KCBD-TV in Lubbock reports today:
NewsChannel 11 continues to dig deeper for answers into the firing of Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.
As reported first at KCBD.com last Thursday, three Regents accused Leach of being “profane and defiant”. NewsChannel 11 has looked into this allegation of profanity and Chancellor Kent Hance would not specifically confirm or deny the quote that NewsChannel 11 heard. Instead, Hance says, “I’d rather not get into that but it was a pretty good cussin’ I received from an employee I was trying to help.”
Mike Leach and his attorney Ted Liggett categorically deny that Leach ever cussed to the Chancellor. Liggett also says Leach never used profanity when dealing with the Texas Tech administration. Liggett goes on to say the Chancellor’s refusal to confirm specific cuss words on the record is proof that it never took place.
Sunday Hance wasn’t so coy, plainly stating that Leach directed “profanely defiant” words at him. Hance describing a meeting with Leach after the coach was called on the carpet for allegedly mistreating Adam James.
Leach then used “profanely defiant” language in protest of the possible reprimand, Hance said.
“I’ve never talked to an employer the way he was talking to me, and I’ve never had another employee do that,” Hance said. “I kept telling him, ‘Mike, settle down. Take a deep breath. Don’t call anyone. Wait until tomorrow. Talk to your lawyer. Let’s see what we can work out. Work with us.’ He was having no part of it. He was mad, very mad.”
Hance said the conversation took place in a roughly 15-minute phone call.
Then, Hance said, after the barrage of insults, he told Leach he was to work through Bailey and Myers from then on.
“I thought I’d pass that pleasure around, maybe let them get cussed out,” Hance said.
Again, via Liggett, Leach has denied he ever cursed Hance.
God this is getting ugly. And sad.
I’ve been saying all along that Tech will settle out of court and pay Leach the balance of his contract to go away - along with signing a confidentiality agreement about the settlement. I’m sure Craig James wants that to happen too, lest his name continues to be dragged through the mud, jeopardizing his broadcasting and legal career.
But with Tommy Tuberville now in place as the new coach and the worry of luring a coach no longer in play, who knows if Tech won’t pursue every possible legal remedy to avoid paying Leach anything.
I know one thing, I’d love to see Leach throw legal hands with Hance & Co in a public court. Great theatre. Now if we can only get rid of Liggett.