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Leach had chance to avoid suspension

As it turns out, all it would’ve taken to avoid a suspension was for Mike Leach to give up an “I’m sorry” or two, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is reporting.

According to the paper, the Texas Tech coach had until Monday to write an apology to the aggrieved player, Adam James, who is a Red Raider wide receiver and son of ESPN analyst Craig James.

To his credit — or his detriment, depending on your perspective — Leach felt he did nothing wrong and failed to write the apology, leading to a suspension being handed down.

Leach also told school officials “James was a slacker and his father was always calling and acting like a Little League dad.”

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  1. Hong Kong Phooey says: Dec 29, 2009 9:49 AM

    Hope Leach likes Lubbock, coz he ain’t gettin a better gig anytime soon.
    Hey Donald Trump, you’re a moron! So glad The U didn’t hire this chump.

  2. skip7 says: Dec 29, 2009 10:19 AM

    Maybe James was a slacker, and maybe dad was overprotective, but if it’s true about Leach’s lack of action/concern over the kid’s concussion and health, he deserves to be suspended…and more.

  3. rjgreen3 says: Dec 29, 2009 10:45 AM

    NFL owners would love this guy”JUST WIN BABY!”

  4. OHbuckeyesIO says: Dec 29, 2009 12:14 PM

    Skip7 – You are overreacting. He didn’t tell the kid to go out and play/practice regardless of his concussion, and risk further head injury.
    He made him sit in a dark room. There are conflicting stories as to what room and for how long, etc., but we need to quit acting like he had disregard for the players’ safety, until a point where facts come out proving he did.
    Many schools would take Leach. More importantly, if Texas Tech gets rid of Leach, they will become a non-factor again.
    Interesting though that two of the coaches in trouble (Leach, Mangino) were former Stoops associates!

  5. Delores W says: Dec 29, 2009 12:53 PM

    Mike Leach and the Athletic Director hate each other, and have for quite a while. Craig James called, complained, and Mike Leach was suspended. The AD has been looking for an excuse to get rid of Leach for a couple of years. He hasn’t been able to before, as Leach is a good coach, and popular. The AD did not say, “Thank you, Mr James for the call, we will investigate the allegations”. He said, “Thanks for the call, Leach you are suspended”. It’s a shame for Tech’s team. As for Mangino and Leach being former coaches for Bob Stoops, what does that have to do with anything? Mangino’s last words as Kansas coach was “I’d rather die standing up, than live on my knees”. Everyone in Kansas knows Lew Perkins (AD) is a jerk. Ask the ESPN guys.

  6. SouthAustin says: Dec 29, 2009 1:07 PM

    The Pony Express is just upset that little Adam wasn’t given a new car by Tech.

  7. Skins=Show says: Dec 29, 2009 1:19 PM

    OHbuckeyesIO YOU got it WRONG joe!
    Leach (Fitting last name for this loser) didn’t like James, simple. He also didn’t believe he had a concussion which was diagnosed as MILD. Leach was mad that the kid couldn’t practice SO, placing him on LOCKDOWN was a punishment and Leach’s attorney stating that Coach Leach wants to have all his players
    “close buy” is a lie and a JOKE. That’s ALL their side can say in defense of this crazy lockdown situation.
    Leach must go.

  8. Skins=Show says: Dec 29, 2009 1:21 PM

    I can take ONE LOOK at this cat Leach and tell he’s an A-hole. Red Raiders gimme a break.

  9. Big G says: Dec 29, 2009 1:25 PM

    Man you would think that Dolores W is the BIG 12 Commish with all of his so called insider info. Listen if the guy did wrong it will come out, if he didn’t then the Criags will probably get sued for slander & what not. You guys that are blogging do not know what went wrong. As for the ESPN guys knows that Kansas AD is a jerk, who cares what a bunch of no talent guys that will report anything they here. Most of the guys at ESPN are blowhards & why is there a need for 200 sportscaster at one network anyway. Yet if he did cross the line it should be dealt with.

  10. edgy says: Dec 29, 2009 1:55 PM

    Poor wittle Adam wants coach to kiss his ass and make his boo boo better. I’ve always felt that Craig James was a punk who felt that he had a sense of entitlement and now, it appears that his son has that same attitude. Tech should let him out of his commitment and stand behind their coach because if they don’t, a lot of other players are going to go crying to the administration because coach didn’t kiss their boo boos and make them better .

  11. BillR says: Dec 29, 2009 2:25 PM

    Leach is a loser and a punk. If that was MY kid that some wanna-be “coach” made stand in a closet for several hours, I’d want a piece of him!

