2009 Off-Season Roundup
The News Stories You Need To Know ... April 1
* It's nice to see that the public contract feud between Mike
Leach and Texas Tech hasn't dampened the spirits of the Pirate of
Lubbock. Everyone's favorite mad scientist likes to tout his
graduation rate, and he clearly takes it seriously. After wide
receiver Edward Britton failed to show up for tutoring, Leach
dragged a desk out to the 50-yard-line at Jones AT&T Stadium and
forced Britton to study outside. That's not so bad in Gainesville or
Los Angeles, but it happened to be a brisk 30 degree day in Lubbock.
Leach expected Britton to stay out there and finish his duties,
threatening, "If somehow he fails to do that, then that'll be the
last we ever hear of Easy Ed," Leach said. Let there be no doubt:
there is a method to Leach's madness. And we're all the better for
* The Rust Belt might be hit hard by the faltering economy, but
Ohio State athletics is still big business. The university has sold
the media rights for its sports programs, in a partnership with IMG
College and RadiOhio, in a ten-year deal guaranteeing the school
$110 million. Just think how spectacular the deal would be had they
won a BCS game in the last half-decade.
* Nebraska has given Bo Pelini a contract extension following
last year's 9-4 campaign. Who says big time college football is more
vicious than ever? Frank Solich went 9-3 at that school and got
fired, so we've come a long way.
151 days and counting...