In one of the most bizarre stories involving contract talks between a school and a successful coach comes this:
Texas Tech’s 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday given to football coach Mike Leach to sign its latest contract extension offer came and went with still no resolution.
“Coach Leach has declined our $12.7 million contract,” Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said in a statement Tuesday. “We will enter the decision-making process and should have some announcements by next week. Our decisions will be based on the best interest of Texas Tech and all of its supporters.”
The Texas Tech Board of Regents, however, announced Tuesday a “special called teleconference meeting” from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, when in executive session, they will have a “discussion and consideration of matters … including but not limited to the position of the football head coach.”
In a phone interview Tuesday evening, Leach was asked if he was worried about being fired.
“Not really,” Leach said. “We have an agreement both parties signed. We agreed to do two more years, and I don’t see how that could be unsatisfactory to anybody. Why anybody would have a problem with two years left on my contract, I don’t know.”
I don’t know about all of you, but don’t you think that this story should never have happened? I mean, the 2008 Red Raiders had the best record and TV appearances in school history. Tech was about to pay Mike Leach 12 million dollars for 4 years. What was the rub? Simple contract negotiations if Leach were to leave earlyfor another job. How stupid is that? To hold up a real contract on suppositions? Just ridiculous.
No new deal for Texas Tech coach Mike Leach: Regents schedule meeting (Dallas Morning news)