LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - "Double T - Double Cross," the anticipated book from Scottsdale Book Publishing about the firing of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach, has a captain and crew.
Michael Lee Lanning is the author of the book, and he is working with a team of researchers to examine every detail and major event surrounding Texas Tech University's decision to fire the most successful football coach in school history.
"Michael Lee Lanning's writing style provides an impartial insight of the facts and his ability to let the reader decide why Texas Tech would fire the man who brought victory and fame to their University," said Scottsdale Book Publishing owner Dean Wegner.
Lanning and his research team are pouring over an array of court documents and depositions, conducting interviews, and attempting to get reactions from key players in the firing.
"I have never been a big sports fan," Lanning said. "But this fascinates me. There is depth to this story that will interest not only football fans, but people who value intrigue and what happens behind the scenes – especially when you consider all of this was happening at a university that gets taxpayer funding,"
His research team includes legal analysts, professional researchers and a sports journalist whose main responsibility is to get responses from key participants in the firing, including Texas Tech officials, the James family and companies who they contracted to shape public opinion about Coach Leach. Leach has already declined comment on the book and is not participating in its publication.
Lanning's goal is to make "Double T – Double Cross" the definitive source that ties all of the complicated facets of the Leach firing into one publication.
"Double T - Double Cross" is just one more jewel in Lanning's writing resume. He is the author of over 18 non-fiction books on military history, selling over a million copies in 15 countries. His work has been translated into 11 languages.
The New York Times called his book, Vietnam 1969-1970: A Company Commander's Journal, "...one of the most honest and horrifying accounts of a combat soldier's life to come out of the Vietnam War."
He has also appeared on major television networks and The History Channel as an expert on the individual soldier and addressing the real life involvement of war.
Before becoming an author, Lanning served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.