UPDATE: My current opinion of what is driving Leach suspension: Texas Tech AD Gerald Myers is using the Craig James complaint as cover to jettison Leach with cause. In the process, Meyers will avoid paying the $800,000 ‘completion bonus’ contractually due Leach this Friday.
That said, Craig James never should’ve give Meyers a chance to take this all public in the first place.
David Barron and Joesph Duarte of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE report that Mike Leach is taking legal action that could ensure he receives an $800,000 ‘completion bonus’ that is contractually due him from Texas Tech on Friday:
Leach’s attorney said the coach had not acted improperly and said he will seek a court injunction that would enable Leach to coach Texas Tech against Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday at San Antonio.
Leach apparently will fight the suspension leveled against him Monday.
Ted Liggett, Leach’s attorney, disputed reports that the coach mistreated James.
Furthermore, Liggett said he would soon seek an injunction to overturn the suspension in hopes that Leach could coach Saturday in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
I can’t imagine that if Leach is successful in his bid to legally force his way back onto the sideline for Saturday’s game, he’ll still be the Red Raiders head coach next fall.
In my opinion the injunction is more likely designed to ensure Leach receives the bonus payment Tech owes him. Either way, I think the legal manuever by Leach likely foreshadows his departure from the school.
But unlike Mark Mangino at Kansas, Leach apparently does have plenty of support from former players, as I noted earlier today on SbB and Barron and Duart further report in their piece. Read more…