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Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 11:30 pm

Lynn Eastham, a Texas Tech alumnus and fan of former head football coach Mike Leach, is conducting an extensive campaign, complete with a public relations specialist and a high-powered Dallas law firm, to try to show improprieties in Tech’s quest for tier-one status.

Eastham plans to visit with a state legislator to discuss his concerns over Tech’s financial stability, said Charles Hodges, Eastham’s public relations manager, who represented Team Leach — the group that formed to support the former head football coach after he was fired.

The Tech Alumni Association said Eastham graduated from Tech in 1991. Eastham, president of Eastham Forge, Inc. in Houston, did not return phone calls left at Eastham Forge, Inc., Eastham Energy, his home or with his secretary. Eastham Forge, Inc. is a subsidiary of Eastham Energy, a private oil well drilling company.

Eastham’s lawyer in this pursuit, Val Perkins of the Dallas-based law firm Gardere, Wynne, Sewell, LLP — also known as Gardere — denied Eastham was seeking to remove Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance from his position, or that Eastham is pursuing any kind of vendetta on behalf of Leach.

“We were just hired to file the open records requests to get these documents (relating to tier-one status, the Jones AT&T stadium expansion, and financial records),” Perkins said. “Mr. Eastham was interested in revealing a variety of matters, including tier one.”

However, Lyle Setencich, Leach’s former defensive coordinator, said Eastham could possibly be pursuing this course of action on behalf of Leach.

“I don’t know whether he is or not, but it’s possible,” Setencich said. “(Leach is) very vindictive.”

Hance said there is no question that Eastham is trying to hurt him and someone else may be behind the attacks as well.

“Those guys would not be doing this on their own if they didn’t have the green light from someone else,” he said.

Setencich said Leach fired him after he told Leach he disagreed with his behavior off the field and would not support it. Setencich, who was the former head football coach at Boise State and Cal Poly, first hired Leach to coach at Cal Poly in 1987. He is currently retired and living in Nipomo, Calif.

Hodges said his client, Eastham, is planning a visit with a legislator, who Hodges refused to identify, partly to show that Chancellor Hance is misleading people when he states Tech is close to tier-one status. Hodges said documents reveal Tech is a long way away from reaching this goal.

“The chancellor tries to make it look like tier one is right around the corner,” Hodges said. “But if you listen to (Tech President Guy) Bailey’s explanation to the regents, it’s not going to be right around the corner. There’s still a lot of work that must be done.”

He said Bailey’s presentation to the Texas Tech Board of Regents in February shows Tech may be 10 to 12 years away from tier-one status, despite the fact Hance recently spread the word that Tech was close to receiving the status.

Dominic Chavez, spokesperson for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, said Tech is eligible to receive funding from the National Research University Fund, pending a state audit. However, he said, reaching NRUF status is not the definition of tier one.

In fact, Chavez said, there is no clear-cut definition of tier one.

“No, there really is no definition for tier-one status,” he said. “Tier one and National Research University are synonymous, but there is no real definition for what it means. There are just a couple indicators and if an institution meets these indicators, they are generally considered tier one.”

The tier-one status to which Bailey was referring was achieving National Research University status, said Chris Cook, Tech’s managing director of communications and marketing. Cook said when Hance states Tech is near reaching tier one, he is stating NRUF is one step along the path to tier one and therefore bringing Tech very close to achieving that status.  

Cook said he does not know why Eastham would be questioning the veracity of Tech’s reported information to receive NRUF funding, because all information undergoes months of internal auditing before it is sent for confirmation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The THECB has confirmed Tech is eligible and now the university’s information is undergoing a mandatory state audit.

Throughout Eastham’s 17-month investigation, Hodges and the Gardere law firm said they found several alleged discrepancies between the criteria necessary to receive NRUF funding and the information Tech reported. Hodges said Eastham will take the information found by Gardere to a state legislator.

Perkins said they found discrepancies in Tech’s reporting on three categories: high-quality faculty, matching funding for the TRIP program and a freshman class of high academic achievement.

Tech must meet two mandatory categories, which the THECB certified Tech met, and another four out of six categories, three of which, Gardere said, Tech might have misrepresented facts.

For the discrepancy over the high-quality faculty category, Gardere said, Tech submitted questionable data about awards held by professors. To satisfy this category, the university had to show its professors won a certain number of awards and distinctions.

“Dr. Katharine Hayhoe was claimed to be a Nobel Laureate, when in fact she was simply one scientist among thousands that were part of a large group which received a Nobel prize,” Gardere stated in its summary of discrepancies.

Cook said this claim was a gross exaggeration, pointing out Hayhoe was among a group of 187 scientists, not thousands.

Chavez, of THECB, said Gardere’s complaints are entirely moot, because Tech did not even claim to have met the high-quality faculty category.

“If they misreported the faculty that’s important, but it was not a determining factor for NRUF because high-quality faculty was not one of the categories they were depending on,” he said.

