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Mike Leach: Bruce Feldman Was Kidnapped by ESPN

Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach joined the Tony Bruno Show on FOX Sports Radio Tuesday to talk about his new book, Swing Your Sword. Excerpts from the book already showed us what a farce his firing was. We learned Leach was fired because Texas Tech wanted him out so they didn’t have to pay him a bonus. We also learned that Craig James and ESPN teamed up with Texas Tech in a smear campaign.

ESPN didn’t like the negative attention they received from the book, so they reacted by suspending Bruce Feldman (one of their reporters), who wrote the book. ESPN says they asked him to take a few days off while they decided his fate, so the “suspension” talk is a matter of semantics.

During his appearance on the show, Leach addressed the treatment of Feldman and described ESPN’s actions as “kidnapping.”

“Every step of the way he had permission from ESPN to write it,” Leach said of Feldman. “He has written permission. The chapters they’re sensitive about are all in the words of the perpetrators, so that’s what makes it powerful. Evidently ESPN didn’t like the way it came out — they’re not comfortable with the facts — so [Bruce] did what any journalist would do he wrote the facts down in the appendix of the book.

“ESPN claims they didn’t suspend him. We’re just arguing definitions there. Bruce virtually disappeared, hasn’t written anything, didn’t go to SEC media day. They don’t like the word ‘suspended’ [they] tell you he was never suspended. Perhaps they like the word ‘kidnapped’ better.”

“Clearly they’re not trying to let him see the light of the day and it’s because they’re not comfortable with their own actions. It’s a little bit like in Unforgiven when Clint Eastwood says ‘What scares a man is what he knows about himself.'”

Later in the interview Bruno asked if Leach felt he’d been blackballed in the coaching profession. Leach felt that was somewhat the case.

“I think [the Texas Tech firing has] had a chilling effect,” Leach mused. “Craig James and ESPN working together with his public relations group, and the chancellor who was bitter about the contract negotiations, all worked together to smear me to perpetuate their agenda. Since when does the chancellor of a university work with a P.R. firm that was hired by a disgruntled father because he’s dissatisfied by his son’s playing time?”

“I think it’s necessary for me to do what I can to defend myself to set the record straight. … The material is such that there’s none of this ‘well there’s two sides of the story.’ No no, this is the side of the story because it’s in their words where they specifically outlined their actions with their internal memos and their sworn testimony.”

You can listen to audio of Leach’s appearance on the show below.

Also see: Texas Tech Coaches and Players: Adam James Is a Lazy, Entitled, Jerk

Mike Leach with Tony Bruno Part 1

Mike Leach with Tony Bruno Part 2



Around The Web

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3H62XSQKIBARO5HCP4U3FTPUE Becky T

    Swing your sword, Coach! 

  • Jeff Jordan

    Leach is misleading everyone by putting forth one side of the story. Here is a glimpse of his side that made him so unpopular with the administration, the athletes and many Texas Tech fans and I say this as a Texas Tech fan. Me and many other committed long time Texas Tech fans like me are a silent majority that support the firing of coach Leach. Here are some examples that will put things in perspective on how coach Leach communicated with his players and associates:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZaOFTp5_C8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6brYtuPX-Q&feature=related

  • Jeff Jordan

    Leach is misleading everyone by putting forth one side of the story. Here is a glimpse of his side that made him so unpopular with the administration, the athletes and many Texas Tech fans and I say this as a Texas Tech fan. Me and many other committed long time Texas Tech fans like me are a silent majority that support the firing of coach Leach. Here are some examples that will put things in perspective on how coach Leach communicated with his players and associates:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZaOFTp5_C8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6brYtuPX-Q&feature=related