  12. BengalsNut says: Dec 29, 2009 2:45 PM

    Who cares….do whatever it takes “WE PLAY TO WIN THE GAMES!” Go Leach….Craig James is an overprotective parent, serves his kid right.

  13. VG says: Dec 29, 2009 4:30 PM

    Skins=Show says:
    December 29, 2009 1:21 PM ET
    I can take ONE LOOK at this cat Leach and tell he’s an A-hole. Red Raiders gimme a break.
    ONE LOOK? You must be one hell of an incredible clairvoyant person. Well, allow me the same ~ I can tell by reading of your words, that with confidence, you don’t know shi#$)(#.

  14. Ben says: Dec 29, 2009 4:36 PM

    Why would the AD force Leach to write an apology before an formal investigation?? Then after he refuses to write an apology Leach is suspended and a investigation is launched?? And the kids punishment wasn’t all that harsh….the “closet” in discussion is huge!! It is apparent that an over-protective father and jealous AD have ruined Leach’s career at TT…Too bad for the Red Raiders they won’t be relevant again for years…hope Leach lands on his feet..

  15. johnnyhandsome13 says: Dec 29, 2009 4:45 PM

    “to his credit”
    “serves his kid right”
    “you are overreacting”
    you asses need to eat a BIG BAG OF SH*T! (jackie moon) there is NO WAY to condone this behavior. A HEAD COACH’s thought process cannot be this limited! if this punk b*tch head coach is so f*ckin tough why is he speaking through a f*ckin LAWYER!!!
    i apologize for my implied profanity but
    this is unreal and unbelievable!

  16. josecanseco says: Dec 29, 2009 4:54 PM

    I know nothing about the facts of what really happened but I have strong opinions about my assumptions.

  17. Palaceofsin says: Dec 29, 2009 6:38 PM

    If every stupid thing Leach does translates to wins on the field, they wouldn’t be 8-4.. Further, there are a lot of sadistic methods that would motivate players to win at all costs, we don’t accept or allow those types of actions whether it be on the field, in the locker room, or elsewhere in our society. The simple bottom line is that if there is truth to the accusations made, Leach is scumbag and has put the safety of his player at risk to make a point. If proven guilty, he should be removed from football.

  18. ToddRagland says: Dec 29, 2009 7:06 PM

    What I don’t understand about all this is what was the Coach trying to accomplish by having the kid stand in a dark place while the team was practicing?
    I fail to see how such treatment would be of help in treating the injury he was diagnosed with…sure dark quiet place for a headache that accompanies concussion makes a little sense but forcing the kid to stand for hours at a time seems more like punishment than treatment. So why on earth would you PUNISH a kid for suffering an injury during practice? What purpose does this serve? How can this possibly be justifiable?
    If it wasn’t punishment then what was it intended to accomplish? Good coaches seldom do things without reasons, and I’d really like to hear what Coach Leach’s reasoning was before I rush to judgment one way or another but it sure seems like a strange way to handle an injured player.

  19. HBOilers24 says: Dec 29, 2009 7:44 PM

    even with the mangino situation fresh in their minds i felt that Tech pulled the trigger pretty fast. it was interesting they suspended him so quickly based on a complaint. it wasnt like he beat the kid or berated him. maybe my timeline is messed up but it seemed like they suspended first and asked questions later.
    also even though the kid would be in the right if he wasnt cleared to play im a little put off on the parents getting involved. Leach might be right about the kid, he seems to be having mommy and daddy fight his battles.

  20. Palaceofsin says: Dec 29, 2009 8:27 PM

    I was thinking about the quickness of the suspension myself. I would have to presume that they were near a breaking point with him when the complaint came. Who knows what other stories have been floating around campus of mistreating players.

  21. TeaxsR says: Dec 29, 2009 9:31 PM

    “Meat on the Hoof” forty years later. Headaches and concussions instead of leg pain. Who remembers Freddy Steinmark?

  22. Voice of Football says: Dec 29, 2009 10:18 PM

    Note to ESPN – it takes more than Craig James hanging a black sheet over the ESPN logo, and taking his tie off when being “interviewed” to be seen as reporting on this in an unbiased and impartial manner… rather than, you know… merely manufacturing news for a cheap ratings boost.

  23. Skins=Show says: Dec 30, 2009 9:47 AM

    VG: it’s called INTUITION look it up red neck.

  24. Skins=Show says: Dec 30, 2009 1:24 PM

    Well you loser Leach supporters:
    They just FIRED your BOY!
    See ya!
    Try that stuff in the NFL and he’ll get jumped.
    Matt in DC

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