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Berry Tramel: Mike Leach called back the other day. The pirate had just finished his satellite radio show and was pondering a bike ride in Key West, Fla.
by Berry Tramel Modified: October 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm •  Published: October 14, 2010

Mike Leach called back the other day. The pirate had just finished his satellite radio show and was pondering a bike ride in Key West, Fla.

Key West is a long way from Lubbock, Texas. Literally, culturally and any other 'lly you can think of.

Oklahoma State plays at Texas Tech on Saturday, and for the first time since last century, one of our teams heads to the South Plains without Blackbeard awaiting.

Leach's offense terrorized the Big 12 for a full decade but was made to walk the plank last December, not for football crimes but for getting crossways with his superiors.

Leach and Tech are entangled in a lawsuit over compensation, so he can't talk much about his departure.

But Leach can talk football.

"We'll see what happens" Saturday, Leach said. "Texas Tech has more people back. But Oklahoma State's playing a little better right now."

Leach figures Tech is missing just five key players from his 2009 team, though the actual numbers reflect the Red Raiders lost four starters on offense and five on defense.

"They have more talent than the other Tech teams we had," Leach said, an apparent indictment of Tommy Tuberville's inaugural Tech season. Leach said his staff believed, even during the high-riding 2008 season, that the 2010 team "was going to be our best group."

Hasn't happened. Tech is 3-2, and while you can accuse Leach of unsportsmanlike conduct, recall that Tuberville has had a few choice comments about the Leach regime. So consider them all square.

Leach's former first mate, Dana Holgorsen, now directs the OSU offense.

Leach talked to a bunch of guys on headsets over the years. He talked to none more than he did Holgorsen. And, he says, none better.

"He does a real good job," Leach said. "He's the best I've had.

"He's a guy who's able to sift through volumes of stuff. Gets to what's important quickly."

Leach and Holgorsen hooked up at Iowa Wesleyan, where Leach was a low-paid offensive coach and Holgorsen a talent-challenged receiver.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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