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Mike Leach tells his side of Texas Tech firing

Former Red Raiders football coach provides details in book

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, left, and quarterback Graham Harrell talk during practice as the team prepares for the Cotton Bowl. Tech will face Mississippi on Friday in Dallas

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, left, and quarterback Graham Harrell talk during practice as the team prepares for the Cotton Bowl. Tech will face Mississippi on Friday in Dallas

July 13, 2011

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— Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach on Tuesday offered up fresh details on what he says was happening behind the scenes around the time he was fired.

In excerpts from his book, “Swing Your Sword,” Leach said emails “suggest” there was never a university investigation into allegations he mistreated a player, Adam James, with a concussion but rather “an effort to sell me down the river.” He also claims a public relations firm, Spaeth Communications, was used by the university to “smear” Leach’s name.

“They knew the facts weren’t on their side so they used Spaeth to spread misinformation and try to turn public opinion,” an excerpt says.

The university fired Leach in December 2009 amid claims that he mistreated receiver Adam James, son of Craig James, an ESPN analyst. Leach has long denied that, and said he believes an $800,000 bonus he was due was the reason he was fired.

Leach sued the school for wrongful termination but a Texas appeals court allowed his trial to go forward for only non-monetary damages.

Leach, who has lived in Key West, Fla., since shortly after his firing and was passed up for the Maryland job early this year, is awaiting word on whether the Texas Supreme Court will review the appellate court’s ruling. If the high court reverses the appeals court and rules that Texas Tech waived sovereign immunity protection by its conduct, Leach’s suit could go forward for monetary damages.

Texas Tech’s response to Leach’s petition for a high court review is due today. Leach has filed a separate libel suit accusing ESPN and Spaeth of slander.

Comments

lhsalum 3 years, 9 months ago

Grandma, I agree with you that this whole issue came about becasue an ESPN analyst was not happy with the playing time his son was getting. I also agree with you that parents should be involved in HS sports, but to a certain extent. Once that involvement crosses the line of talking about playing time, the involvement should be cut off. I also agree that college students are adults and should handle their own issues, but you say that HS students should not have to do this. What about the HS senior that isactually older than the college freshmen. Should that student athlete be treated differently? For what its worth, I beleive that HS is the level where students should start to become independent of their parents. I am not suggesting that the students should not confide in their parents for things (College students should still confide in their parents). I am simply suggesting that parents should not get involved with certain issues that includes but is not limited to "playing time." But, I do think you are 100% correct about players and students fighting their own battles.

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