For the discrepancy about the freshman class of high achievement, Gardere said, Tech may have attempted to use a different metric in determining ACT and SAT scores in order to meet the criteria.

However, Perkins said they had no proof Tech was using a different metric.

Chavez said if Tech used a different metric, it would be unimportant in determining whether Tech would have access to the NRUF funding,because there are two ways to satisfy this one requirement. Tech was able to satisfy the requirements for the category of a freshman class of high academic achievement by showing 50 percent of its incoming freshman class graduated in the top 25 percent from high school.

“The SAT question is moot too,” Chavez said. “So if there is a discrepancy in their ACT reporting, it needs to be fixed. But they qualified under this category because of the number of students in the top 25 percent of their (high school) class.”

Finally, Chavez said, Gardere’s allegation of discrepancy over Texas Research Incentive Program funding has nothing to do with NRUF, and is not even a rare occurrence.

Gardere stated Tech also might have misreported a number of donations in hopes of attaining matching funding from the TRIP, which is designed to reward research productivity through the matching of private funds.

“What they’re claiming Tech did, does happen. But that’s not something uncommon,” Chavez said. “It happens when some things don’t meet criteria to get TRIP funding. TRIP funding has nothing to do with NRUF. The TRIP funding is not part of NRUF criteria at all.”

Eastham’s initial investigation into the whole matter of Tech’s tier-one status and the university’s financial stability began Nov. 5, 2010, when Tech alumnus and former Team Leach representative Hodges filed several open records requests digging for information on behalf of an anonymous “fan of Leach,” referencing Eastham.

Becky Timmons, Team Leach’s Lubbock representative, said Hodges helped organize a Leach’s rally in Memorial Circle after Leach was fired in December 2010. However, she said, it was Hodges’ idea to dig into Tech’s financial records and file open records requests and Team Leach was not a part of the requests.

“He’s never given any of the information to me or any of the other administrators,” Timmons said. “It’s never been made public on Team Leach’s page at all. I really don’t know what that consists of. I was aware that he was doing it, but it wasn’t in our directive.”

Hodges said Leach is not behind these open records requests. He said John Gray and Ted Liggett, both he considers friends with Leach, are not behind it either.

Hodges said his first request was in response to ESPN reporter Holly Rowe’s September 2010 statement that Tommy Tuberville’s financial contribution to the university had been $25 million.

“The University told me yesterday that the financial impact of Tommy Tuberville has been $25 million,” Rowe reported. “He has been out fundraising. So when you see that Texas Tech logo, it just might mean Tommy Tuberville now 25 million.”

After the statement’s authenticity was questioned, Hodges filed an open records request on behalf of Eastham for all accounting records of Tech’s fundraising for the university since Tuberville had been hired.

Tech’s response to Hodges’ request was that the university had no documentation showing Tuberville had a $25 million impact and could not say who gave the number to Rowe.

“My clients are worried about the financial health of Texas Tech,” Hodges said. “The concerns that my clients have cover a number of different areas – debt service, the fact that the financial officer told the regents that when they go to a bond rating company they have to tell them that they’re not able to make bond payment without state funding.”

Hodges followed up with two more requests. One in November requested more information detailing financial gifts and donations to Tech, and also asked for all records that could prove reports on Tech’s website that said the university accepted $100 million in each of Chancellor Hance’s first three years of employment.

Documents provided to Hodges from Tech’s Office of the General Counsel show this statement is an understatement of Hance’s fundraising efforts during his first three years. The documents show fundraising at Tech during these years totaled $384 million.  

By Hodges’ final December request, he began asking for proof of Tech’s reports of its progress toward tier-one status, which would grant the university access to millions of dollars in funding through TRIP and NRUF, both steps along the way to National Research University status.

“There are some people who have concerns about the tier-one program and what Texas Tech was trying to do,” Hodges said, “so we were just trying to get some information from the university on tier one and their status.”

Hodges said he passed the investigation on to Gardere after these three requests.

Perkins denied the firm was conducting an investigation. Even though the firm does not require a lawyer to file an open records request, he said, Gardere was solely hired to attain documents, review them and make a summary.

Gardere’s initial requests asked for proof of Tech’s progress toward tier-one status. In August 2011, Gardere requested documents demonstrating the viability of financing improvements for expansion of the Jones AT&T Stadium, which included the east side extension.

Gardere also requested the minutes for the university’s Finance and Administration Committee’s hearings since 2006. In another request, the firm asked for all audited copies of financial reports for Tech, the Texas Tech University System, the Red Raider Club, the Tech booster organization and the Tech Lettermen’s Association.

In Leach’s ongoing legal battle with Tech, the Texas Supreme Court upheld the Seventh Court of Appeals opinion that he cannot receive any monetary damages, but can pursue a declaratory judgment that his rights were violated. Leach’s attorneys, Stephen Heninger and Ted Liggett, filed a motion to consolidate Leach’s lawsuits against Tech and Craig James in the 99th District Court, with his lawsuit against ESPN and Spaeth communications in the 72nd District Court.

