Texas Tech Fires Leach

In the midst of a controversy over the treatment of injured wide receiver Adam James, the Texas Tech administration fired head coach Mike Leach Wednesday morning.

Texas Tech's winningest football coach Mike Leach was fired Wednesday by the school's administration. Leach had been placed on suspension and was being investigated by Texas Tech due to allegations of player mistreatment of wide receiver Adam James.

The son of ESPN analyst Craig James, the James family alleged Adam "had been subjected to actions and treatment not consistent with common sense rules for safety and health" after suffering a concusion during practice.

Leach has denied the allegations, saying that he "would never intentionally harm or endanger a player" and was appealing the suspension when he was informed of the termination.

The Red Raiders will face Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday. Defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill has been appointed to serve as interim head coach.

Leach's record in his 10 years as the Red Raiders' head coach was 84-43.

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