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.
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.
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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