ESPN's James has vested interest in today's broadcast

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When Texas Tech takes the field tonight against No. 17 Houston, Adam James, the son of ESPN analyst Craig James, will line up as one of the myriad receivers the Red Raiders employ.

And who will be one of those charged with dissecting his play?  His father, of course.

The game is being televised by ESPN2, and James will be in the broadcast booth calling the action.  In fact, part of the reason why James will be part of the crew covering the game for the WWL is because he admittedly lobbied for this opportunity.

Obviously, there’s potential there for conflict of interest, but James says he will do his best to avoid being a “homer”.

“You can be 100 percent certain that inside I will be going crazy excited about it,” James said according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “But I’ll be fair and have integrity for the broadcast and for University of Houston fans and for college football fans. They don’t want to hear me up there being a homer.”

Even given that, James can’t hide the excitement he’s feeling about getting to call one of his son’s game.

“I’m really excited as a dad to be able to see Adam play in person,” he said. “To be there for pregame and see him on the field and be there with him after the game – as any parent that gets a chance to go to their son’s game would be able to do – I’m thrilled about that.”

Hopefully, James will follow the path plowed by Bob Griese when he got the opportunity to call Michigan games when his son Brian was the starting quarterback, and not that of ol’ DW’s blatant case of homeritis in a different sport…

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.