In a motion opposing this consolidation attempt, ESPN stated Leach has changed his story on why he was fired. The motion states Leach originally said he was fired because of a conspiracy with Board of Regent members and Tech administrators, beginning a year before Leach was fired. Now, ESPN reported Leach is arguing he was fired because of pressure from Craig James after his son, football player Adam James, suffered a concussion during practice.

Attorneys met for the hearing Wednesday before State District Judge William Sowder in the 99th District Court, who took the motion under advisement, Heninger said.

No date has been set for when Eastham will visit the unidentified state legislator, Hance said, but he is not worried about the outcome.

“They can take it to any (legislator) they want,” he said. “We’ve done it, and we’ve done it right, and we’re going to get tier-one status despite people who are full of spite and revenge.”

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  • jackdon posted at 2:49 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    jackdon Posts: 99

    I look for him there. I play his interviews over and over, listening to his voice rasp canadian provincial nominee program and tremble in all the familiar places. I listen, but he never says what I need him to say.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 3:46 pm on Mon, Aug 12, 2013.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    It's funny stumbling on these old articles about Leach. Since this came out over a year ago, Leach has managed to bumble through his first year at WSU with a 3-9 record and allegations of (more) player abuse. He's also lost every single one of his lawsuits against Tech, ESPN, Spaeth Communications, and Craig James.

    Tech, meanwhile, has completed it's Billion Dollar Campaign by raising well over $1 Billion thanks to Hance. Hance along with with Kirby Hocutt also managed to get Kingsbury to coach Tech after Hocutt let Tuberville know his job wasn't safe. Thanks to Hance, the "divide" between Tech football fans is gone and our school has successfully completed it's largest fundraising campaign in history.

    Team Leach may still have a handful of members left, but no one cares thanks to what Hance has done both on the fundraising project and with the football program.

    I'm guessing Team Leach never found what they were looking for in the Freedom of Information requests since there hasn't been so much as a whimper from them since this article was written last year.

    Thanks Hance for everything you have done to raise money for Tech and bring in Kingsbury to be our football coach! You are, without a doubt, one of the best chancellors ever in the college ranks.

     
  • Transparency posted at 8:49 pm on Sun, Apr 22, 2012.

    Transparency Posts: 13

    Today is April 22, 2012. And the final analysis is: Kent Hance led a group of conspirators who seized upon a trumped up event to fire (cheat) Mike Leach out of an $800,000 earned bonus, $1,200,000 in earned pay for the 2009 season, and $1,600,000 for agreed termination pay.

    The conspirators include but are not limited to John Scovell, Alan White, Larry Anders, Jerry Turner, and Jim Sowell. These are facts revealed through the Freedom of Information Act as obtained by THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS.

    Mike Leach, in the words of the astonishingly arrogant Kent Hance, is only as "vindictive" as any person who has been cheated out of earned pay.

    Any person who denies the information provided above is simply engaging in an attempt at historical revision.

    WHY DO YOU THINK HANCE IS NEVER SEEN?

     
  • TTU Lonestar posted at 11:05 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    TTU Lonestar Posts: 1

    Good morning! Hate seeing so much vitriol here between fellow Red Raiders. So much more positive & helpful to deal in facts (my opinions are identified).
    1. Charlie Hodges was not associated with Team Leach until after the group was formed.
    2. I was a member of Team Leach for about a month. Then, IMO, the group became too "rabid" for me.
    3. Charlie Hodges pretty much took over when he became involved (fact & opinion - it's a question of degrees). IMO, he was be over-bearing & self-important.
    4. I don't know exactly when Charlie Hodges left Team Leach, but he did leave. (He wasn't getting paid anymore.)
    5. Lyle Setencich's opinion has no relevance to this issue/article. He admits in his quote that he doesn't know if Leach is involved in this matter or not. Why include comments from a disgruntled employee?
    6. It appears that there aren't any major discrepancies with Tech's submissions, which have to go through an external state audit. MAYBE there were some exaggerations which should not be done IMO, but it doesn't appear to go beyond that. We'll have to wait and see.
    7. IMO Hance makes this into a much bigger story than it needs to be. Why comment at all? Why not let communications handle it?
    8. Hance's comments are personal in nature. For example, '...despite people who are full of spite and revenge.” There is no proof to support this statement and it goes beyond professional decorum.
    9. Another example: Hance said there is no question that Eastham is trying to hurt him and someone else may be behind the attacks as well. “Those guys would not be doing this on their own if they didn’t have the green light from someone else,” he said.
    10. Hance sounds almost "paranoid"...even if he's right, why is he making that comment? Again, outside of professional boundaries. As Chancellor he should take the high road and not allow his personal feelings to intrude. Especially in his public statements.
    11. All you have to do is look at the comments on this board to see the emotions this article has evoked, and I will state the obvious: they are not positive or helpful.
    12. I don't agree with what Eastham is doing. I understand his feelings toward Hance, but don't agree with or support hurting Tech to get to Hance. I'm sure there are other ways to accomplish his goal.
    13. Someone had to inform the reporter about this story. Was it Tech? Was it Charlie Hodges? Neither side comes out looking good.
    14. The reporter appears to have been led to a certain extent. Everyone can draw their own conclusion to which side (why do there have to be sides? Raise your hand if you wish Tech had paid Leach his $800k bonus & we didn't talk about this anymore).
    15. There is zero proof provided that Leach has any ties to this action. The way the article reads, it was the Chancellor who suggested that association.
    16. Eastham was part of a group that gave Leach a sword for Christmas in 2009. He is a Leach fan. He has money. None of this proves anything.
    17. Eastham's association with Hodges is a questionable choice.
    18. This seems like an article full of conjecture, not facts, designed to stir things up. If that's the case, mission accomplished.

