Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Mike Leach's proclivity for gambling provided some levity during the tense contract negotiations Thursday afternoon with Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance.
"Mike has a great sense of humor," Hance said, chuckling. "I told him it was fourth-and-long and he said he went for it a lot. But I told him he didn't want to get sacked."
The contract meetings picked up after Leach and Hance met without other representatives present on Thursday.
"We had a good visit and he's a good guy," Hance said. "We had a long meeting, but the negotiating only lasted about 10 or 15 minutes."
Hance, a legendary West Texas politician who once beat former President George W. Bush in a congressional race in the 1970s, said the intense interest in negotiations was a little like politics.
"We've got a lot of great fans," Hance said. "I heard from some of them. It reminds me of my years in politics. They are a lot more vociferous after 10 or 11 at night, and their spelling isn't as good in their e-mails the later it goes."