LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech has fired Mike Leach after the
coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension
for alleged mistreatment of an injured player.
Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance tells the AP that he is "very
sad to say there's only one person to blame for this and it's Mike
Jerry Turner, vice chairman of the university system's board of
regents, says "other things" came to light during an
investigation of Leach's treatment of receiver Adam James. The
sophomore alleged the coach twice confined him to a small, dark
place after the player was diagnosed with a concussion.
Turner declined to elaborate about the other issues.
Leach was suspended Monday after he refused to agree to
guidelines for dealing with players set forth by his bosses in a
Dec. 23 letter.
The termination comes less than a year after Leach and the
school agreed to a five-year contract after some contentious
negotiations. According to terms of the deal, Leach was due an
$800,000 bonus on Dec. 31 if he were still the Red Raiders coach.
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