September 25, 2007

Leach: We needed a new mentality

With less than 20 seconds remaining in the game on Saturday evening, Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell found his freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Just like the other three times that Harrell had connected with Crabtree for a six point play, the second year starter zipped the ball in his direction.

But unlike the other three instances, this time Crabtree could not hang on. As the pigskin hit the turf, so did the hearts of Red Raider fans across the country. The news came shortly thereafter that there would be change in the coaching staff for the remainder of the season. But if Crabtree catches the ball, does the team move on without having to make any major moves?

"Well, I don't know," answered head coach Mike Leach. "But the thing about it is that it doesn't change the fact that the game was very flawed and that we needed to adjust to some things. I think that it really changes the mood a little bit but it doesn't really change what is. It doesn't change what is at all."

"What is" was the fact that Tech had accumulated 718 yards on offense and still not been able to chalk the Oklahoma State game in the win column.

There have been many rumors as to why defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich was announced as no longer being a member of the Texas Tech football program on Sunday afternoon. Athletic director Gerald Myers has gone public with the notion that Mike Leach and Setencich had talked the morning after the game and had decided that it was the best for the program.

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