Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Jackass of the Year - Candidate No. 1

Texas Tech head baseball coach Larry Hays

Some people just don't know when to shut their mouths. John Rocker comes to mind. But Rocker has taken his fair share of verbal abuse. This is about Texas Tech head baseball coach Larry Hays.

Hays' Red Raiders were scheduled to open the season at home against Northern Illinois. Because of the recent shooting on campus, the Huskies may not make the trip, leaving the Red Raiders potentially without any games on opening weekend.

Hays told the Lubbock Avalanche Journal he was looking at some options on where to play if Northern Illinois can't make it.

"(The NIU situation) is a deal that we have total respect for and we're not going to say anything one way or the other," Hays said on Sunday.

If only he would have stopped there. But no, like so many other people who get into situations like this, he kept talking.

"At the same time we've got to look out for ourselves on the deal and if we
lose four games, we could never make that up. Losing one game out of this will
be difficult enough."

Yeah. losing a game is sooooooo difficult. You only have 52 more to play. You know what is difficult, losing a kid. Something some Northern Illinois parents are having to deal with. But I guess the pain and suffering they are going though pales in comparison to what this might do to his pitching rotation.

"That messes up two weeks of pitching rotation right there," Hays said. "(Associate head coach Dan) Spencer has worked hard to get our rotation the right amount of rest and to get our pitching staff in position at the end of the year where we have live arms ready to go. If we end up with a dead-arm situation right off it destroys everything we've done up to this point."

What a complete Jackass. This interview was probably conducted on the field during practice, so there was nobody from the university there to put an end to that interview. You know they are cringing after reading those comments.

Hays had a chance to do something positive with the situation, yet he comes off looking like a total ass. I know losing four games to start the season isn't easy, and behind closed doors he can say anything he wants. But, when talking to the media, this guy has to think before spouting off like this.

It is still early in the year, but he is a strong candidate for the first "BSF Jackass of the Year" award.

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