The situation regarding Mike Leach and Texas Tech could be coming to a head shortly, ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad is reporting.
People close to the situation tell Schad, reporting on the network’s Outside the Lines show this afternoon, that the university is prepared to fire the suspended head coach with cause in the next 48 hours.
Leach’s attorney told OTL that the school can do whatever it wants, but it’s his contention that his client did not breach his contract and intimated that they would take whatever legal recourse was available to them whether Tech decides to dismiss Leach 48 hours from now or 48 days from now.
That time frame is very intriguing, though, as Leach is due an $800,000 “completion bonus” if he’s the head coach after Dec. 31 of this year; that 48-hour time frame mentioned by Schad would have the coach fired before the bonus was due, thus saving the university — at least temporarily — just under $1 million.
Of course, the cost to their reputation, especially amongst its fan base, could well exceed whatever financial obligations they would save by dismissing the most successful and popular head coach in the school’s history.
Leach was suspended by the university on Monday after the school had received complaints from the parents of an injured player.
That injured player, as we all know now, was wide receiver Adam James, son of ESPN analyst Craig James.
Leach has admitted he “secluded” James on two occasions in a building near the school’s practice field after James had sustained a minor concussion during practice earlier this month. Leach also refused to apologize to James and his family, which helped lead to the suspension.
Regardless of how this situation turns out, both Leach and Texas Tech have received a black eye that won’t go away for quite awhile.
As has Craig “Blackhawk” James and other “helicopter” parents who, for some reason, can’t allow their spawns’ coaches to… ya know… coach them without sticking their noses and two copper Lincolns into their adult children’s business.
Some people have asked via email for my take on the situation. So, here goes: if I would’ve gone to my dad with the very story Adam James’ allegedly did to his father, my dad would’ve smacked me upside the head and told me to grow a pair and deal with it.
Of course, I’m also the kind of parent who would love to have my sons play and learn under Bobby Knight, so your mileage may vary. Obviously.