AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech coach Mike Leach ripped game
officials, saying the crew favored Texas after the Longhorns beat
the Red Raiders 59-43.
Without naming him, Leach noted that referee Randy Christal
lives in Austin.
Said Leach, -- quote -- "I think it's disturbing that Austin
residents are involved in this. People work too hard, too long,
there's too much money invested in these games to allow that."
Leach also said, -- quote -- "Am I condemning the crew? Hell
yeah, I'm condemning the crew."
Big 12 official spokesman Bob Burda did not immediately respond
to telephone messages seeking comment. Leach's rant will likely
draw a fine from the league and possibly a suspension.
Leach was upset officials disallowed two Tech touchdowns in the
third quarter. The first was overruled when video replay clearly
showed the receiver let the ball hit the ground. On the next play,
a touchdown pass was negated by a holding penalty. Leach also
wanted but didn't get a flag for roughing the quarterback.