Mike Leach, in his first interview since being fired by Texas Tech, says Adam James is "lazy" and somebody who "wanted to fall back on his father," Craig James, an ESPN analyst. Experts like Leach's chances in a legal fight against the university.
A video claiming to be of Texas Tech's Adam James in an electrical closet off the press room at Jones AT&T Stadium has been posted to YouTube. Although there is no independent confirmation that this was shot by James, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal went ahead and posted the video late Wednesday.
The description with the video says it was shot on Dec. 19. "James momentarily turned on a light to record his surroundings with his cell phone."
Addendum: After the jump, a TV report out of Lubbock that aired Tuesday, the day before Leach was fired. Ted Liggett, Leach's attorney, takes a reporter on a tour of a shed and electrical closet where he says James spent time during practice. There is also a video from an angry fan on a local call-radio program, also from Tuesday.
Update: Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday. Leach was due a bonus of $800,000 if he was still coach on Thursday.
ESPN analyst Craig James talked for the first time Tuesday night about taking steps to protect his son, Adam, a receiver on the Texas Tech team.
"I'm a dad," he said. "Everybody knows me as an ESPN guy and a football guy, but I'm a dad. When my wife and I heard about it the first time, we had no idea how to respond. The second time it came to us, we really wanted to help protect Adam from further things that could go against him.
"This is not common sense, the tactics and the tools and the methods he was placed under following a doctor's diagnosis of a concussion."
James' complaint led to the indefinite suspension of Mike Leach on Monday, and the coach's attorney will argue Wednesday morning that his client should be reinstated before Saturday's Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, where the Red Raiders are preparing to play Michigan State.
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.
Texas Tech's Mike Leach filmed this scene for DirecTV's "Friday Night Lights" on Sept. 18 in Austin, the night before his team played Texas in a nationally televised game.
While Leach is always worth a laugh or two, it's truly amazing what he gets away with. Few universities would allow their coach to run off and try to start a career in Hollywood on the eve of a big game. Too bad the same rules don't apply to his players. They can't even use Twitter.