Mike Leach called the Big 12 commissioner during a game to complain about officiating

Maryland-Targeting-Mike-LeachFormer Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell likely has a number of entertaining stories about Mike Leach from the four seasons he played under the fiery head coach. During a recent interview with RedRaiderSports.com’s Aaron Dickens, Harrell shared what has to be one of the best.

Harrell claims Leach was once so furious about the officiating during a game that he took a moment from coaching and called the conference commissioner on his personal cell phone.

“My junior we went down to Texas and played really well and lost in a shootout,” Harrell recalled. “I can remember in the third quarter — he always talked to me between series — he pulled his cell phone out and called the Big 12 commissioner. In the third quarter he’s cussing out the Big 12 Commissioner telling him, ‘These refs are screwing us, you better watch my postgame press conference because I’ve got some stuff to say.'”

As Football Scoop reminded us, Texas Tech ended up losing that game 59-43. The Red Raiders had a touchdown called back because of a holding penalty and another score overturned because of an official replay. After the game, Leach called the officiating “a complete travesty” and was later fined $10,000 by the conference. It was the largest fine ever levied against a coach in the Big 12 Conference at the time.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. After all, we’re talking about the same guy who told an opposing coach “f— you” during a postgame handshake. Leach has always been a character. I’m sure he’s done much worse stuff that Harrell wouldn’t dare mention.

H/T The Big Lead

Nick Aliotti rips Mike Leach for throwing 89 times, calls it bulls–t

Nick AliottiOregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti ripped Washington State coach Mike Leach after the Ducks trounced the Cougars 62-38 on Saturday because he didn’t like how much Leach continued to throw the ball late in the game.

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday set an NCAA record with 89 pass attempts in the game, and the Cougars set an Autzen Stadium record with 557 passing yards. They also scored on a touchdown pass with 11 seconds left in the game. None of that sat well with Aliotti, who called all the passing bulls–t.

“That’s total (B.S.) that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did,’’ Aliotti said, via The Oregonian. “And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think it’s low class and it’s (B.S.) to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team.’’

According to The Oregonian’s Jason Quick, Halliday attempted 28 passes in the fourth quarter and both of his touchdowns came after the Cougars were already down 62-24. Another aspect of Washington State’s decisions that bothered Aliotti was that they continued to play their starters the whole game, even after the Ducks replaced their starters and backups with scout team players.

“I am kind of stunned he would keep his quarterback and crew in there,’’ Aliotti said. “And still he threw the ball with 20 seconds left. But he did. They want stats, they got stats. But we got the most important stat and that’s the ‘W’ and we are happy about that.’’

I understand why Aliotti was ticked and I think he had some great points and comments about getting the most important stat. But you know what? I’m absolutely sick of people telling people how to call plays late in games. If teams want to pass late in games, let them pass. If they want to call runs to get the game over with, let them call runs. In the end, everyone knows those touchdowns and yards didn’t mean a whole lot. Oregon beat Washington State handily, regardless of what the passing stats say.

Mike Leach told Paul Petrino ‘f— you’ during postgame handshake (Video)

Mike-Leach-Paul-PetrinoWashington State enjoyed a relatively uneventful 42-0 win over Idaho on Saturday night. The Cougars cruised to victory as expected, with the most exciting part of the evening coming after the game when Washington State coach Mike Leach and Idaho coach Paul Petrino met at midfield for their handshake.

Petrino was obviously upset with Leach about something and Leach didn’t appreciate getting the cold shoulder. As Coug Center speculated, Petrino may have been angry with Leach for keepers his starters in when the game had already gotten out of hand. At one point, Leach put some of his starters back in to preserve a shut out and stuff Idaho at the goal line. The former Texas Tech coach had little to say about the exchange after the game.

“That would be strictly between he and I, so anything said between us would be private,” Leach said. “So we’ll leave it at that.”

It was pretty obvious that part of that private conversation included Leach giving Petrino a nice, “F— you.” Blowouts are common in college football. You can’t really blame Leach for wanting to preserve the shutout and improve his team’s bowl resume, just as you can’t blame Petrino for being angry after a 42-0 loss. If we learned anything from these two NFL head coaches a couple years back, it’s that postgame handshakes don’t have to be cordial.


