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The Saga of Mike Leach and Texas Tech: The Deadline Looms

Previous Editions of Our Saga

February 7, 2009 :: February 8, 2009 :: February 12, 2009

Us vs. Them

I want to get this out of the way first. It's easy to choose sides on this deal and I think that most people have, but I refuse to believe that this is a singular person's fault.

We can all pick sides here argue about who is right and who is wrong, but you need to keep in mind that it's no longer about you or what you think.

This has obviously become much bigger than either you or I and as much bitching and moaning as I'd like to do here, especially since I have this incredible forum, I think it would fall on deaf ears.

Perhaps that's a fairly apathetic attitude to take, but I'm convinced, especially now, that neither party is really acting in anyone's best interest but their own.  Texas Tech's addition of the four terms probably knew that this would drive Leach insane. Leach's counter-offer wasn't much of a counter-offer and they knew that it would drive Myers insane. You starting to see how this isn't about what you want?

And I'd also offer that as much crap that Gerald Myers is catching, he's not acting alone. He's acting as a spokesperson for the entire athletic department, Chancellor and Board of Regents. I can not imagine that he has absolute power in the athletic department. As stated above, it's easy to blame Gerald and make him out to be the lone gunman, but there's just no way that he's acting alone. It you want to criticize the entire administration, then that's appropriate, but to put this entirely on Myers is probably inaccurate.

But back to my original point, which that this is about you, yes, you, versus "Them". The "Them" being everyone else.

Gerald Myers.
Mike Leach.
Kent Hance.
The Texas Tech Board of Regents.
Matt Baldwin.
Gary O'Hagan.

These are the people and organizations that should make you angry. All of them. They are all responsible for helping tear down a program in the blink of an eye.

I would direct your ire to each and every one of them.

They are all at fault.

They are all responsible.

About that Counter-Offer

Leach's counter-offeras of February 10, 2009, which the media already has a copy of, I guess there's no need for Open Information Act requests at this point, the parties just start giving everything to the press anyway, doesn't change much, at least according to a statement from Myers:

"This ’so-called’ proposal is simply an offer for us to guarantee that Coach Leach could never be fired," Myers said in a written statement released Friday by the university. "It would cost us a maximum of $4.4 million if we wanted to change coaches in the first year. It would cost Texas Tech millions in subsequent years of his five-year contract.

"If Leach left Tech he would only pay Tech $500,000. Our proposal is a fair offer of $12.7 million for five years. Both Leach and Texas Tech would pay the same annually decreasing buyout figures. Leach’s agents’ proposal is not fair. We will not even respond to such a proposal."

Again, file this under "Reason Why A Contract Will Not Be Signed."

Making a Stand

I'm all about making a stand, but who's the enemy here? Some folks thinks it's Leach and his agents, some folks think it's the Texas Tech administration. The problem is that we're all die hard Texas Tech fans, but we're split on who is at fault and we shouldn't be looking at another fan's decision as wrong.

No one should question the loyalty of anyone if they choose Texas Tech or Leach.  There are arguments as to why both should admonished and praised. 

The parties mentioned above, have torn us apart. 

You can make a stand by not renewing your season tickets, but then you lose out on something that you love, which is Texas Tech football. This of course assumes that you love Texas Tech more than Leach, or was at least a fan of the Red Raiders before Leach sailed into town, and right now, you're probably a fan of both.

In any event, despite my displeasure over this entire ordeal, DTN and Texas Tech athletics is my biggest escape in life. This is where I go to forget about everything else that's going on in my life.

I don't want to give that up.

I'm not going to boycott.

I don't think this makes me a bad fan, just really conflicted. It's not as easy for me, personally, because I can see both sides of the situation and you're probably tired of me saying it, it's both parties think they are bigger than the other and they don't care what you think.  Leach and his agents don't care about you.  The athletic department doesn't care about you.