Texas Tech's Board of Regents has called a special teleconference Friday afternoon amid growing speculation that the school is preparing to part ways with coach Mike Leach.
Leach had been given a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday to sign a five year, $12.7 million contract extension. His current deal runs through the 2010 season and Leach earlier told about 40 supporters gathered for a rally outside the Tech football facility that he plans to honor his contract.
"I want to thank everybody for showing up," said Leach, who returned Monday night to Lubbock after attending a rugby match in Wales on Saturday and the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
"Shoot, heard about it last night. I came in on a plane kind of late. I appreciate y'all showing up. We're going to have a great team this year. We're excited about spring football and we're excited about the players here, the coaches and just looking forward to a great season."