DTN's Top Four:
- ESPN Big 12 blogger Tim Griffin looks at what to watch for each Big 12 team.
- The Simpsons with a new intro.
- Rock-M-tology for this week.
- USC's Tim Floyd impersonates Pat Knight.
A Rally . . . No, I'm Not Kidding
As discussed last night, DMN's Brandon George reported that Mike Leach hired a public relations firm and said PR firm is helping organize a rally for the Captain from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. I have so many thoughts about this that I could write for hours, but I'm just going to let this go for the most part. I'll just say that this seems like a desperate move. There's no doubt that Leach has his supporters and the Texas Tech administration has theirs, but is a rally going to make Hance and Myers remove those items as stipulated from the current proposal? Probably not.
The DT's Adam Coleman checks in with the students' perspective, who are also going to join this rally.
LAJ's Don Williams sums up the current contract stalemate and I thought that it was interesting that Leach had comments:
Leach said Monday he doesn’t fear that he’s about to be fired after today’s deadline passes. Asked if he’s prepared to go forward with his current contract, which has two years remaining, Leach said, "I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. Yeah, if necessary.’’ Asked if he feared that 2009 might be his last season to coach the Red Raiders, Leach said, "I don’t worry about any of it. I worry about how I can make the team the best at the present.’’
And Texas Tech AD Gerald Myers said that IMG agent Matt Baldwin did not return phone calls on Monday, perhaps he was taking the day off for President's Day.
Myers and Matt Baldwin, one of Leach’s agents with IMG, did not respond to telephone messages left Monday.
I'm not sure I get this, RRS.com's Joe Yeager writes that the Texas Tech administration should get a deal done for the assistant coaches, which seemed to me to be the biggest part of the article, but then makes a plea at the end of the article that Mike, Gerald, and Kent get the deal done for the fans, which I do get.
FWST's Dwain Price, who I have never seen write an editorial, writes that Leach won't sign his contract today, but that Texas Tech should give into all of Mike's demands:
If Leach winds up at a college that's the No. 1 school in that state _ where he can hand-pick the type of talent UT and OU regularly gets _ the rest of the country better watch out. Only then will the folks at Tech realize they should have given Leach whatever he wanted.
Tech had its best recruiting class earlier this month since Leach arrived in Lubbock in 2000. Those players are there because of Mike Leach.
And if Leach isn't at Tech after next season, some of those same players will leave Tech because of Mike Leach. The powers that be at Tech must remember that.