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Tech prepared to fire Leach with cause?

The situation regarding Mike Leach and Texas Tech could be coming to a head shortly,‘s Joe Schad is reporting.

People close to the situation tell Schad, reporting on the network’s Outside the Lines show this afternoon, that the university is prepared to fire the suspended head coach with cause in the next 48 hours.

Leach’s attorney told OTL that the school can do whatever it wants, but it’s his contention that his client did not breach his contract and intimated that they would take whatever legal recourse was available to them whether Tech decides to dismiss Leach 48 hours from now or 48 days from now.

That time frame is very intriguing, though, as Leach is due an $800,000 “completion bonus” if he’s the head coach after Dec. 31 of this year;  that 48-hour time frame mentioned by Schad would have the coach fired before the bonus was due, thus saving the university — at least temporarily — just under $1 million.

Of course, the cost to their reputation, especially amongst its fan base, could well exceed whatever financial obligations they would save by dismissing the most successful and popular head coach in the school’s history.

Leach was suspended by the university on Monday after the school had received complaints from the parents of an injured player.

That injured player, as we all know now, was wide receiver Adam James, son of ESPN analyst Craig James.

Leach has admitted he “secluded” James on two occasions in a building near the school’s practice field after James had sustained a minor concussion during practice earlier this month.  Leach also refused to apologize to James and his family, which helped lead to the suspension.

Regardless of how this situation turns out, both Leach and Texas Tech have received a black eye that won’t go away for quite awhile.  

As has Craig “Blackhawk” James and other “helicopter” parents who, for some reason, can’t allow their spawns’ coaches to… ya know… coach them without sticking their noses and two copper Lincolns into their adult children’s business.

Some people have asked via email for my take on the situation.  So, here goes: if I would’ve gone to my dad with the very story Adam James’ allegedly did to his father, my dad would’ve smacked me upside the head and told me to grow a pair and deal with it.

Of course, I’m also the kind of parent who would love to have my sons play and learn under Bobby Knight, so your mileage may vary.  Obviously.

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  1. Hong Kong Phooey says: Dec 29, 2009 4:20 PM

    Leach had to know better. If, as he claims, James was a ‘little league dad,’ Leach would have to know he’d complain about mistreatment of his son. So, while I agree this isn’t THAT big of a deal, Leach has what’s coming to him.
    Leach = Jerry Glanville. Fun for awhile and then everyone realizes that they’re just plain nuts.

  2. skinny pigeon says: Dec 29, 2009 4:29 PM

    Smacked you upside the head and prolonged the concussion?
    That would explain Kiffin, but not you.

  3. JCD says: Dec 29, 2009 4:33 PM

    Seriously, the James gang looks worse than Leach in this situation. Good luck to their kid ever playing football again.

  4. don porter says: Dec 29, 2009 4:51 PM

    No sympathy for the coach (paid far too much for his worth) but the player doesn’t need his dad and TV sport monopoly pushing the buttons.

  5. johnnyhandsome13 says: Dec 29, 2009 5:01 PM

    “adult childrens”
    the young man suffered a concussion. do you think he told the parents on his recruiting trips, “if your child is injured I will stick him in seclusion where he cant lean or stand for 3+ hours?” No. And we all know why he would not tell any PARENT

  6. Observer1 says: Dec 29, 2009 5:02 PM

    If he is fired, I hope Indiana fires Lynch and hires Leach immediately.

  7. zmo says: Dec 29, 2009 5:12 PM

    You know, I’ve heard of worse “punishment” for being hurt even in girls sports, but Leach had to have known better so he should not be surprised by all of this. I am a bit surprised at the way James is handling all this. I mean, I Leach and the school will get over it eventually even though it may take a lawsuit or two, but the kid, he’s scarred for his college football career.

  8. zmo says: Dec 29, 2009 5:18 PM

    “…James had sustained a minor concussion during practice earlier this month.”
    A mild concussion during practice? Practice?! Practice?! We talkin’ ’bout practice?!

  9. johnnyhandsome13 says: Dec 29, 2009 5:18 PM

    Hi im coach leach. if your child is injured while playing for me im gonna stick him in a utility closet where he cant lean or sit for three hours on at least two different occasions. so is it a deal? can your son come play for me and texas tech?
    does this sh*t even sound right? youre damned right his FATHER became involved.
    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!!! now he wants an injunction!
    he didnt think this one through too good, did he??
    this is unreal and unbelievable!

  10. gator_prof says: Dec 29, 2009 5:24 PM

    Re: “Some people have asked via email for my take on the situation. So, here goes: if I would’ve gone to my dad with the very story Adam James’ allegedly did to his father, my dad would’ve smacked me upside the head and told me to grow a pair and deal with it.
    Of course, I’m also the kind of parent who would love to have my sons play and learn under Bobby Knight, so your mileage may vary. Obviously.”
    I can’t believe that I am actually agreeing with John Taylor.
    Leach will land on his feet at a better job. Tech won’t attract anything above a warm bucket of spit to that job.

  11. BillR says: Dec 29, 2009 5:25 PM

    Leach NEEDS to be fired! I’ll bet he feels like a big man, picking on some injured KID!
    What a loser!

  12. John Taylor says: Dec 29, 2009 5:31 PM

    @gator_prof: Would that be the fourth or fifth sign of the apocalypse? 😉

  13. sportsmom says: Dec 29, 2009 5:43 PM

    If Craig James didn’t work for ESPN, no one would have said anything and we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Way to make your son look like a big ‘ol pansy! And that’s from a mom of two boys!

