Texas Tech Fires Coach Over Abuse Allegations
Mike Leach is out after player claims mistreatment
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2009 2:38 PM CST
Now-former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach in 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Texas Tech fired football coach Mike Leach today following a player's accusation of mistreatment. The school delivered the news to Leach's attorney just before a hearing to determine whether the suspended Leach could be reinstated, reports the Houston Chronicle. “He’s not thrilled,” says his lawyer. The move comes two days after a player accused Leach of locking him in a dark room on two occasions when he told the coach that he couldn't practice because of a concussion.

“We can guarantee that the fight has just begun,” the lawyer continues. If Leach’s contract stands, he will collect the $1.6 million due him for the remaining 4 years. He could also stand to gain an $800,000 bonus that was to be paid out tomorrow. Baylor coach Art Briles is on the short list to replace Leach, who took the Red Raiders to a bowl game for each of the 10 years he led them.