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March 11, 2010

Videos show Mike Leach behind closed doors at Tech

Post-game videos of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach during the 2009 season show Leach directing players, whom he calls the "God squad guys," how to pray and also threatening the "living situation" of some players because, "Last time I checked, we're paying the (expletive) bills around here."

The videos, which are unedited and may be offensive to some, were taken by a Texas Tech film crew inside the post-game locker room.

They were obtained from Texas Tech under the Texas Open Records Act.

After a 20-13 victory over Baylor on Nov. 28, 2009, Leach is seen for several minutes using expletives to criticize his players for thinking they're "too good" to play Baylor and for an up-and-down season, including a "close" loss to Texas.

"There's a couple of you guys that your current living situation is going to change," Leach says. "We've got several of you, particularly on offense, all you do is pull mediocrity out of one another. Well, you're going to live somewhere else. Last time I checked, we're paying the (expletive) bills."

After a 42-21 victory over Kansas on Oct. 31, 2009, Leach directs some of his players, whom he calls "God squad guys," about how to pray.

"What does God say? 'If you're lukewarm, I'll spew you out,'" Leach says. "… If you're a defensive player, I don't need one side of the brain on playing defense and one side thinking, 'Oh gee, I wonder, this. I wonder that. I wonder the other thing.' No, no. Screw that.

"Your whole head's got to be on defense. Your whole head has to be on offense. Your whole head for that play has to be on special teams. If you're not doing that, you guys who are throwing the book around all the time, you're defying the book."

Leach was fired with cause as coach at Texas Tech in December with four years remaining on a five-year $12.7 million contract. The school contends it owes Leach nothing because he was guilty of insubordination after filing for a restraining order to coach his team in the Alamo Bowl two days after being suspended.

Leach has sued the school for breach of contract, slander and libel and claims he is entitled to the $10 million that was left on his contract plus damages.

Leach is expected to be deposed on Friday in Lubbock as part of a lawsuit he has filed against Texas Tech. A gag order has been placed on both parties in the lawsuit by the judge overseeing the case.

Reached on Thursday, Leach said he could not comment on the video because of the gag order. Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers, reached in Kansas City at the Big 12 Basketball Tournament, also declined to comment because of the gag order in the case.



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