     
  • RazorDog posted at 10:20 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    RazorDog Posts: 11

    Calm down Chris, it'll be OK.

    You're getting all worked up over nothing.

    Just hit the post button once please. [smile]

     
  • ChrisK posted at 8:50 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    Right TxTechsan, and I'm Abraham Lincoln. Tech has no problem releasing anything to the state auditors, but all of us who actually graduated from Tech have plenty of problems releasing any information to a group of hatemongers who are loyal to a disgruntled ex-employee. Anyone with any common sense can understand why.

    The Team Leach group can try and spin things any way it wants, but everyone under the sun knows what your motives and agenda are.

    The big loser in this whole thing will be Leach and Hodges. Leach because if he ever leaves or gets fired from WSU (which is probable) no one is ever going to hire him. Hodges because he picked the wrong political fight with Hance. It's not likely to end well for either of them.

    And if you've ever been in a hiring position you can understand why any prospective employer of Leach isn't going to want anything to do with him going forward. He's proven to be someone Tech made a huge mistake in hiring. He simply isn't worth the problems he causes either with the student athletes or the administration.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 8:48 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    Right TxTechsan, and I'm Abraham Lincoln. Tech has no problem releasing anything to the state auditors, but all of us who actually graduated from Tech have plenty of problems releasing any information to a group of hatemongers who are loyal to a disgruntled ex-employee. Anyone with any common sense can understand why.

    The Team Leach group can try and spin things any way it wants, but everyone under the sun knows what your motives and agenda is.

    The big loser in this whole thing will be Leach and Hodges. Leach because if he ever leaves or gets fired from WSU (which is probable) no one is ever going to fire him. Hodges because he picked the wrong political fight with Hance. It's not likely to end well for either of them.

    And if you've ever been in a hiring position you can understand why any prospective employer of Leach isn't going to want anything to do with him going forward. He's proven to be someone Tech made a huge mistake in hiring. He simply isn't worth the problems he causes either with the student athletes or the administration.

     
  • TxTechsan posted at 8:27 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    TxTechsan Posts: 5

    TTAlum,

    I supported Leach and still care what happens to him. I also have a degree from Tech. I graduated in 2000 with a Marketing degree.

    I know one thing, if Tech had nothing to hide they would release the books, no questions asked. Just like they hid behind sovereign immunity with the Leach debacle, they are hiding again. Even if Eastham is wrong and Tech's numbers are correct, Tech will once again look like it's hiding something.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 6:19 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    I don't care if you say your brother was Mike Leach himself. If you think Lyle wasn't "asked" to leave because of his confrontation with Leach then you're misinformed.

    And people who leave because their wife is sick don't get buyouts.

     
  • foolieoo posted at 6:05 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    foolieoo Posts: 3

    I am really close with my brother, So look up John Jennings 2004 football staff. Get It right! And I'm sure you know because you work there right!

     
  • ChrisK posted at 5:43 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    Foolieoo, I can't speak for Lubbockite but what he/she said is true. If you think otherwise then either your story about your brother is a total lie or you and your brother aren't too close.

     
  • foolieoo posted at 4:42 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    foolieoo Posts: 3

    Lubbockite, you can think what you want but I know for a FACT that Lyle left and was not Fired! My brother work for Lyle! Yes, Leach has a big head and is a pain to work for but get you facts right! Wreck'em Tech

     
  • TTechAlum posted at 1:56 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    TTechAlum Posts: 14

    ChrisK, you're right on. But they are going to keep on doing what they're doing because they aren't smart enough to realize that a player-abusing football coach is not what universities are about.

    Few if any Team Leachers have degrees from Tech, and hardly any of them have degrees from anywhere. Their leader, someone named Becky, does not have a college degree. These Team Leachers are not exactly Rhodes Scholars, so it's not all that surprising that they would act so silly over a football coach.

