Mike Leach’s lawsuit appeal denied by Texas Supreme Court

Mike Leach filed a lawsuit claiming libel and slander after his firing from Texas Tech amid speculation he mistreated a player.

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LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has denied an appeal from ex-Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach in a lawsuit over his firing.

Texas Tech dismissed Leach in 2009 amid accusations he mistreated a player suffering a concussion. That player was the son of Craig James, a former SMU star and ex-broadcaster with ESPN.

Leach sued James, ESPN and public relations firm Spaeth Communications, alleging libel and slander. A judge in 2013 granted summary judgment in favor of James, ESPN and Spaeth. A case against Texas Tech previously was dismissed.

In November, the 7th Texas Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling, and the Supreme Court’s denial May 1 upholds those decisions.

Leach’s attorney, Michael Hurst, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Friday he’ll meet with Leach to discuss any possible responses.