Demoted WR Britton getting frozen out by Leach

March, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has placed demoted wide receiver Edward Britton squarely in his doghouse after he failed to keep up with his studies.

Britton, the Red Raiders' most experienced split end, had fallen behind in his studies and failed to show for tutoring.

That led Leach to emphasize the need for Britton's studies by making him study for 90 minutes on the field at Jones AT&T Stadium after the end of the Red Raiders' Friday practice. Britton did not practice earlier in the day as punishment.

Tech managers brought out a desk and placed it on the field. The temperature was 30 degrees and it was snowing at the time of Britton's refresher course, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

"Ed didn't like showing up and studying at places I felt like he needed to and like the academic people asked him to, so he can go study out there on the 50-yard line," Leach told the Avalanche-Journal. "We'll take baby steps, and if he does good studying out there, we'll decide if we're going to actually let him practice."

Leach said he expected Britton to remain out in the cold, studying for at least an hour and a half after his teammates had left the field for the locker room.

"If somehow he fails to do that, then that'll be the last we ever hear of Easy Ed," Leach said.

On Tech's initial depth chart released earlier this week, wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons listed Britton behind sophomore Rashad Hawk, the Avalanche-Journal reported.

Britton caught 35 passes for 577 yards and six touchdowns last season and had 48 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns in 2007.

Leach has used similar motivational ploys in the past.

Shannon Woods was a frequent occupant of Leach's doghouse earlier in his career. After Woods was demoted in 2007 spring practice and suspended for several games later in that year, he responded with a strong senior season. Woods rushed for 716 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Red Raiders in 2008.

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