From The Associated Press
MEMPHIS (AP) – While Mike Leach has certainly revamped the Mississippi state football schedule in two short seasons, some of his fingerprints remain on Texas Tech years after he was fired by the Red Raiders.
Leach will be on Get his first chance to compete against one of his previous programs and train against a former player Tuesday when the teams clash at the Liberty Bowl.
The matchup is personal for Leach for other reasons as well. He hasn’t forgotten how his tenure at Texas Tech ended or the money he believes he owes.
« We should sort this out, » Leach said Monday. “You should pay me. And you know, we should all celebrate successes together. But that doesn’t seem to be what they have in mind. ”
With 84 wins between 2000 and 2009, Leach not only remains the most successful coach in Texas Tech history, but Sonny Cumbie played between 2002 and 2004 too A 9-4 season for Leach between 2002 and 2004.
« You cheated on me for $ 2.6 million plus four years of my contract, and I think it’s very generous on my part, yourself to settle for $ 2.6 million, « said Leach.
Mississippi State (7-5) is doing much better in the coach’s second season with Leach’s Air Raid system. Second year quarterback Will Rogers has the Bulldogs third in the country with an average of 385.7 yards of passing and 30.9 points per game.
Rogers has thrown 300 yards in 10 straight games. He leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks second nationwide with a school record of 4,449 yards, the eighth SEC quarterback to ever hit the 4,000-yard mark in one season.
A win will be the Bulldogs’ best result since winning eight games in 2018 after backing the regular season with a 31-21 loss to then No. 8 Ole Miss.
Cumbie went on at Texas Tech as a player for Leach, who later joined him awarded a scholarship. Leach also gave Cumbie a post as a graduate student. Cumbie said he has great respect for his former coach and boss, but notes that none of them will be playing.
This has been a tough season for Texas Tech. Cumbie is 1-3 since replacing Matt Wells, who was fired on October 15th. He leaves to coach Louisiana Tech, with Joey McGuire already hired to take over the program after that AutoZone sponsored bowl.
Cumbie’s focus is on finishing this job and helping the Red Raiders have fun to have. Texas Tech fell to the then No. 9 Baylor with a 27-24 loss.
« It’s just not a football game, » said Cumbie. « It’s a 13th game our boys have earned. »
• Mississippi State (7-5) vs. Texas Tech (6-6)
• Tuesday at 5:45 pm in Memphis
• TV: ESPN
• Radio: 105.5 FM
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