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Monday, December 28, 2009
Texas Tech suspends coach Mike Leach

By Jeff Caplan

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach will not coach the Red Raiders in the Jan. 2 Alamo Bowl against Michigan State after the Tech athletic department announced Monday that it has suspended Leach at least until the completion of an investigation into a complaint from a player and his parents.

According to the announcement, the unnamed player and his parents have complained about the treatment of the player by Leach after an injury. An investigation is underway, which comes in the wake of the situation at Kansas involving complaints from players about former coach Mark Mangino. Mangino resigned after the season.

Here's the news release issued by the Texas Tech athletic department at 3:43 p.m. Monday:

"At Texas Tech all such complaints are considered as serious matters, and as a result, an investigation of the incident is underway. Until the investigation is complete, Texas Tech University is suspending coach Leach from all duties as Head Football Coach effective immediately. The investigation into this matter will continue in a thorough and fair manner.

Coach Ruffin McNeill will assume duties as Interim Head Coach and will coach the team during the Alamo Bowl.

The decision to take these actions was made in consultation with the Texas Tech University president, and the Texas Tech University System chancellor, and Board of Regents chairman and vice chairman.

Because this is a personnel matter no further comment will be forthcoming."