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“We’ll just have to wait and see what that is,” he said. “Whatever the claim is, it’s not monetary.”

Liggett hinted at an answer.

“The facts will come out and finally the truth will be known,” he said. “While we’re disappointed that the supreme court has ruled that Mike can’t be compensated monetarily for the work he’s done, we are encouraged that we finally get to take Texas Tech to trial.”

Leach wrote to Texas Tech regents in November, two days before he was hired as the Cougars’ coach, seeking to settle the lawsuit. The regents rejected the offer, which did not specify an amount Leach believed he was owed for his final season.

In a separate case, Leach has also sued ESPN Inc. and a public relations firm accusing them of libel and slander after he was fired. The lawsuit seeks undisclosed damages and retractions from ESPN and the PR firm.

“The suit is without merit and we will defend against it vigorously,” ESPN spokesman Josh Kruelwitz said in an email.


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