Craig James, the ESPN analyst who threatened to sue Texas Tech if it didn't fire Mike Leach, will continue to have an active role in the network's college football telecasts this fall.
Norby Williamson, ESPN's vice president of production, told Richard Deitsch of SI.com that "Craig still has a connection with coaches and players and there is a trust element there."
As for the connection with viewers, that's another question.
Joe Cutbirth, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of British Columbia, wrote in January that ESPN "owes its viewers, Tech and frankly the journalism profession a look at its own ethical guidelines" after James' role in Leach's termination became public.
Williamson defended the network's stance and said that James' ability to be objective will not be compromised.