Via ESPN-TV, here’s some of the first on the record responses from Texas Tech players about Mike Leach’s firing today.
Starting Center Shawn Byrnes on Leach: “He didnt understand how to deal with people. … Everyone is excited about this to be honest. … Adam James took a stand. How could punish a kid for having a concussion? What could that possibly accomplish?”
Texas Tech defensive lineman Chris Perry on Leach’s firing today and the coach’s treatment of Adam James: “I have no complaints about this decision. (Leach) put Adam in a shed like an animal. Like an animal in a cage. … That was bull. … You call the players. We practiced hard this week. We have our pep back now. We had less stress this week. You know why? Because he’s (Leach) gone.”
Texas Tech defensive back Taylor Charbonnet on Leach’s treatment of teammate Adam James: “I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t agree with it. I don’t know why Leach did that.”
Also, I’ve been told by ESPN pr guy Josh Krulewitz that Craig James will address the Leach firing later today on SportsCenter. The exact time of that reaction has not yet been determined. James will also address the matter on ESPN’s Holiday Bowl telecast tonight.
Joe Schad of ESPN also continues to report this afternoon that there’s a possibility of a contract settlement between Leach and Texas Tech.
Reaction from former Texas Tech offensive lineman under Leach and current Tech football broadcaster Toby Cecil:
“This is blown out of proportion, the kid was never in any danger. I’m at a loss for words. He hasn’t put anyone in any danger. It hasn’t been that long since I’ve been removed from the program (as a player). Guys have to be more mentally tough.
He’s the guy who built out the stadium to the level it is now, and I’ve had past players that there not interested in renewing their season tickets next year.”