Good thing he isn't a doctor.....
by, 12-30-2009 at 10:48 PM (297 Views)
With the Alamo Bowl days away, Texas Tech decided to divest itself of head coach Mike Leach today, two days after suspending Leach for some questionable disciplinary tactics.
As you probably know by now, Texas Tech wide receiver Adam James, son of former SMU/NFL star and current ESPN game analyst Craig James, had suffered a concussion earlier this season, but reportedly was kept confined to a darkened, enclosed room. That is no way to treat someone recovering from a concussion! Who gave Leach a license to practice medicine? Lucy Van Pelt? Beavis & Butt-Head? If Leach was trying to prevent James from suffering the effects of Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS), it was an epic fail!
ESPN, naturally, has given the elder James an opportunity to state his case, not as an ESPN employee, but as a concerned parent. With all the concerns about concussions in general now, Leach, embracing the "mad scientist" label the media foisted on him during a 11-2 campaign in '08, came off as deluded and misguided as the stereotypical scientists we see in the movies.
Clearly, Texas Tech's medical staff should've taken complete control of Adam James' case, not leaving any sort of opening for Mike Leach's backwoods medical treatments. For all the use of the phrase "institutional control" when a school is placed on probation for recruiting violations, this was a clear-cut case where that control wasn't in effect. By getting rid of Leach and his megabucks contract extension signed back in February, Texas Tech now puts itself in a position to wipe the slate clean and start over. Leach, however, will find it hard to find another head coaching job after this episode. He turned down offers from other schools to stay at Tech, and now he winds up a pariah. What was he trying to do? Remake "The Junction Boys" (ESPN's movie bio of Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant)?
A year ago, Mike Leach was hailed as a hero in Lubbock after Texas Tech upset Texas on national television. Yes, the Longhorns collected a receipt earlier this year, and now reality has collected one on Leach.