Allright, this is all speculation, but I haven't heard it thrown out there by anyone, and to me it makes sense. Let's see what you think:
Leach threw his tantrum partly because he wanted the spotlight on him as a bunch of programs are set to fire coaches and look for replacements. Basically, a 'look at us, we're still doing incredible things on offense despite starting one of the youngest groups of players in all of college football'.
Might Leach want out of Tech, knowing he's hamstrung by his placement at the bottom of the pecking order for recruits in TX?
Obviously the initial remakrs were somewhat off the cuff, but he had a chance to retract some of his statements and he stuck by them. One of his lines of reasoning? That officials were from Austin. Well Mike, there were Lubbock residents assigned to plenty of games. And for some reason, I don't think Leach is dumb enough to not realize that.
I think he maybe shot from the hip initially, but is standing by his statements knowing that there's a bunch of eyeballs on him that otherwise wouldn't be there.
Some might say, 'well, why would he want to get attention that way. it's all negative attention.'
Perhaps, but if ADs take a closer look at his program, they'll realize he's run a very clean program, he's graduated a healthy percentage of players, and he's won year-after-year, even if none of those years has truly been a break through year. Basically, his resume should supercede whatever negative impression this incident might leave on people.
A calculated move?