The time Mike Leach called the Big 12 commissioner from the sidelines
Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell sat down with RedRaiderSports.com's Aaron Dickens before Saturday's game with Kansas State in Lubbock. As expected, the two reminisced about Harrell's glory days under Mike Leach. Harrell talked about how Leach would signal in a formation but force Harrell to call the play, essentially making Harrell his own co-offensive coordinator.
Then Harrell remembered the time Leach pulled out his cell phone during a game to complain to the Big 12 commissioner.
Um, what now?
"I can remember in the third quarter, he's pulling his cell phone out," Harrell says of Texas Tech's 2007 loss at Texas. "He always talked to me between series, so he's talking to me and he pulls his cell phone out and he called the Big 12 commissioner. He's like cussing out the Big 12 commissioner, telling him like, 'These refs are screwing us. You better watch my post-game press conference because I've got some stuff to say.'"
(Skip to the 13:54 mark to see for yourself.)
Texas Tech lost the game, 59-43, and Leach later called the officiating "a complete travesty." The Big 12 fined him $10,000, at the time the largest fine ever levied by the conference.
I'm at a loss whether to be more amazed that:
A) ABC television cameras didn't catch Leach talking on his cell phone during the middle of a game. That's not a common occurrence.
B) Leach was actually able to get a call out standing in the center of a 100,000-seat stadium.
Harrell then talked about the time Leach told then-Red Raiders defensive coordinator Lyle Stenencich his plans to make a personnel change at that position over headset during the third quarter of Texas Tech's 49-45 loss to Oklahoma State. You may remember that one as the game that sparked Mike Gundy's "I'm a man! I'm 40!" tirade.
It's beginning to sound more and more like ESPN needs to produce a "30 for 30" on Texas Tech's 2007 season.