An employment relationship that went bad. It happens all the time from Burger King to any corporate boardroom. When it happens in Lubbock, Texas to a major college coach, it becomes big news. Mike Leach filed his Third Amended Petition in state court alleging breach of contract, wrongful termination, among other things. He has added new facts suggesting "outside forces" conspired to get him evicted. But, as with any employment relationship, prior issues also serve as background evidence. He had a difficult negotiation of his contract just last year.
It is safe to assume Coach Leach had a "just cause" termination clause in his contract. Otherwise, none of these new facts would be relevant. If he did indeed abuse a player, then "just cause" means he could be fired without having to pay the remainder of his contract.
"Just cause" means he could only be fired for a just or good reason. Just cause is the opposite of "at-will." Not all, but very many individual employment agreements contain some form of a just cause termination clause. What is a just cause will be up to a jury. Texas juries can be very conservative. Coach Leach would have to show that Texas Tech did something more than reasonably rely on complaints from a concerned parent.