That "fat ltitle girlfriends'' comment Texas Tech coach Mike Leach made after last week's 52-30 loss to Texas A&M is sweeping the country.
In case you've been hiding under a rock lately, after his team was embarrassed at home last Saturday by the Aggies, Leach said part of the reason his players couldn't perform well was because they were distracted by their "fat little girlfriends.'' Asked this past Monday if he regretted making the comment and wanted to apologize, Leach went on another tirade.
"No, I am not apologizing to any of them,'' Leach said. "Absolutely not, you know we went and closed up that little room over there as coaches, and as coaches we failed to get through to them. It was a failure on the part of coaches and players.
"As coaches we failed to get through to them and as coaches we failed to make our coaching points and our points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends. Now their fat little girlfriends have some obvious advantages. For one thing, their fat little girlfriends are telling them what they want to hear, which is ‘how great you are’ and ‘how easy it's going to be.''
And there's more.
"We had a bunch of people who wanted to win the football game, but nobody wanted to play the football game,'' Leach said. "That defies every level of work ethic that exists with regard to football. As coaches, we have to solve our failure on reaching them and the players have to listen.
"I am willing to go to fairly amazing lengths to make that happen. I don’t know if I will be successful this week or not, but I am going to try. And there will be some people inconvenienced, and if it happens to be their fat little girlfriends, too bad.''
Well, some of Leach's scathing remarks were shown and talked about several times on ESPN. SI.com had it on its website, and so did many others. And before I went to bed late Thursday night, TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel played part of the clip in his monologue and used a subsequent skit to poke fun at Leach's comments.
After playing what Leach said, a laughing Kimmel said: "He'd make a really good spokesman for Jenny Craig. I've never heard of a coach say anything like that.''
It's evident Kimmel doesn't know Mike Leach.
Anyway, Kimmel made up a skit poking fun at Leach. One of Kimmel's male staff members, Guillermo Rodriguez, dressed up in a woman's outfit complete with a wig.
Since Rodriguez is a bit on the heavy side, I'm going to assume he was a "fat little girlfriend.''
Rodriguez sat in a chair as if he was giving a press conference and expressed how much he/she didn't appreciate Leach's comments. They even had the Texas Tech banner as a backdrop.
It got some laughs from the audience.
I find it amusing how far Leach's "fat little girlfriends'' comments has traveled. Is Oprah next?
-- Dwain Price