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Mike Leach Fired at Texas Tech

Mike Leach has long been a favorite coach of mine but this year was a tough one for him.  First of all he banned Twitter after one of his players called him out for being late to a team meeting on it and then it is alleged that he confined a player to a small, dark spaces after he was diagnosed with a concussion.  After Texas Tech University heard about it, he was fired with cause.

Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach The school handed a termination letter to Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, just minutes before the two sides were to appear in a Lubbock, Texas, courtroom for a hearing on the coach’s suspension.

Liggett said the letter said Leach was “terminated with cause effective immediately.”

In February, Leach and the school agreed to a five-year, $12.7 million contract. According to terms of the deal, Leach was due a $800,000 bonus on Dec. 31 if he were still the head coach at Texas Tech.

Leach was suspended by the university on Monday after receiver Adam James alleged the coach twice confined him to small, dark spaces while the practiced.

James is the son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James.

Texas Tech plays Michigan State on Saturday in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

Tech is the second Big 12 school to launch an internal investigation into a coach’s treatment of his players.

On Nov. 16, Kansas investigated Mark Mangino, who got a big raise after he was national coach of the year and went 12-1 in 2007. Some players said he was insensitive, though others defended him.

You don’t often see school’s go after high profile coaches like this.  Look at how long the University of Indiana put up with Bobby Knight’s shenanigans.  Hopefully this is a sign coaches will be held accountable for more than their win loss records, unless of course you are a basketball coach in the state of Kentucky.