LUBBOCK, TX (KBCD) - Mike Leach's attorneys claim a day after signing his new contract last year, University officials decided to fire him at the end of the 2009 football season.
In new court documents, Ted Liggett says Leach was fired so the University could get out of paying him his 800 thousand dollar bonus.
"We started this lawsuit to try to find the truth. We believe Mike was fired so the University could save money. He was fired and the University saved money. The University is paying the current football coach less than they were paying Mike Leach," says Ted Liggett, Leach attorney.
The lawsuit against the University was expanded Friday to include Texas Tech officials as defendants. Liggett claims those being sued over-stepped the limits of their jobs and interfered with the University's investigation of Leach and Adam James.
"They ran the whole investigation and sat back and told Bailey and Myers what to do and ignored Bailey and Myers attempt to put this issue to bed," adds Liggett.
Leach is now suing Tech Chancellor Kent Hance, University President Guy Bailey, Athletic Director Gerald Myers, Regents Larry Anders and Jerry Turner, and ESPN Analyst Craig James as individuals.
But Dickey Grigg, an attorney for Texas Tech, released this statement Friday in response to the lawsuit:
"Today's action by Mike Leach and his attorneys is another absurd act of desperation. This is the legal strategy one deploys when the facts and the law are irrefutably against him."
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