Staying true to his swashbuckling image, Texas Tech Head Footbaw Coach Mike Leach has been known to traverse the seas of the NCAA in search of booty, treasure and... well, mostly treasure. After a year in which Texas Tech finished up their best season ever - which included blow out losses to Oklahoma, Houston Nutt and a near miss at home against Baylor. Yes, that qualifies as 'best season ever' material in Lubbock - Texas Tech and Mike Leach have somehow completely destroyed the successful aura that briefly replaced the smell of slaughtered bovine that typically populates the Lubbock ozone. How many teams in the history of team sports can honestly talk about running off a coach who not only made their team relevant, but still has TWO seasons left on his contract? Was it greed on Leach's part? Yes. Was it arrogance on Tech's part? Absolutely. In a nutshell, Leach made outrageous contractual demands, then Tech made outrageous contractual demands out of spite and, after what pretty much amounts to a pissing contest, both sides lost. Leach thought he was better than Lubbock, except for when you see how he's still in Lubbock after 10+ seasons despite this thinking and how he recently lost out on the Washington job to a cheating assistant from USC, it's pretty obvious he's, well not. Tech thought it was better than Leach - it's amazing how a couple of years of football success has turned that program into Panhandle A&M or, as I prefer, Sand Aggys. When it comes down to it, though, Tech is still in Lubbock and Leach is still the coach who is hated by his Athletic Director and doesn't interview well enough to earn a more prominent job.
So what does this mean for Frogs fans? Well, according to a poster on KF, it means we get to keep Patterson for another year because apparently GP was out the door to Lubbock when Leach was gone because they were going to pay him 2.7 as opposed to the 2 he's making now. Since $700,000, no job security and a Lubbock residency is what sells a coach who just turned down his alma mater and big money from an SEC school. See what I mean about Sand Aggy? Even if Tech did fire Leach and came after GP, before he laughed them out the door surely he'd apprise them of his stance on schools who fire coaches mid season because, while not directly relevant, I'm sure his stance on schools who fire coaches with two years left on their contracts and who were directly responsible for coaching their team to the best season in school history is similarly negative. The good news, though? We get to go to Lubbock next year and shove their arrogance and classlessness back up their asses as we did in 05. Go Frogs.