    As for Hodges, it seems pretty clear where he gets his paycheck from. And as the AJ stated, back in 2010, he was the creator and organizer of Team Leach and began his business relationship with Leach when his first contract issues came up in 2008.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 1:39 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    bryan d:

    Lets not play with each other. I understand why FOI exists. It's the motives of the Team Leachers trying to incriminate Tech that people are up in arms about.

    Team Leach, Hodges, etc. definitely aren't trying to dig up information to help Tech. They want to take down Hance and Tech at any cost, which is the only motive they have for what they are doing.

     
  • bryan d posted at 12:37 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    bryan d Posts: 1

    @ Chris K: FOI exists because it provides extra transparency between government agencies (such as TTU) and the public. Professionalism and integrity alone should compel TTU to comply with the request AS IT IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO. Should be end of story there. If TTU is shown to be lying about the T 1 claims, it's their own fault and whatever follows should be taken up with the liars. If TTU's able to back up their talk, they decisively weaken their critics.

    I really question the motives behind the article here and those who present this as anything bigger than the molehill it actually is.


     
  • team pill snorters posted at 12:36 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    team pill snorters Posts: 1

    Is this old diaper crapping stiffs still around wth. Team i snort pills and a covicted fellon Leach lover. This Sunday them worthless old wore out teachers, a broken down batman and the ugliest man known to man the goofy man with the hat and ugly glasses forgot his name. They will preying for Mike leach on sunday not GOD . They have 15 people who think Mike is a great football coach who cares about the fast piece of garbage his in washington now u stupid drug user's. I bet he wins 4 games this year and leads the nation in most points scored on them.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 12:02 pm on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    Thanks troulon. That about sums it up.

    Anyone who says Leach isn't behind this is either not being honest or is ignorant. All it takes is a few crackpots to make the entire Tech fanbase look silly.

     
  • TTUsupporter posted at 11:57 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    TTUsupporter Posts: 1

    I completely agree. As a TTU alum, I am just annoyed by this negativity trying to bring down our university. We should be celebrating the fact we have come this far. We have never even been close to where we are in our efforts for Tier-One status. Before the Chancellor and President Bailey started this campaign, the thought of Texas Tech as a Tier-One school would have, sadly, almost been laughable. Whether it takes 5 years or 10 years makes no difference because this is truly an outstanding accomplishment for our school.

    People who use the comment section below news articles should use the space to post intelligent, factual opinions or additional information. They should not use it to carry out some kind of agenda to defame and unjustly accuse people.

    Most importantly, if you are going to make comments or accuse those in administrative positions at a higher education institution, you better have a degree from that institution hanging on your wall or at least have contributed enough money, time and support to make your opinion worthwhile (just purchasing football tickets or sports paraphernalia absolutely does not count). Otherwise, you are simply attacking those people who actually have shown their love and support by contributing to the betterment of this school.

    This is the very first time anyone has even questioned the validity of this information, for a reason. Texas Tech is a great institution and working hard to become better and better. These numbers have been checked hundreds of times by more qualified individuals than Eastham. The university would not submit inaccurate numbers maliciously because that would only hurt their most important asset, the students. An alumnus who would attack his own school because of his own opinion about a football program, has absolutely no right to call himself an alumni or in any way related to Texas Tech.

    If you are angry at the Chancellor, send him a letter, call his office, do whatever makes you personally feel better and can go about your day, but absolutely nothing you do will get him, his staff or the board of regents removed. If you don’t like his politics, that’s fine – he probably doesn’t like yours either. The fact of the matter is our administration has done so much more than you ever have for this university. I understand if you are upset about our football program's past two years. We are all upset about it. No one is more upset about losing than the Chancellor himself - no one. That man lives and breathes for the university, but you people, full of negativity, would not know that because you are too busy trying to attack the people who work day and night to better Texas Tech. If you want to make Texas Tech change, or if you want to improve our football program, try contributing in a positive way - donate some money so we can improve athletics programs, send Tuberville a note of encouragement, send our team some encouragement (what do you think it does to players when all they hear is that our football program "sucks" and is "ruined since Mike Leach left"?), bring donations to the team before they leave for Lancaster on their tornado relief trip. Stop bashing the administration, stop bashing our team (for god's sake they are students, not professional football players, and they deserve some credit), stop arguing with each other, and stop preaching about Mike Leach.