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I’ve finished the book.  The e-mails and depositions are explosive and revealing.  When is the SACS going to investigate?  This blows the ‘myth’ of Texas and a “man’s word is his bond” out of the water.  Ha!  Texas is no different than Cali-forn-nia!  The Chancellor of a University welching on a written and signed contract!  Did Kent Hance have his Texas boots on when he welched?
    Craig James?  Everyone already knew he would drown his own mother to cheat to get ahead.  Now, he’s sacraficed his own son because a coach wouldn’t return his phone calls?!?
    ESPN .. so sad.
    But, the book .. Goood football in there.  Lots of history and hints of a great analytical mind and a man that knows himself.  Teams that play up in every catagory, great talent driven by heart, and a coach that wants ‘each’ player to succeed … Coach Leach’s philosophy of life and football are in here.  “It’s all about the Team”!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I’ve finished the book.  The e-mails and depositions are explosive and revealing.  When is the SACS going to investigate?  This blows the ‘myth’ of Texas and a “man’s word is his bond” out of the water.  Ha!  Texas is no different than Cali-forn-nia!  The Chancellor of a University welching on a written and signed contract!  Did Kent Hance have his Texas boots on when he welched?
    Craig James?  Everyone already knew he would drown his own mother to cheat to get ahead.  Now, he’s sacraficed his own son because a coach wouldn’t return his phone calls?!?
    ESPN .. so sad.
    But, the book .. Goood football in there.  Lots of history and hints of a great analytical mind and a man that knows himself.  Teams that play up in every catagory, great talent driven by heart, and a coach that wants ‘each’ player to succeed … Coach Leach’s philosophy of life and football are in here.  “It’s all about the Team”!

  • Anonymous

    Concerning…. HankHillLoves TheCowboys ….. He’s in the e-mails also.  Spaeth Communications, conspiring with Tech and Craig James, comes up with the ‘produced’ ‘closet video’, and sends out PSEUDONYMS on the comment boards to ‘spin’ their story (slander).  And, it’s the same old story! (Spaeth’s insrance carrier has already informed Merrie Spaeth they wold NOT be covering her in the lawsuit!)
    Then, too, they funnel their spin to Joe Schad (ESPN) to publish it on Sports Center, etc. Oh my, what a web we weave (spin) when we try to deceive!!
    It’s in the book …. in THEIR OWN words!

  • Anonymous

    JeffJordan knows the turth.  Still, it looks like the PR firms hired to support Mike Leach’s revisionist history & smear campaign have started posting on this site, too.  So sad the Leach camp has to pay people to support them, but then anyone with a brain who has read legal docs like this know Leach is in denial.  They’ve even established a group of extremists called TeamLeach, but most folks in Texas either call them TeamLoser or TeamLooney.

    Just google “NoMiss Communications” and Leach or “Hodges PR” plus Leach and you’ll see these “PR firms” have been trying anything to take the focus off the stupid things Mikey did that got hm fired, but they’re finding out the truth: You just can’t defend the indefensible.

    http://www.depts.ttu.edu/communications/news/stories/downloads/mike-leach-filings/Exhibit-D.pdf

  • Anonymous

    Yes, everyone is laughing …….. at Texas Tech …… as Kent Hance burns the University down.
    Read the other school football blogs, especially OK and OSU, the latest.
    Then, we will count the ‘buts in the seats” for each and every game this year … and show pictures of it!
    Just like last year.  See, the pictures from last year proves Kent Hance’s ‘sold out’ ticket sells (bought by bulk – given away to boosters, and such) DIDN’T show up for the games.  I guess Hank’s ‘majority’ …. aren’t fans after-all!

  • Anonymous

    PS:  Jeff Jordan and Hank won’t have to wait long.  I’ve heard Kent Hance is building a chapel on campus, so they and their ‘ilk’ can go worship him!
    Wonder who is keeping track of these ips?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chuck-Williams/100000822330247 Chuck Williams

    I must be blind i read a article by Bruce today on ESPN. You worthless TL maggots don’t have a clue about football, TT or what a good coach is. No school wanted Mike before and after Adam so he screwed his only chance to remain a div 1 coach. See u wouldn’t want to be u Leach the i wish i was Tubbs now only FORMER HC at TT. Now that has a good ring to it former coach haha. Yea plus before you guys say North Carolina get real they fired a much better coach than i can’t shut my mouth Leach.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chuck-Williams/100000822330247 Chuck Williams

    Becky there is np way you have a job your on FB all day 34/7 when im off work. I bet you collect welfare and post on tl all day u loser.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chuck-Williams/100000822330247 Chuck Williams

    Hey Becky aka same as Rebecca L Timmons same age and adress indicted in 2004 for controlled drugs. That must make TL proud lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6XLKJQVNHYEQ3YXB5FISJLEAGA TEXAZ REB

    COACH LEACH WILL BE VINDICATED….ONLY TIME WILL TELL WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PERPS…..
    SWING YER SWORD….AND…..
    FORGET HELL!

  • http://twitter.com/JamesWKendrick James W. Kendrick

    Interesting.  Then 2009 Lubbock News Report that Larry Brown cites “was removed by the user”.  WTF?
    ESPN? Kent Hance? Craig James?  James’ PR firm? Dicky Grigg?  Who is the “user”?