Former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach had his lawsuit appeal against his former employer denied by the Texas Supreme Court.
The Texas Supreme Court has denied an appeal from ex-Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach in a lawsuit over his firing.
Texas Tech dismissed Leach in 2009 amid accusations he mistreated a player suffering a concussion. That player was the son of Craig James, a former SMU star and ex-broadcaster with ESPN.
Leach sued James, ESPN and public relations firm Spaeth Communications, alleging libel and slander. A judge in 2013 granted summary judgment in favor of James, ESPN and Spaeth. A case against Texas Tech previously was dismissed.
In November, the 7th Texas Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling, and the Supreme Court’s denial May 1 upholds those decisions.
I think Leach got bum rap while he was at Tech during this whole ordeal. I’ve personally never been much of a fan of Craig James and I think he used what power he had at ESPN to influence getting Leach ousted from his head coaching gig.
I doubt this is the end for Leach in his crusade against Texas Tech for firing him, but he may want to focus on his current team as they are working on becoming a contender in the Pac-12.