Was anyone really surprised in the outcome at Texas Tech? Hope not! – Machiavelli and The Prince – Tour of California in Solvang – Morning in the SF Bay area hills – Bobby Darin and Kevin Spacey Beyond the Sea
Was anyone that was really paying attention surprised at the conclusion of the Mike Leach negotiations at Texas Tech? These folks that were saying that Mike Leach was going to be fired once the Texas Tech board of regents met had a basic misunderstanding of whoe really held the power at Tech, Mike Leach that is, and who was little more than a Don Quixote type character tilting at windmills, that being one Texas Tech AD Gerald Myers. Gil Lebreton of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram pretty much summed up exactly what happened at Texas Tech in recent days and at the end of the day this was a clear victory for people in our country that recognize the importance of rewarding individuals that actually accomplish things in life, not anointing folks that like to stand over and dominate people because they have gotten away with such things in the past. Yes, yesterday was a victory for the doer, the achiever, the guy that goes out and accomplishes things and a stinging defeat for the arrogant, the buffoon, the stupid, and most of all the fool.
Looking back at this entire situation, what can one really say about the following statement that was released earlier this week by Gerald Myers once Leach decided not to sign the outrageous contract that Tech had presented to him:
“Coach Leach has declined our $12.7 million contract,” Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said in a statement. “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.”
Uhhhhh Gerald… In case you don’t know it you just got your ass handed to you by Mike Leach and also in case you don’t know YOU HAVE NO POWER at Texas Tech any longer. That statement you released was outrageous about a man that is the winningest head football coach in Texas Tech history and only proves what we said yesterday…
Gerald Myers is an arrogant ass.
No, there is no doubt about that statement now, and although we are confident that Mike Leach’s behavior on certain issues at Tech has led to Myers view of Leach, this entire debacle that Texas Tech just went through where they were on the brink of being the laughingstock of the country was the fault of and caused by one man and one man only…
Clearly, Gerald Myers has not read Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. For if Myers was familiar with Machiavelli’s work he would have known:
“Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries – for heavy ones they cannot.”
Mike Leach had all the cards in this situation because he was the one that had actually accomplished things on the field of play and built the Texas Tech football program during his 9 years in Lubbock. If Myers wanted to fire Mike Leach he should have just gone ahead and fired him and not waited around hoping that the Tech board of regents would validate his views. The Tech board of regents clearly saw that it was in fact Myers who was living in a fantasyland and that is why that the eventual deal that was cut, was without Myers even being in the room. Sorry Gerald, but you are the loser here, and we mean the BIG LOSER.
Going forward, it is obvious that Mike Leach and Gerald Myers will not be able to work together and if the people in power at Texas Tech have any sense they will now ease Myers into retirement and bring in a competent athletic director that actually knows how run an athletic department and to manage people in a mature way. If Texas Tech lets Gerald Myers stay in the position of AD, then Tech will probably guarantee continued turbulence within the Tech football program and the probability that Mike Leach will leave for another school once a more attractive offer is presented to him in the future. Sorry, Texas Tech will never be Texas, Oklahoma, or an Alabama and that is why when a football coach shows up in Lubbock and does a very good job, that football coach should not only be rewarded for his work, that man should be celebrated for his accomplishments, by ALL people at Texas Tech. Too bad a few rotten apples put personal animosity above common sense, because this entire Mike Leach contract issue would have been settled long ago if common sense has been put to work in Lubbock.
We hope some of you got to watch the Tour of California yesterday on the Versus network (DirecTV 603) as the bicyclists rode from the Central Valley of California towards the coast finishing up in the fine town of Paso Robles. Today in the Tour they are doing a time trial in and around the town of Solvang, which is one of the most unique cities in the state. Solvang has a Danish look to all of its buildings and is right in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country and for movie aficionados Solvang was also one of the settings for the great movie Sideways…
Solvang is just one town in what is called Santa Barbara Wine Country, which is about 50 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara. If you are ever out in California and you want to see some beautiful country and have a great time drive from Santa Barbara to San Francisco (via Monterey and Carmel) stopping off at wineries and golf courses along the way!
It looks to be another beautiful day in San Francisco and one of the great pleasures of living in the Bay area is rising early with the morning Sun and watching it rise over the City and Golden Gate Bridge. A quick early morning run in the hills of the North Bay will always reward one with great views and a positive start to each day. How about this view from Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County looking towards San Francisco and the Bay area?
As usual when Coaches Hot Seat Central is up and running there is music being streamed throughout and this morning is no different with the sweet music of Bobby Darin coursing through the air…
Of course, Kevin Spacey made a terrific move about the life of the Great Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea. Enjoy and Have a Great Weekend!