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Texas court denies Leach, but legal battles continue

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Mike Leach (KCBD file photo) Mike Leach (KCBD file photo)
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The Texas Supreme Court denied Mike Leach's appeal in his wrongful termination lawsuit against Texas Tech Friday.

This comes more than two years after the university fired him. Texas Tech claimed the coach mistreated player Adam James when the son of U.S. Senate Candidate Craig James had a concussion.

But is the battle over? Leach's attorney, Ted Liggett tells us no. They still want Leach's name cleared.

Liggett says the Texas Supreme Court did not throw out the entire lawsuit. In fact, he says they can still go to trial in Lubbock County even if they cannot seek compensation.

Over a two year span, judges from Lubbock to Amarillo have heard both Leach and Texas Tech's side. Now the highest civil court in Austin read through thousands of pages with a decision Liggett says is a disappointment.

"We have said all along Texas Tech breached Mike Leach's contract. They promised him 10 days notice before they could ever fire him. And then they fired him one day without notice before they owed him money," said Liggett.

Texas Tech Attorney Dicky Grigg says they are elated this is all behind them.

"Tech will not owe and will never owe Mike Leach a penny," said Grigg.

Liggett says their goal is still to get the truth out, which they will do in Lubbock.

"You are going to find out that Texas Tech through its representatives have done this before and they have done it since Mike was fired in their business actions," said Liggett.

The next step, Liggett says, it to appeal the state's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. Grigg says it's unlikely it will be overturned.

"Very seldom does the U.S. Supreme Court enter into making decisions that the highest court in the state have decided," said Grigg.

As for compensation, Liggett says, Leach will now pursue three defamation lawsuits that were put on hold during the appeal. He says they will ask for a trial by jury for all of them.

"As far as the actions against Craig James, ESPN and Spaeth Communications, we plan on pursuing those to the full scope of the law," said Liggett.

He says not only that, but they will also bring up Leach's appeal in the next legislative session.

And even with all of the litigation, Liggett says, Leach's job at Washington State will not be affected.

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