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Why Mike Leach Should Return to Resurrect Texas Tech Football

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Four Thousand, Three Hundred, and Twenty-Five days ago, Texas Tech fired Head Coach Mike Leach. Since then, Texas Tech Football has gone through one of the darkest eras in program history, going through three different head coaches in just over a decade. While the details of the firing are hazy at best, the fact remains that since Mike Leach was fired, Texas Tech has faded from College Football relevancy to a near-cellar dweller. It’s time to make amends and bring back the coach that meant so much to Lubbock and Texas Tech. It’s time to re-hire Mike Leach.

Personality-wise, Leach fits West Texas. After taking over in 2000, Leach took a program that made its’ hay on running the football and turned it into an offensive juggernaut with the Air Raid offense. Leach recruited legends at the quarterback position. Names like Kliff Kingsbury, BJ Symons, and Graham Harrell. He brought a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 program to National Relevance. Leach did butt heads with University Leadership, but it was mostly ignored due to his constant winning.

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Bringing Leach back would unite the fan base more than some might think. It would also elevate Texas Tech and Lubbock back to the forefront of College Football. I’m not saying that Leach would automatically make Texas Tech a National Power. What I am saying is bringing Leach back would not only change recruiting. It would also result in the Jones being sold-out every game for the foreseeable future.

Scheme-wise, we all know what Leach brings to the table. Leach’s Air Raid offense focuses on spreading the offense to give skill players room to operate. He has coached great quarterbacks at every school he’s been at. His version of the Air Raid has torched defenses everywhere he operates.

Not only has Leach coached great players, but he’s also developed great coaches. There are multiple FBS Head Coaches that worked under Leach while at Texas Tech. Lincoln Riley (OU), Neal Brown (WVU), Dave Aranda (Baylor), Dana Holgerson (UH), Sonny Dykes (SMU), and Seth Littrell (UNT) are just some of the names that were on Leach’s staff at one point or another.

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I know to make a move this huge, some apologies would have to be made. There would most likely be a signing bonus that equates to what Leach believes he is owed from 2009. This move would make waves for the program and could convince the next generation of athletes to choose Texas Tech over some of the other solid football schools in the state.

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Julie Hendon
Julie Hendon
1 year ago

I always enjoyed watching Tech football games with Coach Leach. Because of the team’s success under Leach, the Jones stadium had to be enlarged.
Wreck ’em Tech!

Martin Mike
Martin Mike
1 year ago

I for one would love to see Mike Leach back at Tech.

Daniel Wayne
Daniel Wayne
1 year ago

Leach

Jay
Jay
1 year ago

Why would he want to?

Mark
Mark
1 year ago
Reply to  Jay

…and NO Defense!

Roni
Roni
1 year ago

Yes!!! Bring him back

Rolando De Pau
Rolando De Pau
1 year ago

TTU just needs to hire back Leach; suck up the pride. Do what is best for the student body & the University.

Gray Sidney
Gray Sidney
1 year ago

Bring back the pirate!!!

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Brent Venables…a DEFENSIVE mind and a leader…a manager…responsible…BIG TIME!

Ginger Spicer
Ginger Spicer
1 year ago

Mike Leach—Pleease Come Home!!❣️
From: Ginger Spicer, Lubbock, Texas.

David
David
1 year ago

YES!!!! Hell Yeah…. Smartest Move they could make at this point

Michael Martin
Michael Martin
1 year ago

Leach would be welcomed by everyone but Kent Hance unless he “Kent” could put his ego aside and apologize PUBLICLY to Leach for wrongful and unjust firing only due to the moronic likes of one Craig James and his crying little baby girl Adam! I for one would love to have Leach back!

Charles Reinhart
Charles Reinhart
1 year ago

Would love for Leach to come back like most Tech fans would! If not him….Art Briles.

Michael M.
Michael M.
1 year ago

No disrespect intended, but why would Leach leave THE premier conference in the country to return to school who fired him?

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael M.

Because that is what a pirate would do!

Larrypilk
Larrypilk
1 year ago

I enjoyed Texas Tech football more under Leach’s reign than any other. But, he is on the precipice of some greatness at MSU and doubt he would really want to return to Lubbock and re-open that can of worms left in the wake of his firing. As for anyone named or connected to Briles during his time at BU, forget them all. It is not the road Tech needs to travel.

Anthony Ortega
Anthony Ortega
1 year ago

It can’t be any worse than what we’ve had since his departure. Tech better have deep pockets for this one tho and be willing to give him more authoritative power. I’m for it. Hocutt needs to swallow his pride. I say bring the Leach back to Lubbock!

Mitchell Hatcher
Mitchell Hatcher
1 year ago

Do it, if the man would even consider a university that was stupid enough to fire him because he treated a spoiled little national sports broadcaster’s son like any other kid on the team.

Mitchell Hatcher
Mitchell Hatcher
1 year ago

However, I would like a team that had a tough defense. It is fun to see the Raiders score 60 or 70 points/game, but very disheartening to then see them lose because the other team scored 61 or 71 points in some of those games.

Richa
Richa
1 year ago

BILL O’Brien would be an interesting hire

Bob Williford
Bob Williford
1 year ago

Leach might make the Raiders a power house again, but no one can say cfor certain…his offense would be interesting..meaning ‘in the Jones’.

Alex Bachicha
Alex Bachicha
1 year ago

I do not think tech big wigs will humble themselves, learn there lessons of bad decision making in hiring bad coaches too early to hire Leach and make himself say I told you so and smear it in there faces when he wins again. Leach Don’t need to prove himself again. If he does tech will turn on him again and fire him. No way Leach don’t take the bait.

Douglas Fullingim
Douglas Fullingim
1 year ago

Bring him back, recruitment will explode!

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