By James Clark | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – In his very first nationally televised appearance after being fired, Mike Leach claimed he was fired for no other reason than money. In his words "They [Texas Tech officials] didn't want to pay the money." Now, from Leach's point of view, it would seem he has some evidence to back that claim.
A Leach supporter contacted KCBD NewsChannel 11 saying the coach was paid less than 15% of what the University owes him for the 2009 season. We did our own math, and assuming sources close to Leach are correct, it's actually 10.7% if Leach's December 31st 2009 longevity bonus of $800,000 is included and exactly 15.0% if the longevity bonus is not included.
However Texas Tech did offer to pay some of the disputed money.
Leach was fired December 30th amid allegations that he mistreated player Adam James. Leach denies it. Based upon Leach's contract he would be paid the following for the 2009 football season:
Sources close to Leach tell KCBD NewsChannel 11 that he has only been paid his base salary. Late Tuesday Texas Tech did provide information on what Leach has been paid. According to Texas Tech's email he was paid
The university was not able to say whether or not Leach cashed the check, which was mailed in February.
The university also made a brief statement late Tuesday:
"Mike Leach has been paid what he is owed by Texas Tech. His mistreatment of an injured student-athlete was a breach of his contract and ultimately resulted in Mike Leach's termination. When he breached his contract, he no longer was entitled to further compensation."
Leach's legal team late Tuesday made a brief written statement as well:
"Texas Tech's non-payment speaks louder than words. Tech accepted, and benefited from Mike's hard work throughout 2009, but have refused to pay him for it. These actions are consistent with Tech's Regents' plan as confirmed in the February 2009 email from Vice-Chairman Turner to Chairman Anders and Regent Scovell. The day after Mike signed his contract extension, Turner explained that Tech could accept the benefits of Mike's work, terminate Mike in late 2009 and not pay him the $800,000.00 bonus. Moreover, due to their wrongful actions, Mike is entitled to the entire balance owed under his contract which we estimate to be an additional $9 million plus."
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