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Judge says Texas Tech isn't immune from Leach suit

Judge says Texas Tech isn't immune from Leach suit

POSTED: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 4:19pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 10:18am

LUBBOCK, Texas - A judge has struck down Texas Tech University's claim of sovereign immunity from former football coach Mike Leach's lawsuit over his firing.

State District Judge William C. Sowder ruled Tuesday that Tech had waived its immunity by its conduct. The ruling allows Leach's lawsuit to move forward.

The university fired Leach on Dec. 30, two days after it suspended him amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion. Leach has denied he mistreated Adam James and suspects an $800,000 bonus he was to have received Dec. 31. was the reason he was fired.

James has said his coach twice ordered him to stand for hours while confined in a dark place during practice.

Leach's lawsuit included claims of slander, libel and breach ofcontract.

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Remembering some of the treatment received in high school football in the 60's, I would have gladly stood in a dark room for hours instead.

Football is no place for whiners!

These coaches are paid way to much given the shape the state is in. 5 million with a bonus for the UT coach as reported on ESPN last season and this guy promised an $800,000.00 bonus. Goes to show the rest of the country and the world just how stupid Texans are to put football ahead of academics.

This entire story would have never, EVER blown into what is had if Chris James dad wasn't Craig James. Being an ESPN analysis the media ate this story alive. Lets all keep in mind that this isn't the first school he has tried to sabotage. While being a player for SMU in his college days he felt that 'rich boy' attitude and ruined SMU football program for more than a decade after. The bottom line is, Chris can speak for himself and doesn't need his pretty boy daddy to come save the same.

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