Coaches Behaving Badly

By Adam Caparell - November 13, 2007


Mike Leach always has something to say and when he does he rarely holds back. So it came as little surprise that the Texas Tech coach was critical of the officiating in his Red Raiders loss to Texas last weekend. Or that it cost him $10,000.

Leach was levied with the steepest penalty in Big 12 history Tuesday for his comments after Saturday's game in which he condemned the officials for negating not one, but two Texas Tech touchdowns and another non-call on what Leach felt should have been a roughing the quarterback penalty.

Leach described the officiating as a "total travesty" and called the Big 12's instant replay system "a total sham." Subsequently he was docked roughly .6 percent of his yearly salary for not choosing his words more wisely and if it happens again, warned Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, he could be subject to a bigger fine and possible suspension.

But Leach wasn't the only coach to come under fire this past weekend. Wyoming's Joe Glenn got in trouble from the MWC for giving the finger to Utah coach Kyle Whittingham after the Utes attempted an on-side kick mid-way through the third. But you can't blame Glenn for this one.

Whittingham called for the kick with his team up 43 in the middle of the third quarter and Glenn made sure his displeasure was known. The Moutain West Conference reprimanded Glenn - it was his first violation under the league's sportsmanship policy - but maybe the Cowboys coach had it coming to him. Glenn guaranteed earlier in the week Wyoming would win the game. Getting trounced 50-0 - it was Wyoming's first shutout loss since 2004 - would make any coach mad, and probably a little emotional. But Glenn, obviously, got a little too emotional.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 04:41 PM on November 13, 2007
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