Texas Tech Reaches Out to Alumni Who Are Upset About Coach's Firing

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Mike Leach, the former football coach of Texas Tech U., entreats his defense during a game in September.

After Texas Tech University abruptly fired its popular but controversial head football coach last week—following accusations that he mistreated an injured player—university fund raisers and alumni-relations officials have been working to control potential damage from angry supporters. While university officials say it is too soon to know how Mike Leach's dismissal will affect donations, at least a modest effect on giving, particularly to athletics, is expected.