The LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL reports Tuesday afternoon that the attorney of Mike Leach has “filed a motion in a Lubbock district court seeking a hearing and a temporary restraining order against the university, seeking Leach’s reinstatement.”
(Closed-door hearing: Advantage Leach?)
State District Judge William Sowder set a 10 a.m. closed-session hearing on a request for a temporary restraining order and injunction to block Texas Tech’s suspension of head football coach Mike Leach. The attorney general’s office will represent Tech.
Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, claims the school’s deal with the coach does not allow it to suspend the coach.
More from the A-J:
The court document says if Leach is not reinstated, “harm is imminent because Mike Leach will be unable to coach his football team in practice prior to the Alamo Bowl and during the Alamo Bowl.
“The harm that will result if a temporary restraining order is not issued is irreparable (because) the Alamo Bowl will be played on January 2, 2009, and preparation is needed immediately. Not only will Mike Leach suffer personally due to his contract provisions and with regard to compensation … , but his reputation and record will also be harmed as well as the reputation of the team, the football program and the university.’’
In addition to his regular compensation, Leach is due a contract completion bonus of $800,000 if he is in place as Tech’s coach on Thursday.
ESPN reported that Leach would be due $400,000 per year for every year remaining on his contract if he was legally terminated by the school.
ESPN also reports that the Leach camp thinks that going public with the Craig James complaint was a prelude to the school attempting to fire Leach with cause - and avoid paying him an $800,000 “completion bonus” on Friday.
My guess on the outcome of the hearing: Leach will indeed be allowed to coach the team on Saturday and then agree to resign if he can come to a settlement with the school over the remainder of what is owed on his contract. (Much to the dismay of Tech fans.)
So long as the man who is behind Leach’s ouster is around, Texas Tech AD Gerald Meyers, I can’t imagine Leach will be coaching the Red Raiders next season.
Of course, if Meyers is jettisoned himself, that would change everything. But since the university allowed Meyers to go public with the Craig James complaint, it appears Meyers has the leverage to see Leach’s departure through.
It’s clear to me that if Leach hadn’t exhibited such irregular public behavior during the season, Meyers wouldn’t have the leverage he has today to potentially fire him.