Mike Leach to Speak at Governor's Dinner

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RENO, Nev. – Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach will be the speaker at the 40th annual Governor’s Dinner, Friday, July 17 at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City. The Governor’s Dinner is Wolf Pack Athletics biggest special event of the year.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Governor’s Dinner. At this year’s event, the founders of the Governor’s Dinner will be honored.

Arguably one of the most innovative coaches in the country, Mike Leach has not only transformed Texas Tech Football, but also the face of college football with an all-out aerial assault. This is evidenced by the number of programs incorporating more passing into their schemes than before. Leach's offense has become a hot, commodity as coaching staffs from across the country have come to Lubbock get a glimpse into what makes the program tick; but none have mastered it like the ninth-year head coach.

Leading the nation's most prolific passing offenses in the country, Leach, who received the All-American Football Foundation's Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award in 2006, spreads the field with his exciting brand of football and has guided the Red Raiders to five NCAA passing titles and three total offense titles during his tenure. Leach's offense produced school records in nearly every passing category in 2000, but surpassed those numbers in each of the last eight seasons. His eight teams have combined for over 151 team and individual records at Tech.

The program continues to make strides academically as well under Leach. For the last eight years Tech has been recognized as one of the nation's top institutions for consistently being above a 70 percent graduation rate, according to the American Football Coaches Association.

Prior to coming on board at Texas Tech, Leach, in just one season at Oklahoma, directed a Sooner offense that went from one of the worst in the Big 12 Conference to one of the best.

Prior to joining Bob Stoops' Oklahoma staff, Leach served as offensive coordinator for Hal Mumme at the University of Kentucky and Valdosta (Ga.) State University.

After graduating with honors from BYU in 1983, Leach earned a Master's Degree from the U.S. Sports Academy and his law degree from Pepperdine University, where he graduated in the top one-third of his class.

Doors for the July 17 Governor’s Dinner will open at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and program beginning at 7 p.m. The presenting sponsor for the event is the Peppermill. Event sponsors are IGT, E.L. Cord Foundation, Barrick North America and the Whispering Vine Wine Company.

Tickets are $300 per person while a table of eight is available for $2,200. A table of eight with four VIP tickets is $3,500 and a table of eight with eight VIP tickets and limo bus transportation to and from the Peppermill is $5,000. All proceeds benefit Wolf Pack Athletics.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Heather Pennington at 775-682-6965.