Texas Tech fires Leach after coach took school to court

Coach had taken school to court over suspension

December 31, 2009|By Sports Digest

Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player. "I'm very sad to say there's only one person to blame for this and it's Mike Leach," Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance told The Associated Press. Jerry Turner, vice chairman of the university system's Board of Regents, said "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. When Leach decided to fight the university in court "in defiance" of his suspension, that's why "we are where we are," Turner said. Leach was in San Antonio with his team, which is preparing for the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State on Saturday. He left the team's hotel while his interim replacement, defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill, was holding a news conference. Approached by a reporter, Leach said "no comment" before being asked a question. Asked how he felt Texas Tech treated him throughout the last two weeks, Leach responded, "I think that's apparent." Texas Tech's official statement said Leach's recent actions made it impossible for him to remain coach of the Red Raiders.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.