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Rock Mamola

Producer/Host on WSCR 670AM The Score.

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Talk about a bizarre story to end the decade.
 
Yesterday Texas Tech University fired its head football coach Mike Leach after allegations of mistreatment of player Adam James (who is the son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James).  Leach allegedly ordered James to stand in a dark shed away from practice because Leach believed James was faking a concussion.  Leach had James under the watch of others and told the people watching James to not let him sit down.
 
Now in the grand scheme of things this treatment of James doesn't sound too harsh to me.  If James indeed had a concussion, I am sure that there were proper procedures taken to make sure if he did or not.  With the recent discussions by both the NFL and NCAA on how to handle players who suffer concussions, I am sure the right steps were taken.  
 
Now if they were not....that's a big problem and that is a reason for termination.

It's interesting to me however how the players of the Red Raiders have reacted to the firing.   
 
Defensive Lineman Chris Perry
"I have no complaints about this decision, [Leach] put Adam [James] in a shed like an animal. Like an animal in a cage. That was bull."
 
Cornerback Taylor Charbonnet
"The players make this team, not one coach. As Adam's friend, I didn't like it at all what [Leach] did. He was my brother, and I didn't agree with it. ... I know we are fully behind coach Ruffin. We love and support him."  
 
Wide receiver Tramain Swindall told the Associated Press he supported the decision to fire Leach and said he felt the coach was at times out of line in his treatment of players.
 
"And so do most of the players," he said.  
 
It makes me think if Mike Leach was that much of a problem with his players, why didn't they go to the AD or TT Chancellor as speak up before this act happened?
 
Living in Texas for over ten years, I understand that football is a second religion to people down there.  In fact the order went 1. God  2. Football  3. Family for most people I grew up alongside.  In Lubbock, Texas....it's all about the Red Raiders and their football team.  For the last ten seasons Leach never had a losing season, always went to a bowl game (5-4 record) and won a conference title in 2008.  
 
I believe this one incident could not alone be the reason why Leach was fired.  There has to be something else that forced the university to come to this decision.  What is confusing about the whole thing however is why would you give Leach a five year 12.7 million dollar extension this past off season if you already had issues with him?  That makes me believe that Texas Tech's focus was the same as their brainwashed fan base....win games and ignore everything else.
 
Don't believe me....read some of the fan's responses to Leach firing courtesy of RedRaiders.com
 
"This is a dark day for Tech football. Say goodbye to large donations, large crowds, winning seasons, etc. Gerald Myers you ... have finally accomplished your mission of destroying Tech football. Congratulations. I hope you can sleep at night. ... Let's face the facts, if this had been Joe blow's son instead of Craig James's little wussie son, this would never have seen the light of day."
 
"ASININE, BIZARRE, BLATANTLY UNFAIR, CRUEL, PETTY. The James family and the Tech Admin should be ashamed of themselves. James should have gone to the coach if he had a problem. The Tech Admin are either ignorant, jealous, or resentful of Coach Leach and his success. What a disgraceful injustice to Red Raider Nation and our beloved and one of a kind Coach. Someone needs to overturn these jerk's foolish decision. This is plain wrong."
 
"It appears, Mr. Adam James is the problem, not Leach. I think Lubbock should demand he be reinstated. Craig James should come get his little boy and take him home, cause he got his feelings hurt."
 
"Leach was fired because the court room was going to be open to hear everything. My three sons will not be going to Tech after all and by by season tickets. Are you happy now Myers?"
 
And that is just a sample of the bitter hate towards the university after letting go of their "beloved" coach.
 
Here's the be-all/end-all of the whole situation however.  Mike Leach is a good football coach and no matter how this ends in the courts, he will be hired by another NCAA college and I am sure he will bring big success to whatever program he decides to go to.   
 
That is the harsh reality of the whole thing.  For Leach, Texas Tech was a stepping stone and he will be back in the game sooner rather than later.
 
-RoCk
 
Rock Mamola is the Associate Producer of The Mully And Hanley Morning Show and co-host of the Joe O And Rock Show on WSCR 670AM The Score.
 
You can follow the Mully and Hanley Morning Show at twitter.com/mullyhanley
 
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