July 6, 2010
Texas Tech has finally appealed Judge Bill Sowder's ruling that Mike Leach can sue Texas Tech for breach of contract. The judge has ruled that Mike Leach can sue Texas Tech for only for breach of contract and has ruled for Texas Tech on the other claims. The Leach legal team had already filed notice of an appeal on the items that the judge had ruled against them on. Now Texas Tech has followed suit and the appeals court in Amarillo will decide if there are grounds for a reversal for either side.
The current appeals have nothing to do with whether Mike Leach was terminated with or without cause. Leach is claiming that he has the right to sue Texas Tech due to their conduct. Texas Tech is essentially saying that they can't be sued, even if they have behaved badly, due to sovereign immunity.