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Texas Tech Eyes Oklahoma Assistant

December 9, 1999

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mike Leach told Sooners players Wednesday that he was offered the top coaching job at Texas Tech when he visited the school Tuesday.

``They talked to me about the job, they offered me the job and I’ve got to make a decision and don’t have too long to do it, so I’ll decide sometime here shortly,″ Leach said. ``Right now it’s a great situation and it’s definitely one that I’m serious about.″

Mike Prusinski, Oklahoma’s director of athletic media relations, said before Leach announced receiving the offer, he met with Sooners quarterback Josh Heupel. Both emerged with tears in their eyes.

``I would be lying if I didn’t say it wasn’t emotional,″ Prusinski said. ``He said the toughest thing about leaving Oklahoma is the people. He said it is not going to be an easy decision.″

Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said no deal was in place. Late Wednesday afternoon, school officials announced a 10 a.m. Thursday news conference.

``We’re just waiting to hear from him right now,″ Myers said. ``He said after practice, which is sometime after 5 p.m.″

The university is searching for a replacement for Spike Dykes, the 13-year head coach who announced his retirement Nov. 20.

Myers said he had a brief conversation with Leach Wednesday.

``He’s back home right now,″ Myers said. ``Let’s just wait and see what happens. ... He’s an outstanding football coach. He’s a fine person and I think that he would fit well here at Texas Tech.″

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