Imagine this. I went out for lunch today, and came back only to find that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is now out of a job.
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few days, here is how it went down: Adam James was a little-used receiver at Texas Tech. He is the son of former NFL standout and ESPN announcer Craig James. Because of this, he considered himself a rock star who did not have to give the full effort that his coaches were asking of him. He was frequently critical of the job that his coaches were doing, as if he, a 20-or-thereabouts college kid who just happened to be the son of a big-shot ESPN announcer, knew more about how to coach a college football program than his coaches, who had been doing their job for years before he came along.
Well, Adam James got a mild concussion last week. He was held out of two practices; to hear him tell it, he was confined to intolerably dark, claustrophobic spaces such as equipment storage rooms and electrical closets for the duration of practice.
On Monday, Texas Tech suspended Mike Leach for the bowl game pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident. Mike Leach lawyered up and put in a petition for a restraining order that would have allowed him to coach the bowl game. The hearing on this was supposed to be this morning. Just prior to the hearing, Mike Leach’s lawyer was handed a letter which said that Mike Leach was fired effective immediately. When this letter was read aloud in the courtroom, several Texas Tech fans said that they would not be renewing their season tickets.
Turns out, Mike Leach had a clause in his contract that gave him a sizeable bonus if he was still the coach as of December 31. In light of this, it is clear that Texas Tech wanted to unload him before this bonus kicked in.
The only way that things could have gone down like this is if Ashton Kutcher was in on this at some point. I am fully expecting him to come up to Mike Leach and say, “YOU JUST GOT PUNK’D!!!!!”
Seriously though, it seems as if somebody at Texas Tech had it in for Mike Leach. The whole thing went through so quickly, and at no point was Mike Leach given any opportunity for due process. Somebody at Texas Tech has been wanting Mike Leach gone for a long time, and when this Adam James thing came up they jumped all over it like white on rice. They especially wanted to hurry up and get him out before they had to pay him any of his bonus.
Mike Leach just got punk’d. That’s all there is to it.