[Guest post by DRJ]
A Lubbock district court judge threw out several tort and other claims filed by former Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach, but allowed his breach of contract claim to continue against Texas Tech University:
“Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach can move forward with a lawsuit claiming breach of contract over his firing, which followed allegations of player mistreatment, a judge ruled Tuesday.
State District Judge William C. Sowder struck down Texas Tech’s claim of sovereign immunity from the breach of conduct claim. But Sowder upheld the university’s sovereign immunity against the lawsuit’s other claims, which included libel, slander and violation of Texas’ Whistleblower Act.
The university fired Leach on Dec. 30, two days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion. Leach has denied mistreating Adam James and suspects an $800,000 bonus he was to have received Dec. 31 was the reason he was fired.”
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports the Judge also threw out claims against individual Tech administrators but has yet to rule on claims against the chair and vice chair of the Board of Regents, or on Leach’s claim against Adam James’ father Craig.