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Judge makes Leach hearing open to public

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Just before Leach's hearing was to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Judge Bill Sowder deemed the hearing open to the public, and the public is waiting to get in.

The attorney for Coach Mike Leach has filed a petition in Lubbock to temporarily stop Leach's suspension on Tuesday. According to the petition, Mike Leach seeks that the court enter an order restraining Texas Tech University from suspending Mike Leach from coaching the football team.

The suspension comes just days before the Red Raiders play Michigan State at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

Texas Tech suspended Leach immediately until an investigation surrounding his treatment of Red Raider wide receiver Adam James is completed. 

Texas Tech President Guy Bailey and Athletic Director Gerald Myers sent the following letter to Leach Monday:

"Dear Coach,

We recently received a complaint from a player and his parents regarding your treatment of him after an injury, and we have undertaken an investigation of that complaint.  We consider this a serious matter.  Until the investigation is complete, you are suspended from all duties as head football coach effective immediately."

The player referred to in the letter is wide receiver Adam James, the son of ESPN sports commentator Craig James. The James family filed a complaint with Texas Tech University after alleging Coach Leach isolated the injured James in a small, dark place for hours while the team practiced. A team doctor diagnosed James with a slight concussion, but Leach says that is not true.

As part of the court documents, Leach had the following statement:

"On December 28, 2009, I was notified that I was suspended from all duties as head football coach effective immediately.  I was not provided any reason except that Texas Tech 'recently received a complaint from a player and his parents regarding treatment of him after an injury.'  The letter did not indicate what I had allegedly done wrong nor did it reference any rules or standards that I allegedly violated.  It did not even identify the player or parents who accused me of mistreatment.  There has been absolutely no evidence presented to me that I committed any act which violated any university rules or standards.  I have never and would never intentionally harm or endanger a player.  I am committed to Texas Tech University and the well being of my football players.  I have been forced into this situation without being afforded any process.  Not being allowed to coach immediately will cause irreparable harm because preparation for the game is ongoing and it will be over on January 2, 2010.  Every minute of preparation is critical to be ready for the game."

This story dominated national sports headlines most of the day and Leach's attorney, Ted Liggett, made the rounds on news shows at CNN and EXPN to defend Mike Leach's decisions, and to say his client did nothing wrong.

Now to the question so many people are asking, what exactly are these "dark rooms" that Adam James and his family claim he was put in? NewsChannel 11 Sports Director Pete Christy made an impromptu flight back to Lubbock late Tuesday for an exclusive look at the buildings in question with Leach's attorney Ted Liggett. That interview can be watched by clicking here.

Coverage of Mike Leach Suspension
Just days before the Red Raiders play in the Alamo Bowl, Texas Tech administration suspended Coach Mike Leach indefinitely pending an investigation into his treatment of a Tech player. Click here for continuing coverage.

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