I'm beginning to think that TT knows that the contract provisions are out of line, but came up with them to force a parting of the ways. Leach ruffled a lot of feathers both with boosters and the administration when he went job hunting after the season. They realize that his days in Lubbock are numbered, and don't want to drag the situation out for another year or two. Leach already had questionable booster support because he refused to play the "you're my best friend" game with them.
Leach is still a hot commodity and will continue to be one even if he has to sit out a year. He has probably maxed out at TT. Sooner or later, his string of developing replacement QB's will fail. If he were to return to TT and continue to come up short in the championship department, his luster will begin to fade. If he couldn't win with Crabtree, I don't see him winning without him. A change of scenery is probably best for both sides.
I think this is a pretty good summary of the situation...
"Don't worry Boss...they can't do nothin' 'til they're through sparklin'..."
Probably less than of 5% chance of this happening. The only chance is if Leach tells his agent to take a hike. The agent has pushed Leach's case over the head of the AD and over the head of the chancellor directly into the laps of the board of regents. A whole lot of ticked off big honchos including a number of boosters. Leach was never very good at hobnobbing with the VIP's, and the current situation has wiped out almost any chance that he has to remedy that situation.
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