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1/13/10

Team Leach prepares for rally

By Brittany Pieper - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's back to school as a new semester starts for Texas Tech students, and the biggest news over the break for many on campus was the firing of Coach Mike Leach. Whether you agree with the administration's actions or not, everyone was talking about it.

"You can't say no to your boss and not get fired," said TTU student, Curtis Leitko.

"I think a lot of people are really upset about it," said student, Devin Bohon.

"I'm a pretty big Mike Leach fan, so I wanted to get the full story, and I don't think they did a good job of handling that. I was kind of disappointed in the whole thing, but now that we have a new coach, I think Tommy Tuberville was a good choice," said David Marzak. 

T group called Team Leach planned a rally for Thursday afternoon to thank Leach for his years at Tech. They expect a good turnout from die-hard Leach fans like Lindsey Schipper who said, "the students should go to show their support for their pirate captain."

However, many students say they'll opt out.

"I will not be attending the rally for the simple fact of what does it help? what does it accomplish?" said Leitko. "I think now that we have a new coach, we should support him. No, I probably won't attend," said Marzak. 

Team Leach also invited University administration to attend because they want questions about the firing answered, but both the Chancellor and President declined. However, the University says they still support student's right to have the rally, and have worked with organizers to facilitate it.

"There are students involved. It's a freedom of expression issue, and they're certainly more than welcome to do the rally," said TTU Communications Director Sally Post. 

"We're all hoping for a good, peaceful, active rally where a voice can be heard," said Team Leach Spokesman, Charlie Hodges.

Team Leach will hold the rally on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Memorial Circle on the TTU campus.

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