We get a kick out of Mike Leach because the Texas Tech football coach is never afraid to speak his mind. Whether he’s criticizing his own team’s poor play or being outraged by officials with purported pro-Longhorn sentiments, it’s always a joy to hear Leach lashing out.
And now Mike has revealed a new target of his ire - the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.
Joseph Duarte of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE shares a off-handed comment the Tech coach made about his preferred choice for aviation services in the Metroplex:
Leach didn’t make many friends at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with his comments Monday at Big 12 media days, suggesting to reporters that if they want to interview Heisman Trophy candidates Graham Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree, to use Dallas’ Love Field because DFW “can be a confusing mess.”
So, how did DFW react when they heard the news? Did they fine & suspend Leach from using their airport, a strategy that Big 12 officials would certainly consider?
Nope, quite the opposite:
That prompted a letter Tuesday from DFW officials, who invited Leach and his family for a “guided airport tour and great Texas steak.” American Airlines has agreed to provide complimentary transportation for Leach and his family from Lubbock to Dallas, where he will be met by DFW chief executive officer Jeff Fegan at the gate.
Mike responded that he just might do it, but AA officials may have to wait a while before the Leach clan comes for a visit:
“I am sincerely appreciative of your thoughtful gesture and may take you up on it,” Leach said. “We are coming up fast on the season, and I may not have time to accept your invitation until December.”
This would all make for a great American Airlines ad campaign, complete with TV commercials featuring Leach. (Because the company sure could use some good publicity.) And the Red Raiders coach has already previously shown he’s quite good in front of the camera: