Another chapter was added Monday to the bizarro world of Texas Tech football when university officials suspended Mike Leach indefinitely after completing an initial investigation into the coach's alleged mistreatment of receiver Adam James.
James is the son of Craig James, the ESPN analyst who was scheduled to work Saturday's Alamo Bowl telecast involving the Red Raiders and Michigan State. ESPN announced late Monday that James would no longer work the game.
The receiver and his parents complained to Tech officials about how their son was mistreated after he suffered a concussion during a Dec. 16 practice.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported that Leach ordered James to stand in a dark shed at the team's practice facility on Dec. 17 because he thought the player was faking the injury. Leach had a sentry at the door, and when James sat down, the coach ordered all items be removed from the shed so the player could not sit.
On Dec. 19, Leach forced James to stand in a dark room for three hours.
The newspaper reported that Leach did not dispute the facts, but did not believe he had done anything wrong. The coach told officials that James was a slacker and that his father was always calling and acting like a Little League dad.
Ted Liggett, who is Leach's attorney, said he will try and get his client reinstated before Saturday's game.