Texas Tech Fires Football Coach

Instead of appearing in court to discuss Mike Leach's suspension from coaching, Texas Tech fires Leach.

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Mark Mangino resigned from his head football coaching job at the University of Kansas a few weeks ago after allegations of verbal and physical abuse of his players surfaced. And to keep the theme going this bowl season, Texas Tech's football coach, Mike Leach, is headed to the unemployment line behind Mangino for similar reasons.

Texas Tech fired Leach on Wednesday, several outlets have reported. Texas Tech's student newspaper, the Daily Toreador, which ceased publication for its winter break, hasn't confirmed the firing as of early Wednesday afternoon but did acknowledge the reports of Leach's dismissal on its Twitter page. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal had nothing about the firing on its website at the time of publishing this post.

Texas Tech officials reportedly handed Leach's lawyer a termination letter just before the two sides were set to meet in court to discuss Leach's suspension from coaching, ESPN.com reports. Leach had signed an extension through 2012.

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