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Report: Mike Leach does not file for appeal in lawsuit against Texas Tech

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

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Mike Leach is ready to move on from Texas Tech. (USATSI)

It looks like the three-year legal battle between Mike Leach and Texas Tech has come to an end.

The Amarillo-Globe News reports that a deadline has passed for Leach to file an appeal against a district judge's February decision that Texas Tech did not violate Leach's civil rights when it fired him in 2009. The appeal had to be filed within 30 days of Judge William Sowder signing the final judgment on the case.

“We are glad this litigation is finished," Texas Tech attorney Dicky Grigg said. "As we have said from the beginning, we believed we were right on the facts and the law. The courts have agreed. We are ready to unite behind Coach Kingsbury and move forward.”

Texas Tech fired Leach in 2009 after his alleged mistreatment of player Adam James after James had been diagnosed with a concussion.

Although Leach's lawsuit against Texas Tech may be over, the current Washington State coach is not done with his lawsuit against Craig James (the father of Adam James), ESPN and Spaeth Communications. That case is scheduled to go to trial July 15.

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