Texas Tech rejected Leach's November settlement proposal
In response to an Open Records Request, FOX 34 has obtained a copy of Texas Tech's reply to a settlement proposed by fired head football coach Mike Leach. Leach sent the proposal to the Board of Regents in late November. His attorney, Ted Liggett, released the letter to the media last week.
The letter from Leach expressed a willingness to settle his lawsuit against the university for the amount he claims he is owed under his contract for coaching in 2009.
Texas Tech's reply letter cites several reasons behind its rejection of Leach's offer. It states Leach was paid all that he was entitled, including incentive bonuses Leach claims he did not receive.
Leach was fired by the university at the end of 2009. The response repeats the claims that Leach materially breached his contract by repeatedly abusing a student-athlete who was diagnosed with a concussion. That player, Adam James, is the son of former SMU running back and college football television analyst Craig James. James is the target of a defamation suit filed by Leach. He's now running for a U.S. Senate seat. Adam James played tight end and caught 32 passes for the Red Raiders in 2011,