The Texas Tech job is officially open, leading to questions as to whether the Red Raiders could reunite with Mike Leach nearly a decade after their divorce. Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported Leach had a sect of big-money boosters in his corner.
“The people who are supporting him, it’s not just one or two,” a source told the paper. “It’s like a hoard of people and maybe eight or 10 that are like million-dollar-plus donors. It’s some serious folks.”
Whether or not Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt was on board remained to be seen, but at least Leach was interested, or at least it seemed that way.
Turns out, not so much.
ESPN’s Joel Anderson reached out to Leach, who nixed the idea.
I spoke to Mike Leach last night and he said he isn't interested in returning to Texas Tech. "They didn’t pay me last time. And I’m happy here.” Asked to elaborate, he said: "They haven’t paid me for 2009 and we won 9 games that year. And they haven’t won 9 games since." https://t.co/q26RCKGNBt
— Joel D. Anderson (@byjoelanderson) November 26, 2018
Leach took Texas Tech to court over the $2 million he says the school owes him for 2009. The school won at each stage of the legal process, so Leach launched a public campaign against his former employer, backing a “Pay Coach Leach” rally in Lubbock — during the middle of the season while he was employed as the head coach at Washington State.
He also retweeted a message calling Texas Tech a “dumpster fire.”
So, no, a Leach reunion in Lubbock isn’t going to happen and was never going to happen. Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman tweeted Monday that Leach wasn’t on Hocutt’s list, either.
A high-ranking Texas Tech official tells me "absolutely under no circumstances" will the school even consider rehiring Mike Leach. "Dana Holgorsen is not on the list either."
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) November 26, 2018
Fun as it would be to imagine, the idea of Leach returning to Texas Tech is an idea too far fetched even for Nuclear Winter.