Fans prepare to show support for Leach at rally - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/16/09

Fans prepare to show support for Leach at rally

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Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - There's still no word on what the final outcome will be, but the deadline for Texas Tech Football Coach Mike Leach's contract negotiations is Tuesday at 5 p.m. 

On Monday, fans are preparing to show their support for Leach at a rally. Fans of Texas Tech Football and Coach Mike Leach brushed up on their art skills as they prepared for Tuesday's rally.

"The rally is not for one side or the other. It's for we support Mike Leach, he did a good job with the football team last year. The popularity of our football team is growing, the fans are coming out at record numbers and that's really important," said Texas Tech student Ryan Muse.

The rally will take place at 11:30 Tuesday morning and many hope their support will keep Coach Leach around. "We all supported the team, the school, Mike Leach and I think that's what made the season so great and if we start fighting on contracts and all that then it is going to lose the mentality and the whole support and what we've been known for," said Texas Tech student Jennifer Taler. 

This rally comes after some controversy surrounding Leach's contract. Some fans say the university is not handling this situation the best way possible. "I'm thinking now they need to get this back to the adult professional. Screaming this is it, this is it, you've got to do this, this is our last offer, this is our last chance - I'm sorry that's not the way this kind of thing should be handled," said Leach fan Fred Howell. 

But other groups believe $12.7 million is too much money for a five year deal, like the website Take A Hike Mike shows.

"It seems like there are two sides forming on this and it doesn't really need to be that way. It doesn't matter how you feel about the whole situation, it's more as getting back as one team and that's Texas Tech team," said Muse.

The rally starts in Raiderville Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m. and will continue until 1 p.m.

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