressionist Frank Caliendo.
Tech coach Mike Leach, when asked whether anyone did a good impersonation of him, brought up the recording artist who many think he resembles.
"Yeah, there is. Vince Gill," Leach said with deadpan humor. "I’m going to catch up to him pretty quick here, because I’m getting a little tired of it, you know? It’s funny, we did get on the phone one time and talked about how we looked like one another."