A Few Good Raiders….


A transcript of the meeting at Texas Tech must have gone something like this:

Gerald Meyers (Tech AD): “Coach Leach, did you order the Code Shed?”

Kent Hance: “You don’t have to answer that question!”

Coach Leach: “I’ll answer the question!”
[to Meyers]

Coach Leach: “You want answers?”

Meyers: “I think I am entitled.”

Coach Leach: “You want answers?”

Meyers: “I want the truth!”

Coach Leach: “You can’t handle the truth!”
[pauses]

Coach Leach: We live in a world that has sidelines, and those sidelines have to be guarded by pirates with swords. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Meyers? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for James, and you curse the Pirates. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know – That the James shed incident, while tragic, probably won games. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, wins games.

You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties with your fat little girlfriends, you want me on those sidelines, you need me on those sidelines.

We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very bowl games that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide them. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way – Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a sword, and stand at post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to –

Meyers: “Did you order the Code Shed?”

Coach Leach: “I did my job!”

Meyers: “Did you order the Code Shed?”

Coach Leach: “You’re G**damned right I did!”


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