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Leach’s lawsuit against Tech gets tossed on appeal

Mike Leach, Ted Liggett AP

In a move that almost certainly removes the possibility of Mike Leach receiving monetary damages from his former employer, an appeals court has overturned a previous court’s ruling that the former Red Raider head coach’s suit against Texas Tech could continue.

In its ruling Friday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the plaintiff’s contention that Tech waived its protection from lawsuits as a state entity and could thus be sued in a civil court for money Leach claims he’s owed.  Instead, the appeals court ruled that Tech is immune from the monetary damages contained in Leach’s suit.

“We have felt all along that we would win, and we did win,” Tech attorney Dicky Gregg said in a statement released by the school.

“As we’ve maintained all along, the facts and the law were clear, and the Court of Appeals agreed. The breach of contract claim was properly dismissed, as were all other monetary claims.”

The ruling means that Leach can continue in his attempt to prove that he was dismissed without cause and that Tech breached his contract, but the school will not be subject to any future monetary claims.  Barring, of course, a reversal of the appeals court decision; Leach’s attorney plans to to appeal the most recent ruling to the Texas Supreme Court.

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6 Responses to “Leach’s lawsuit against Tech gets tossed on appeal”
  1. lemmam says: Jan 21, 2011 3:57 PM

    Leach may be taking a high school coaching assignment or at least start looking at the high schools for his next coaching assignment.

  2. Deb says: Jan 21, 2011 4:14 PM

    Maybe it would be better if Leach dropped the whole thing and focused on his next NCAA coaching assignment.

    In the meantime, how’s Baby Boy James doing since he left? Lighting up the scoreboard with his unappreciated talent? And how about Tech? Other than dodging TCU, what have they accomplished?

  3. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jan 21, 2011 5:07 PM


  4. burntorangehorn says: Jan 21, 2011 6:36 PM

    Texas Tech, Craig James, and ESPN should all be raked over the coals for this whole episode. What madness.

  5. jeff198 says: Jan 21, 2011 6:45 PM

    Leach is a jerk and deserves everything he’s (not) getting. He constantly brought his contact issues to the media, got paid tons of money for averaging 4 losses per year, and seemed to think his poop didn’t stink. When you act like a jerk to your bosses, it rarely ends well.

    And lo and behold, without Leach Tech is finally bringing in a Top 10 -15 ranked recruiting class. If Leach had gotten off his rearend and recruited, maybe that program wouldn’t be losing 4-5 games a year.

    They are much better off with Tuberville who managed to win 8 games even with the lack of talent Leach left behind on defense.

  6. pottsvillemaroons says: Jan 22, 2011 10:00 AM

    It was a kangaroo court. Every judge on this case went to Texas Tech. You can look it up.

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