    Mike Leach is gone. Get over it. He is not coming back, ever. So why waste your breathe, time and money complaining about it? Why don't you support our team and our players? Have you ever thought how much better we might be if we actually had a community who rallied behind our students and football team despite your own personal opinion? If there is anyone to blame for this controversy, for these ongoing arguments, for the lack of support, for this alumni on alumni fighting - blame Mike Leach himself. As it has been said multiple times before, the entire culmination of Leach's actions over his tenure here was the reason for his termination. You cannot mistreat players (not even referring to the incidence with James). You cannot act insubordinately to your employers. You cannot disgrace your school in the public eye (i.e. urinating in a pool in front of many witnesses). The administration tried to work with him multiple times, why would they want to get rid of a coach we all liked? We all loved the man, myself included, but when it comes down to it, not one but himself was to blame for his own termination. Take up your complaints with him. He actually got a lot out of this deal. His termination as head coach at Tech allowed him to write a book and gain more national attention than he ever had in his entire life. People know his name because of this. He has made money from this ordeal. Mike Leach is fine, and he is fine where he is. If you are not, and you aren't willing to support the school, then please join him at Washington State. We will survive without you.

    I have never felt compelled to respond to anything written on these kind of blogs/comment sections before now, but I felt that maybe, as a 100% supportive TTU alum, my opinion actually mattered in this case. I know Ms. Becky or any number of other negative people will tear apart what I say, and that is fine – it is their right. But anyone else who actually cares about our students may be able to see past their feeble agenda and accusations.

    Support your university! Support your students! This is bigger than Mike Leach, Kent Hance, Eastman or Hodges. This is about our students. And Texas Tech University, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University have made such incredible progress in the past several years that no "Team Leach" member, anti-Hancer, or TTU basher can change that. Be proud of our accomplishments and the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and administration. Wholeheartedly support Texas Tech University and the entire System. Get off your high horse because with or without you this school will continue to succeed. If football is all you care about, try giving these kids some encouragement instead of tearing down their program and the administrators they look up to take care of them and have their best interest at heart.

    WRECK ‘EM TECH!

     
  • troulon posted at 11:32 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    troulon Posts: 1

    According to a Lubbock Avalanche-Journal article dated December 2009, shortly before the Leach firing Lynn Eastham, and some others, presented Leach with a Rolex Watch and a Stainless Steel replica pirate sword. It appears from this article that Eastham was, and is, a true believing soldier of the Leach fanatics. Here is a link to the Avalanche-Journal article: http://lubbockonline.com/stories/120409/spo_531825923.shtml

     
  • ChrisK posted at 10:00 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    I don't think people are worried, but annoyed that people are trying their best to find mistakes that will bring down Tech's efforts simply because a boorish football coach got fired.

    The state audits those numbers, so any mistakes would have been found anyway. The fact that a couple of trouble makers are trying to come up with mistakes is what makes people angry.

    As has been stated many times, Team Leach is a hate group. Nothing more.

     
  • RazorDog posted at 9:28 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    RazorDog Posts: 11

    as I said earlier:

    Why worry about it?

    If there is no problem they will be digging for nothing.

    You people are being worked.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 9:06 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    This whole thing is stupid. A bunch of ignorant people with nothing better to do than try to tear down Tech because of a football coach (and a coach who's record wasn't even all that great).

    They are like cockroaches.

    And good point Lubbockite. They didn't seem to care when a coach with a losing record got fired. And if a professor, librarian, or custodian got fired under the same circumstances they wouldn't care either.

    It used to make me mad when rivals would joke that Tech fans are stupid, but now I totally understand where they are coming from. I know Team Leach represents only a minority of fans, but they make the entire fanbase look like "Tards".

     
  • Lubbockite posted at 8:56 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    Lubbockite Posts: 7

    Razor,

    Mike Leach has proven he will say alot of things that benefit him whether they are true or not. Thanks for the advice though.

     
  • Lubbockite posted at 8:55 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    Lubbockite Posts: 7

    Becky,

    Mr. Moore is just as much of a Team Leacher with an agenda as you, Hodges, and the rest of those goons. Everything he writes on his blog is tearing down Tech and written on Mike Leach's behalf.

    You Leachers are really something else. And on another thread someone mentioned that you Becky actually LEAD Team Leach but don't even have a degree from Tech??? Talk about having an agenda.

     
  • Becky T posted at 8:05 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

    Becky T Posts: 8

    Mr. Moore has some good points. http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-lubbock/texas-tech-hance-object-to-citizen-inquiry

     
  • RazorDog posted at 11:21 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    RazorDog Posts: 11

    Easy to prove, call Mike Leack and ask him.

    He will take or return your call.

    He will tell you he does not talk to Hodges weekly and he is not behind this.

     
  • Lubbockite posted at 10:59 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Lubbockite Posts: 7

    And I'm 100% certain you're wrong. We'll just have to agree to disagree. [smile]

     
  • RazorDog posted at 10:34 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    RazorDog Posts: 11

    I am 100 percent certain.

     
  • Lubbockite posted at 9:54 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Lubbockite Posts: 7

    darlinclemintine, Hodges is STILL a member of Team Leach and guides their PR efforts.

    RazorDog, you clearly don't know what you speak of my friend.

     
  • RazorDog posted at 8:43 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    RazorDog Posts: 11

    ChrisK

    I can assure Leach does not talk to Hodges weekly.

