Texas Tech suspends coach indefinitely

SAN ANTONIO – Texas Tech suspended Mike Leach from all duties as head football coach today and named defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill as interim head coach for Saturday’s Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.

A statement Tech issued this afternoon said the university recently received a complaint from a player and his parents about the player’s treatment after an injury.

“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.’’

The statement said the decision to suspend Leach was made in consultation with the university’s president, chancellor, board of regents chairman and vice chairman.

Leach, in his 10th season, recently broke Spike Dykes’ Tech record for career coaching victories. Leach and his family flew from Lubbock to San Antonio today as the team reported to begin on-site preparations for Saturday’s game.

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