Days before Alamo Bowl, Coach Mike Leach suspended indefinitely - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/28/09

Days before Alamo Bowl, Coach Mike Leach suspended indefinitely

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Just five days before the Red Raiders play in the Alamo Bowl, Texas Tech has suspended Coach Mike Leach indefinitely.

Mike Leach was suspended immediately until an investigation surrounding his treatment of Red Raider wide receiver Adam James is completed. James and his family filed a complaint with Texas Tech University after alleging Coach Leach isolated James in a storage closet after not practicing due to a concussion.

A statement released by the James family states, "Mr. and Mrs. James took the step with great regret and after consideration and prayer to convey to the Texas Tech administration that their son had been subjected to actions and treatment not consistent with common sense rules for safety and health.  The James family believes this is a matter important to protect all the fine young men involved in tech football and the university's reputation for developing and educating young men and women. Over the past year, there has been a greatly enhanced recognition of the dangers of concussions and the potential for long-term physical damage to players. At virtually every level of football coaching, cases where children and young men have sustained concussions have generated serious discussion of the importance of correct treatment and diagnosis. The entire James family is supportive of the university and looks forward to a resolution of the matter."

There is no telling how long this investigation into the matter will take or what lies ahead for Coach Mike Leach. According to reports, Leach's attorney Ted Ligget will soon begin legal steps to overturn the suspension which would possibly allow Leach to coach in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday.

According to the statement released, an investigation of the incident is underway. Until the investigation is complete, Texas Tech University is suspending coach Leach from all duties as Head Football Coach effective immediately. Coach Ruffin McNeill will assume duties as Interim Head Coach and will coach the team during the Alamo Bowl.
 
The decision to take these actions was made in consultation with the Texas Tech University president, and the Texas Tech University System chancellor, and Board of Regents chairman and vice chairman.

The Red Raiders went 8-4 this season.

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The full statement reads as follows:

Statement from Texas Tech on Suspension of Football Coach Mike Leach

Texas Tech University recently received a complaint from a player and his parents regarding Red Raider Head Football Coach Mike Leach's treatment of the athlete after an injury.
 
At Texas Tech all such complaints are considered as serious matters, and as a result, an investigation of the incident is underway. Until the investigation is complete, Texas Tech University is suspending coach Leach from all duties as Head Football Coach effective immediately. The investigation into this matter will continue in a thorough and fair manner.

Coach Ruffin McNeill will assume duties as Interim Head Coach and will coach the team during the Alamo Bowl.
 
The decision to take these actions was made in consultation with the Texas Tech University president, and the Texas Tech University System chancellor, and Board of Regents chairman and vice chairman.

Because this is a personnel matter no further comment will be forthcoming.

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