LUBBOCK (AP) – Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has made the leap to Twitter after bashing it in his final year in Lubbock.

Leach’s debut tweet said, “So I only get 140 characters on this thing? … That’s it?! This is going to be tough. Hello Twitter world.”

Leach said last Wednesday that joining Twitter “surprises me as much as it does you.”

Early in a tumultuous 2009 season, Leach banned players from using Twitter, calling it a “stupid” distraction. The ban came after a linebacker noted Leach’s alleged tardiness to a team meeting the day after a loss by the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech fired Leach that December, two days after the school’s winningest coach was suspended amid allegations of mistreating a player with a concussion.

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