     
  • darlinclementine posted at 8:32 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    darlinclementine Posts: 6

    The contents of this story are very misleading. Although it does state that Charlie Hodges "represented" Team Leach, it was a ONE TIME act only. While Hodges was paid to represent Team Leach in organizing the rally and he is still a member of Team Leach, he does NOT represent Team Leach now, nor has he since the rally over 2 year ago. He does NOT speak for Team Leach nor is he representing Team Leach in this effort. It is my understanding that he represents Eastham and Eastham only in this effort. It seems the one's that love to make fun of TL and accuse them of having a conspiracy theory have way to many conspiracy theories of their own to deal with.

     
  • Lubbockite posted at 7:23 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Lubbockite Posts: 7

    foolieoo,

    Wrong you are. Lyle's wife was sick at the time, but he was forced to resign after he criticized Leach for some off the field comments.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 7:20 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    RazorDog,

    Hodges speaks to Leach weekly if not more often. You can bet he's behind it. Join RRS and maybe you'll get more background.

    Hodges does nothing without Leach's approval.

     
  • RazorDog posted at 6:44 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    RazorDog Posts: 11

    I doubt Charlie Hodges has ever spoken more than a few words to Mike Leach.

    He strikes me as a 'hanger-onner' who thinks he is righting a wrong.

    You people who think Leach is behind this are as bad as the Leachers.

    Don't believe me, just ask ML. He will take your call.

     
  • foolieoo posted at 6:41 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    foolieoo Posts: 3

    Lubbockite, I don't know where you get your info from, but Leach did not fire Lyle. He (Lyle Setencich) left because his wife was sick!

     
  • ChrisK posted at 6:30 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    Of course Mike Leach has everything to do with this. Neither Hodges nor that Eastham person would care if they weren't working for Leach.

    You Team Leachers are really too much. At first I felt bad when people called you crackpots, but now I'm starting to understand why. I don't think your mission is to help Mike Leach, it's to tear down Tech.

     
  • disgustedTTUalum posted at 6:29 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    disgustedTTUalum Posts: 1

    Poor Lubbock. Nobody to blame but Mike Leach. Pretty lame journalism too. Substitute any name you choose for Leach behind "a fan of _______". Any and all could be true and Eastham proud of.

    Truth, Transparency, Tubberville, SquareBob, BBQ, Obama, .. who cares and what does it matter in regards to T-1?? The story they want to spin for the locals that there is only one man in the world who is not awed by the Hance image. They want to hide the facts that there are a lot of donors and a lot of local business who have been losing money faster than Hance can raise it after he killed football. This has nothing to do with Leach. People are openly going after Hance and getting confirmation on his version of "tier one status" confirmed. If they decide he was lying, he's gone. The sooner, the better.

     
  • TTechAlum posted at 6:25 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    TTechAlum Posts: 14

    RazorDog,

    Mike Leach has everything to do with this. Paper trails are never invisible, and Charlie Hodges would never get involved with something like this without Leach's approval. We all know that.

    I know the Team Leach Underground website is sending people out to write comments everywhere saying Leach had nothing to do with it (that site isn't as private as you may think [wink]), but a PR move like that doesn't erase paper trails.

     
  • rnnlubbock posted at 5:17 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    rnnlubbock Posts: 1

    I learned one thing about Chancellor hance many years ago, long before the Leach debacle. If his mouth is moving, he is most likely telling a lie. He is all about promoting Hance above all else.

     
  • already posted at 5:06 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    already Posts: 2

    So, we automatically believe what Setencich says about Leach without question? What makes him so credible?

    So much anger in these comments.

     
  • RazorDog posted at 5:00 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    RazorDog Posts: 11

    You guys are seriously deluded if you think Leach has anything to do with this nonsense.

    [beam][beam][beam][beam]

     
  • TTechAlum posted at 4:23 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    TTechAlum Posts: 14

    Agree Lubbockite.

    TxTechsan: The state already does an audit on these numbers, which means this is just an attempt by Leach, Team Leach, Hodges, etc. to create negative attention. The state's audit is exceptionally thorough, so you basically have a disgruntled ex-employee trying to find anything he can to cause problems.

    I have to agree with Lubbockite. Leach had better mind his P's and Q's at WSU AND win because no one is ever going to hire him again. It took him long enough to find the job at WSU, and he only got it because they were desperate.

     
  • Lubbockite posted at 3:56 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Lubbockite Posts: 7

    I've had it with Team Leach embarrassing Lubbock. Do they not have a life?

    Heck, Leach fired Lyle for criticizing him but Leach and his uneducated minions think it's ok for him to tell Hance to "F Himself".

    Who in the heck is every going to hire Mike Leach again after he ends up getting himself fired at WSU?

     
  • TxTechsan posted at 3:32 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    TxTechsan Posts: 5

    I have no problem with this. Tech has been hiding behind sovereign immunity for long enough and I'm ready to see what comes out of this little inquiry.

