Mike Leach, the ex-coach from Texas Tech, has said that the university still owes him $2.5 million.
Mike Leach, the former coach from Texas Tech for 10 seasons, now the new coach in Washington State, has said that the university still owes him money and that he was “cheated out of” his contract salary.
Leach was reportedly fired from the university 8 years ago for mistreating a player who had a head injury. Leach had previously filed a lawsuit against the university for “wrongful termination” right after he was fired, but the court ruled in Texas Tech’s favor.
Leach had commented on this saying: “I didn’t lock Adam James anywhere. I didn’t tell Adam James to go anywhere,” he said. “I told the trainer to get him off the field.”
Now he is claiming that the university owes him around $2.5 million after his 2009 firing.
The attorney that represented the university during the previous suit, Dicky Grigg, commented on this, saying:
“Even after Coach Leach sued Texas Tech, we actively participated in trying to settle the case, but the Leach team was totally unreasonable,” Grigg said. “The courts determined Texas Tech does not owe Leach any money. Although I do not speak for the University, in my opinion, given the courts’ rulings, it would be improper for Texas Tech to pay Coach Leach. This matter is over.”
He also commented on his firing, saying: “Before Coach Leach was terminated, Texas Tech officials worked with him to try to resolve an extremely volatile situation,” Grigg said in a statement. “Coach Leach’s response: Cuss out his boss, sue his employer, and demanding millions and millions of dollars.
“Ultimately, Leach’s mistreatment of a student-athlete with a brain concussion, coupled with his subsequent insubordinate behavior, left the university with no choice but to fire him. Coach Leach was justifiably terminated for cause in conformity with his contract.”
His Comments On The Issue
“This thing won’t really go away,” Leach said to USA Today. “And it’ll never go away until this thing is settled. And it should be settled, because why should the future generation bear the black eye and the cloud that their university cheated their most successful coach in history? And why should I bear that, some of the 10 most productive years of my career? I was cheated out of my salary, and all the great memories that I, fans, players and coaches had, are diminished.”
“I had a great time at Texas Tech,” he said. “Texas Tech is a fantastic place with fantastic people, with a few notable exceptions. Texas Tech should be allowed to celebrate their legacy, and so should I. Any way you slice it, it was the winningest period in the history of Tech. We went to more bowl games than any other time in history … And then for 2009, to not pay me? Think about how egregious that is.”