GIF via Bubbaprog

Mike Leach bans Washington State players from Twitter; Chip Kelly chimes in

Many coaches view Twitter as nothing more than a distraction, and Mike Leach has apparently joined that group. Effective earlier this week, Leach has banned his Washington State players from using Twitter in any capacity or tweeting anything — regardless of the message.

According to The Spokesman-Review, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos said some of the WSU players have been “vulgar” with their tweets and writing things that he wouldn’t want kids to read. Leach didn’t offer much of an explanation, but he made it clear that the ban is very serious.

“Twitter’s now banned around here, so don’t expect anything on Twitter,” Leach said. “Twitter’s banned and quite frankly, if after today you see anything on Twitter from our team — and I don’t care if it says, ‘I love life’ — I would like to see it, because I will suspend them.”

When asked what promoted the ban, Leach didn’t feel as though he owed anyone a detailed explanation.

“Because I decided to,” he said. “That’s what prompted that.”

Clearly, something one or more of his players said ticked him off. Leach is not the first coach to ban his players from using twitter (this college basketball coach did it) and he won’t be the last. For all the entertaining things we see on Twitter, we have seen enough ridiculous tweets to understand why a coach would want to keep his players away from it. However, not all coaches are worried about their players tweeting.

If you can’t trust your players on Twitter, you probably can’t trust them on third down,” Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said when informed of Leach’s decision, according to Adam Jude of The Oregonian.

I guess that’s one way of looking at it.

H/T Dr. Saturday, SbB Live

Mike Leach signs book with reference to Craig James hooker rumor (Photo)

There’s a (likely false but nonetheless hilarious) Internet meme out there perpetuated by college football trolls that alleges former ESPN tool bag and soon-to-be failed Senate candidate Craig James killed five hookers during his playing days at SMU. Evidently, James’ arch enemy Mike Leach is in on the joke, too.

As you see in the above photo, Leach signed a copy of his book, “Swing Your Sword,” to somebody with the transcription, “CJK5H,” an apparent reference to the Craig James Killed Five Hookers gag. James, of course, allegedly had a role in Leach losing his job at Texas Tech after James’ son Adam was reportedly placed in a utility closet after suffering a concussion during practice despite Leach’s own insistence that he had no part in the incident. Leach is now about to start his first season at Washington State.

And, in case you had doubts as to whether Leach himself wrote the “CJK5H,” Deadspin has confirmed its authenticity, thus also confirming Leach’s awesomeness.

H/T Awful Announcing
Photo via Mark Ennis

Craig James says Mike Leach was a ‘bully’ to his son (Video)

Former SMU running back and ESPN broadcaster Craig James is running for a senate position in Texas and addressed his notorious conflict with Mike Leach by calling the Washington State football coach a “bully” in a recent video.

James became eternally despised when it was learned he teamed with a PR company and used his position at ESPN to help get Mike Leach fired as head football coach at Texas Tech. James was unhappy about the lack of playing time for his son Adam, who was a receiver on the team. The Texas Tech administration went along with the smear campaign because they didn’t want to pay Leach a large financial bonus he was due.

In the video, James is interviewed by his daughter and says “If I see wrong, I will stand up against it. I will never let something go by that is a bully or someone that has done something wrong.”

James fails to mention that he was calling Texas Tech coaches during games to tell them to play his son. He leaves out the part about teaming with a PR firm and using his connections at ESPN to unfairly slander the coach. I guess that doesn’t qualify as “wrong” in James’ eyes.

There really is no hope to reason with this man, but we hope we can help point out what a fraud he is and what awful things he did.

H/T Awful Announcing

Washington State Sold a Season Ticket Per Minute Day Mike Leach Was Hired

In case you were wondering how the Mike Leach hiring would be received in Pullman, this should answer your question. The Washington State ticket office received 750 new orders for season tickets on Wednesday, the day Leach was hired. The ticket sales included 100 club seats at $2,000 per order. The total revenue reportedly was $200,000.

Washington State’s ticket office had to bring in more staff to handle all the phone calls and ticket requests. They even stayed open several hours later than usual to accommodate requests. As if that’s not enough, the school reportedly received donations to the WSU Foundation every five minutes in the 5-6 hours after the hire was announced.

KHQ adds that even fans from Texas and Kansas have called the ticket office to inquire about the program because they’re Leach fans.

This is all what UCLA could have had but they weren’t interested. I had friends who don’t even live in the LA-area tell me they would have bought season tickets had the Bruins hired Leach. So much for that.