     
  • Matt A Dor posted at 2:30 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Matt A Dor Posts: 1

    Maybe finally all the Leacher's will wake up to the REAL MIKE LEACH! Get your heads out.......

     
  • tuvervilletrain44 posted at 2:25 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    tuvervilletrain44 Posts: 1

    Dear Daily Toreador,

    Shame on you. Why are you covering Team Leach stories still? I know there are better stories about Tech's education and athletics to write about. Team Leach is a dream, a hopeless dream of efforts to denigrate the university. Their objectives have clearly been a smear campaign on our own university, so why are you covering it still?

    It says Eastham graduated in '91. Nothing is better than having a student graduate from the university, and then come back and try to tear it down. I'm glad the education she received is paying off well. Eastham please go put your efforts elsewhere because we are tired of hearing about this mess.

     
  • TTechAlum posted at 1:56 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    TTechAlum Posts: 14

    Agree Wreck'em. Was a coach who averaged 8 wins a year really worth this garbage? Even if he won 10 championships he wouldn't be worth it.

     
  • Wreck'em88 posted at 1:37 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Wreck'em88 Posts: 1

    Well, I guess I won't be watching any Washington State games next year. In fact, I hope they lose every game they play.

    Leach talked about how he loved Tech students, that's BS. He's only out for himself.

    And Becky T, don't insult our intelligence by acting like Leach isn't behind this. If Charlie Hodges is involved it's because of Mike Leach. I never thought I'd say it, but I really hate Mike Leach.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 1:27 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    Charlie Hodges was the one who started Team Leach, it's well documented that he arranged the first "protest" on campus.

    He does work for Leach, no doubt and is one of the most vocal members of Team Leach.

     
  • ChrisK posted at 1:22 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    ChrisK Posts: 21

    Nothing will ever happen with this, but it just shows why Hance and Co. wanted to get rid of Leach. What a piece of work!

    Anyone still affiliated with Team Leach should have their head examined.

     
  • Becky T posted at 1:15 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Becky T Posts: 8

    Charlie Hodges doesn't work for Coach Leach or for Team Leach. That I know to be fact.

     
  • DFWTechsan posted at 1:12 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    DFWTechsan Posts: 6

    I'm so sick of Mike Leach. I wish we had never hired that guy.

    When he was fired I thought it was a mistake, but after two years of his immaturity I can see why he was so disliked within the administration.

    As for Hodges, I hope he is blacklisted from any future Tech event. When he started Team Leach and told us it was "grassroots" I actually believed him. Now it's clear he's a hired hand for Leach.

     
  • TTechAlum posted at 12:31 pm on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    TTechAlum Posts: 14

    Becky T, give us all a break. If the Hodges guy is involved it has Leach's name all over it. I'm sure the courts can bring some financial documents into play that prove it.

    If even Lyle is saying how vindictive Leach is, it just underscores the obvious.

     
  • Becky T posted at 11:33 am on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Becky T Posts: 8

    I also doubt very much that Coach Leach has the time or motivation to pursue this. He is going through the court system with his grievance and I know he has NO interest in damaging Texas Tech, the institution. I suspect that Coach Setencich has an axe to grind and his comments are pure speculation.

     
  • Gypsy posted at 11:28 am on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Gypsy Posts: 5

    Come on, DT. Eastham may be fan of Mike Leach but this has nothing to do with Coach or Team Leach. Team Leach is NOT trying to tear down Texas Tech University. Far from it - we are providing scholarships for students to attend Tech!

    Here is the mission statement for Team Leach: "To encourage team work, ethics, academics, and support the greatest captain of the gridiron, Mike Leach, and to keep his name alive at Texas Tech."

    I have been so proud of DT's work on many stories lately but this piece is simply misleading. The timing is very suspect as well. I am extremely disappointed.

     
  • 4Tech posted at 11:27 am on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    4Tech Posts: 3

    And being in the news for law suits on the coach and players with not even winning season is better LOL?

     
  • RazorDog posted at 11:25 am on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    RazorDog Posts: 11

    Why worry about it?

    If there is no problem they will be digging for nothing.

    I'd look more at UH people being behind it.

     
  • Becky T posted at 11:05 am on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Becky T Posts: 8

    I just want to make it clear that this WAS NOT done at the directive of Team Leach. We're raising money for a scholarship at Texas Tech.....not spending time and resources on this type of endeavor. I don't know whose idea it was and that's not really my concern. My energy is focused elsewhere.

     
  • TTechAlum posted at 10:19 am on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    TTechAlum Posts: 14

    This is so incredibly stupid. At one point I was sympathetic to Leach, but now I can honestly say I understand why he was fired and why no other major schools would hire him until someone as desperate as Washington State came along.

    I wish we had never hired that guy. His 8-4 seasons weren't worth the trouble, especially considering the guy never even won a championship.

     
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