LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The conflict continues between Texas Tech and Coach Mike Leach.
The deadline for the contract negotiations ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday and, according to a statement from Texas Tech's athletic director, Coach Leach declined Tech's offer.
Finishing the year at 11-2, Coach Mike Leach pulled to within 7 wins of being Texas Tech's all-time winningest coach in program history. Now whether or not he will be able to achieve that milestone has come into question as the second deadline for his contract extension has come and gone.
Coach Leach and the Texas Tech Athletic Department had trouble finding an even ground on four main issues in the contract extension; ranging from guaranteed money if Coach Leach was let go, the amount of his buyout should he leave Tech, whether or not he needs permission to interview at other schools, and name rights.
Coach Leach let it be known to NewsChannel 11 that, "Right now I just figure I'm going to finish out my current contract and just leave it at that."
In a statement released by Texas Tech Athletic Director Gerald Myers at 5:09 p.m. Tuesday, Myers said "Coach Leach has declined our $12.7 million contract. We will enter the decision-making process and should have some announcements by next week. Our decisions will be based on the best interest of Texas Tech and all of its supporters."
Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance also spoke on the matter Tuesday, saying "I'll deal with it when I get back. I'm handling more important issues right now, Texas Tech's budget in the legislature here in Austin."
The Texas Tech Board of Regents will have a specially called teleconference meeting on Friday at 2 p.m. A line item on the agenda calls for executive session of "Personnel matters ... including but not limited to the position of the football head coach." After the executive session (not open to the public) the Regents will reconvene in open session and consider "appropriate action, if any, on items discussed in Executive Session."
Sources at Texas Tech and sources among Mike Leach's supporters have both used the word "fired" as one possible outcome if Leach does not sign a contract extension made by Texas Tech on January 9th.