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Final count dismissed in Mike Leach lawsuit against TTU


Yep, Mike Leach’s lawsuit against Texas Tech is still going on, although it may be coming to an end in short order.

Per the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, District Judge William Sowder dismissed the final count in Leach’s lawsuit against his former employer. The judge ruled that TTU did not violate the coach’s due process rights when they fired him over three years ago. The decision comes nearly a year after Leach had his wrongful termination appeal denied.

In a statement, Tech said it was “pleased” with the dismissal.

So what’s left for Leach? The report states he could file an appeal or ask the Texas Legislature to waive Tech’s sovereign immunity in a vote, which would reopen portions of his case that were initially dismissed without a hearing because of Texas’ sovereign immunity clause.

Leach just finished his first season as the head coach of Washington State. In November, ex-Cougars receiver Marquess Wilson alleged “physical, emotional and verbal abuse… in the locker room and on the field” by Leach and his coaching staff. Wilson had been suspended indefinitely by Leach earlier that month. Ultimately, the Pac-12 concluded an investigation that found no evidence of player abuse by Leach or his staff.

Leach was fired by Texas Tech in 2009 after he allegedly mistreated then-receiver Adam James for a concussion. The coach has been involved in a lawsuit with TTU over his termination ever since.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.