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Mike Leach loses another appeal in Texas Tech firing saga

For as long as College Football Talk has been around, it seems it has been tracking the relationship between Texas Tech and Mike Leach. I even checked the archives of the site and found enough stories about Leach vs. Texas Tech to last a lifetime. So here is one more.

Texas Supreme Court has denied Leach’s latest appeal regarding his wrongful termination lawsuit against his previous employer. The lawsuit in question was filed by Leach against ESPN, Craig James and Spaeth Communications and accused the three defendants of libel and slander against Leach. In 2013 a judge ruled in favor of the defendants and last November a Texas Court of Appeals upheld the original ruling.

Leach will reportedly meet with his lawyer to review any possible backup plans now that his appeal has been turned aside. Leach previously had one appeal tossed in 2011 and another tossed in 2012. By now Leach is having appeals denied almost as frequently as a Washington State quarterback will attempt a pass.

Leach was fired by Texas Tech on December 30, 2009, the same calendar year he had agreed to an extension and asked, ironically, “How in the hell can they just fire me?” After a year serving a role as a college football analyst on TV and host a show on radio (and write a book), Leach returned to coaching when he was hired by Washington State in 2012.

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