Texas Tech rejects Mike Leach's offer to settle suit | College football
Texas Tech has rejected an offer by former coach Mike Leach to settle his lawsuit against the school. Leach was announced as Washington State's coach Nov. 30.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech has rejected an offer by former coach Mike Leach to settle his lawsuit against the school.
Leach, who coaches Washington State, informed Texas Tech officials in a Nov. 28 letter he would "settle and move on" if he was paid what he was due for his last season in Lubbock. He didn't specify an amount.
The letter was written two days before WSU announced Leach was its coach and was released Friday by one of his attorneys, Ted Liggett.
Leach wrote, "Even though I worked up to December 30, 2009, I never received my 2009 pay for guaranteed income, my ten year bonus, or incentive bonuses (for the games we won, the ranking, reaching a bowl, etc.)."
Leach also wrote: "Although I have suffered lost income from 2009 to the present, I am willing to settle and move on, and I feel that is in the best interest of not only myself, but also Texas Tech University and its alumni, students and fans."
Texas Tech attorney Dicky Grigg said the offer was unanimously rejected by Tech regents because the university believes Leach has been paid what he was owed.
Leach was fired amid claims he mistreated receiver Adam James — son of former ESPN commentator Craig James, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
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