Mike Leach Hires Firm to Investigate Texas Tech; Try to Recoup '09 Salary

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2017

Washington State head coach Mike Leach, center, looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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Mike Leach believes he is still owed $2.5 million from his time at Texas Tech. As such, he has hired an investigator to dig up information about school officials.

"We're going to get into their stuff, OK?" Wayne Dolcefino of Dolcefino Consulting said, per USA Today's Brent Schrotenboer.

"If they want to be weasels and not pay the guy, then they won't pay him," Dolcefino added. "But we're going to look under every nook and cranny. We're starting with phone records."

Leach was the head coach at Texas Tech from 2000-09 but was fired for cause because of his alleged treatment of former player Adam James while the receiver had a concussion. The coach had just signed a five-year, $12.7 million contract extension the previous offseason, but firing for cause helped the university avoid paying the remainder of the deal.

While almost a decade has passed, Leach has not gotten over the guaranteed income that wasn't given to him.

"This thing won't really go away," he told Schrotenboer in June. "And it'll never go away until this thing is settled. And it should be settled, because why should the future generation bear the black eye and the cloud that their university cheated their most successful coach in history?"

Texas Tech went 84-43 in his 10 years with the program with four seasons of at least nine wins. The Red Raiders don't have a nine-win season in eight years since.

Although Leach is doing well with Washington State while leading the squad to a 7-1 record this season, it's clear he is not over what he believes is lost money from his last head coaching job.

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