Texas Tech players speak out on Leach
SAN ANTONIO -- Texas Tech players, fresh off a come-from-behind victory over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl, said the incident involving Adam James that led to the firing of coach Mike Leach was just the last in a line of problems this season involving the coach and players.
Many players expressed views, but didn't want to go on the record after an emotional 41-31 victory over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl late Saturday night. Some did.
Senior offensive lineman Brandon Carter, who admitted he and Leach haven't always seen eye-to-eye, said fans who were quick to pile on James -- including lustily booing him as the team headed to the locker room at halftime -- as the reason for Leach's firing don't know the entire story.
"I don't want to say anything bad about the fans, but this is not the first situation that something like this has happened [with Leach]. This is just the first time someone stepped forward," Carter said. "I don't want fans thinking that Adam James did this because he was upset but it was just kind of the last straw, and sooner or later something was going to come out. This is the first situation that someone spoke up about.
"We always thought that Mike Leach was a great coach, and he always has been. This year, I don't know if it was personal issues or what not, but things just kind of turned for the worst and it just became a big distraction this year for us. And I think that's one reason we were so up and down this year, because some of the things that he said to his players and some of the things that were done. People just didn't cope with that."