Did Texas Tech athletic department personnel set the stage for Mike Leach's firing themselves to nurture longstanding grudges that lead back to last year's contract negotiations? Matt Hayes of Sporting News certainly thinks so:
The public reason for Texas Tech firing Mike Leach was the alleged mistreatment of Adam James. The real reason is payback.
The record will show that Leach, Tech's unorthodox yet highly successful coach, was fired Wednesday for mistreatment of a player with a "mild" concussion. The reality is Leach was fired because he took Texas Tech for everything it had last February during contract negotiations -- and made the university brass look like bumbling fools in the process.
Clay Travis of FanHouse also smells a legal rat, and does some lawyerin' around in Leach's contract:
So the university is citing language that didn't exist in his prior contract to fire Leach. Whether or not they intentionally set this legal trap for him remains a question, but there's no doubting that this language drastically strengthened the hand of the university.
And at least in this case, it appears Texas Tech knew exactly what they were doing when they signed their coach to a contract extension ten months ago with brand new language.
That sound? That's the plot, thickening. Again.