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    Mike Leach sues ESPN

    Mike Leach files lawsuit against ESPN


    ESPN.com news services

    Former coach Mike Leach sued ESPN and a public relations firm Wednesday, accusing them of libel and slander after he was fired by Texas Tech amid charges that he mistreated receiver Adam James, the son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James.

    The suit filed in Texas district court claims the network's coverage of Leach's firing last year was "willful and negligent defamation" and that it failed to "retract false and damaging statements" it made from "misinformation" provided to ESPN by Craig James.

    ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said the company has not seen the lawsuit and that it would be inappropriate to comment.

    Leach attorney Ted Liggett said the former coach wants "to set the record" straight.

    "Mike Leach is adamant," Liggett said. "Mike Leach wants his name cleared. His reputation has taken a severe hit and been tarnished."

    The university fired Leach on Dec. 30, two days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated Adam James. Leach has denied the claim.

    Adam James has said his coach twice ordered him to stand for hours while confined in a dark place during practice. On Wednesday, Liggett claimed that Adam James said under oath that he thought it was "humorous" what Leach told him to do and that he didn't think Leach should have been fired.

    The suit, which seeks undisclosed damages and retractions from ESPN and the PR firm, was filed now because the statute of limitations on slander and libel is one year.

    "On a daily basis we're still seeing stories across the country with accounts Leach claims are counter to the truth," Liggett said. "Mike Leach is looking forward to getting back into coaching -- he's said that on several occasions."

    Leach was fired a few days before Texas Tech beat Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl. Craig James was slated to be a broadcaster but was replaced by Mike Patrick, according to the suit.

    Patrick described Adam James to "an audience of millions," saying "'There is Adam James, who is the young man who was actually punished for having a concussion,'" the lawsuit claims. Patrick's comments left the impression that "Leach punished a player for having a concussion."

    Craig James is also a defendant in the lawsuit Leach filed against Texas Tech when he was fired. The university has appealed a ruling that Texas Tech waived its sovereign immunity protection by its conduct in Leach's firing. A ruling is pending from the 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo, Texas.

    In June, State District Judge William C. Sowder dismissed three top administrators -- university system chancellor Kent Hance, school president Guy Bailey, athletic director Gerald Myers -- from that suit. The two sides earlier this week agreed that the three would not face future lawsuits over Leach's firing.

    The libel suit also names Spaeth Communications as a defendant, claiming James hired the firm for "purposes of creating public opinion hostile to Leach."

    Liggett said Spaeth was behind the Internet posting of a video Adam James shot while he stood in one of the dark places.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5847181


    I really think Leach wins this case, and all I've got to say to ESPN is guess what, Karma's a bitch.

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    Re: Mike Leach sues ESPN

    I hope that he wins the case, because I am fed up with ESPN's reporting style these days.
    Go Dawgs!

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    Re: Mike Leach sues ESPN

    So Craig and Adam disagree on Leach's treatment of Adam?

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    Re: Mike Leach sues ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by HeyBulldog View Post
    So Craig and Adam disagree on Leach's treatment of Adam?
    pretty much

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    Re: Mike Leach sues ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by WVUfaninKY3 View Post
    pretty much
    Let us read between the lines...

    Mike Leach was actually contracted to do some shows on ESPN as part of their panel of analysts not long ago. The contract was not extended because Leach had no personna. He never cracked a smile and his monotone delivery drew low ratings.. In short, people were turning the channel when Leach was on.

    This is a personal, vindictive suit against ESPN by Leach. Had Leach been offered a full contract with ESPN after his short stint, this suit would not be happening. No way Leach should get a dime, although in this day and age of money hungry lawyers and bleeding heart judges, who knows? ESPN only reported information offered by the James family, which constitutes no wrong doing.

    If Leach actually thinks suing ESPN is going to help his cause to get back into coaching, he is dumber than a brick. Who wants a coach that ESPN wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole? The program that hired Leach could forget about national publicity.

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    Re: Mike Leach sues ESPN

    Leach is just not the god among men that he thinks he is, as a coach or as a commentator. He hasn't quite figured that out yet. He's just making things worse for himself with all these lawsuits.

    I know a lot of folks think he got a raw deal at TT, but it is a different world now. The Woody Hayes era of coaching is over. If he had just walked away from TT, he could have re-made himself and landed another coaching job a few years later, ala Bobby Knight. Now his chance at a big 6 coaching position are zilch. And as for his stint as a talking head .... zzzzzz.

    Mike, open a rural roadside diner and talk with the farmers and truckers about how great you are and how you got screwed by the world.

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