Appeals court sets Oct. 7 for oral arguments in fired Texas Tech coach's suit against school

The Texas appeals court handling former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach's lawsuit against the university over his 2009 firing has set Oct. 7 for oral arguments.

The school is appealing a judge's ruling that the university waived its right to sovereign immunity in Leach's breach of conduct claim.

The university fired Leach last Dec. 30, two days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion. Leach has denied mistreating receiver Adam James and his attorneys have suggested an $800,000 bonus he was to have received Dec. 31 was the reason he was fired.

James is the son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James.