The lawyer for Mike Leach said the suspended Texas Tech coach did nothing wrong in the way he treated a player with a "mild" concussion, and Leach wants a court's help to allow him to coach in the Alamo Bowl game against Michigan State on Saturday.
The motion for a temporary restraining order was filed yesterday in Lubbock, Texas. A hearing was set for this morning in District Court.
University officials suspended Leach on Monday while the school investigates a complaint from receiver Adam James and his family. James is the son of former NFL player Craig James, now a television analyst for ESPN.
A person close to James with direct knowledge of the situation alleges the player twice was forced to stand in a small, dark place while the team practiced. The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition on anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the complaint.
Leach was "begged to work something out to avoid a confrontation," said a person familiar with the inquiry who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
The school's attorney left a voice-mail message with Leach's attorney that the university needed a letter of apology by noon Monday, the person said. It did not arrive.
"That's when they made the decision to suspend [Leach], thinking that would bring him to his senses," the person said.
Champs Sports Bowl. Workhorse running back John Clay ran for two touchdowns as No. 24 Wisconsin defeated No. 14 Miami by a score of 20-14 in Orlando, Fla.
Clay rushed for 121 yards, and Scott Tolzien passed for 260 yards as the bulky Badgers controlled play most of the way.
The Badgers (10-3) held Miami quarterback Jacory Harris largely in check until he threw a 14-yard TD pass to Thearon Collier in the game's last two moments.
Miami (9-4) subsequently recovered an onside kick, but could do no further damage.