Leach, Texas Tech to meet on Friday
Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach and the school are headed to mediation Friday in Lubbock, Texas, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
On Jan. 21, State District Judge William Sowder ordered Leach, Texas Tech and their attorneys to complete mediation by Feb. 5. Lubbock attorney Frank E. "Dirk" Murchison III, a graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law, will try to mediate a resolution between the sides, according to the sources.
Sowder issued a gag order in the trial, precluding both parties from commenting about the mediation.
A source familiar with the situation told ESPN.com that attorneys did not expect a resolution to be reached during this weekend's mediation because "it's too early in the process." The source described the mediation as a "feeling out" of sorts. The source said neither side wants the case to go to trial and said the dispute might be resolved in mediation at a later date.
Texas Tech fired Leach on Dec. 30, two days after it suspended him amid allegations that he mistreated a player who was recovering from a concussion. Red Raiders receiver Adam James told school officials that Leach ordered him to stand for hours while confined in a dark area during practice.