LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Both sides of the Mike Leach/Texas Tech legal battle are speaking out as they are one day away from a Court of Appeals hearing.
The hearing is open to the public and will take place at Lubbock Christian University on Thursday.
For the last ten months Mike Leach has been in a legal dispute with his former employer. Texas Tech fired the head football coach back in December amid allegations he mistreated wide receiver Adam James, allegations Leach says are false.
"We have two distinctly different versions of what happened," said Leach's attorney Ted Liggett.
Back in June State District Judge Bill Sowder made the decision that Leach can sue the university, but only for breach of contract. On Thursday both sides will go before the Court of Appeals.
"The main issue is we are asking the 7th Court of Appeals to uphold Judge Sowder's opinion allowing us to take this case into a jury of Lubbock County citizens, that's what we've always wanted," said Liggett.
Texas Tech's attorney Dicky Grigg released this statement about the hearing:
We are looking forward to the hearing tomorrow. We believe that, after reading the briefs and hearing the oral arguments, the Court of Appeals will agree that the case should be dismissed in its entirety.
"If they are confident in their position then we just wonder why we can't go ahead and tee it up as they say and let a jury decide this," said Liggett.
Each side will be given 20 minutes for their oral arguments and then both will be allowed a five minute rebuttal. Liggett says the former coach will not be at the hearing.
"I would expect that ultimately Mike will have his day in court sooner rather than later," said Liggett.
The hearing is open to the public and our cameras are allowed inside. It is expected start around 10:30 and KCBD will be there to bring you the latest developments.
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