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Leach story is headed for curious twist

December, 29, 2009
12/29/09
9:03
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Mike Leach's coaching career is headed for a morning showdown tomorrow in Lubbock.

Attorneys representing the embattled Texas Tech coach announced that they will be seeking a temporary restraining order to get the Texas Tech coach back on the field.

If Leach is successful, he'll coach the Red Raiders in Saturday's Valero Alamo Bowl against Michigan State. If not, the next domino may have dropped in what could be the end of his 10-season coaching tenure at Tech.

If Leach wins out, he'll be in line to earn $800,000 if he's still the coach at Tech at the end of business on Thursday.

Leach's position appears strong as far as public sentiment goes in West Texas and the Lubbock area.

If he was to leave the Tech program, it would be with disappointment from fans who have seen his coaching tenure as a "Golden Era" for the Red Raiders. The Red Raiders have qualified for bowl games in each of his 10 seasons and soared as high as No. 2 in the national polls late last season after they stunned Texas on Michael Crabtree's late game-winning catch in Lubbock.

That jubilation -- both for Leach and the Tech program -- seems far removed as the hearing on the restraining order approaches.

But he has made other late comebacks in the past. Most observers had written off his chances of obtaining a new contract last February after contentious negotiations between Leach's representatives and those from the school.

In order to remain as Tech's coach, Leach will have to deliver a similar last-second comeback.

And pulling that off twice in 10 months might be a tall order, even for as popular a public figure as Leach.

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