  14. RaiderRedleg says: Dec 29, 2009 5:49 PM

    This boils down to Leach and University leadership that doesn’t like him or the way he acts (little fat girlfriends aside).
    Time for Leach to go (Kentucky anyone?) and for James to head off to Daddy’s old school SMU where June Jones can either turn him into a good pass catcher or a grad assistant.
    Texas Tech’s best shot for greatness was last year (just like it was Oklahoma State’s this year)…The Big 12 South powerhouses like OU and UT won’t EVER drop off enough to let Tech break through like they had a chance to last year.
    As far as your “take”…it is big talk when your talking hypotheticals…Would I have handled it the same way as the Craig Family heck no…I would have just told my son to quietly transfer somewhere else to keep everyone’s reputation intact, but your bravdo about “smacking your son upside the head” is a little thin in my opinion.
    It is a situation that the University decided to put out in the open and try and fry Leach…The James kid is just a tool to make that happen.

  15. gator_prof says: Dec 29, 2009 5:50 PM

    I don’t know, but agreeing with you gives me a warm feeling like “a 3 year old that just crapped his pants”. While it is a warm feeling and I have a smile on my face, there just isn’t something right about it…;).

  16. sakmentor says: Dec 29, 2009 5:54 PM

    If my college coach had tried to stick me in a closet I’d have told him to shove it. I wouldn’t have needed my father to step in for something like that. I then would have transferred out of Lubbock.

  17. edgy says: Dec 29, 2009 6:15 PM

    You know, if I’m a Tech alum with influence$$$, I might tell the U that they should let James out of his commitment and even allow him to go to any Big 12 school, if his poor wittle heart desires to stay around and try to stick it to the Red Raiders and stand behind the coach. If Tech fires Leach, he’s going to end up getting a job and I would think that a couple of Big 12 programs might even think about getting him on board and a lot of coaches who might have looked longingly at Tech in the past might be leery to go to a school that doesn’t have its coach’s back.

  18. Deb says: Dec 29, 2009 6:28 PM

    Oh dear … I’m sort of agreeing with John and gator_prof. It’s definitely a sign of something sinister. My dad wouldn’t have smacked me unless I sassed him. He would have wanted to smack the coach. But I’m with sakmentor. When we went through stuff like this, we didn’t tell our parents. We just dealt with it. (Ooops. That’s a personal anecdote. gatorfan1 will have a cow.)
    John, have you ever read “The Junction Boys”? Can you imagine helicopter parents in those days?

  19. Rksdad says: Dec 29, 2009 6:34 PM

    Are you kidding me? Is the suggestion here that there is any possible justification for the absolutely unconscionable admitted treatment by Leach of one of his players?
    I don’t care who his dad is, or whether his dad, rightly or wrongly, was a pain in this coach’s neck. You don’t punish a kid for being hurt, and you don’t make him isolate him and physically abuse him (standing in one place for three hours without being able to sit or lean is abuse – you try it) for being a slacker. If the kid’s a slacker, you sit him, you don’t torture him.
    I’m was a football player, and my son is a football player. Discomfort is a necessary part of physical training in which you expand your body’s limits by pushing those limits. “No pain, no gain” has its place in athletics, and even making a player run windsprints or some other training exercise as a consequence of some bad behavior has a purpose beyond just inflicing discomfort.
    There is no excuse, though, for mindlessly hurting a player out of a childish fit of anger at some perceived bad behavior, real or not. This isn’t a hard-assed football coach, this is an egotistical idiot, and someone who sure as hell would never coach my kid.
    I repeat. There is no excuse for this coach’s actions. None. They were not only wrong, but as a lawyer, I can tell you that they were criminal, although I wouldn’t expect a prosecution in this case. Football is a tough sport, but this isn’t football. This is a coach who doesn’t get it.

  20. John Taylor says: Dec 29, 2009 6:36 PM

    @ Deb: My dad would’ve considered that sassin’.
    And yep, read it, and in no way could I imagine that. It’s simply not possible.

  21. ŦDocAlumŦ says: Dec 29, 2009 6:37 PM

    If the story that is being put out there is ALL the story, then Cap’n need not apologize. I am a proud alumni and really have doubts to the motives of the James family and administration.
    I am also a doctor serving my residency. It is Med School 101 that people suffering from a concussion need quiet and dark places. They also should not be allowed to fall asleep. I have never seen a shack/shed on the campus of Texas Tech, including the athletic facilities. My best guess is he was complaining of headache, had an elevated pulse and needed some time to “gather the chickens”. He was made to stand so that he would keep his brain working and not get an opportunity to sleep. The circumstances are obviously being taken out of context. It is well known that Leach is eccentric, so I don’t doubt he told the kid if he came out of the room he would be off the team. That is typical coach talk for a player who is immature. What isn’t being covered by the national media is that Adam James was trying to transfer out of Lubbock. It all seems too fishy.

  22. tombrookshire says: Dec 29, 2009 7:48 PM

    He made James stand in a broom closet! Because he had a concussion? What kind of crap is that? Fire that bitch.

  23. wavoka says: Dec 29, 2009 8:02 PM

    If memory serves me correctly this is the same sort of thing Craig James’ parents did while he was at SMU playing behind Eric Dickerson. They felt he wasn’t getting enough play time and whined and whined about it.
    Craig James was a good back and all, but Eric Dickerson good? I think not.
    To me this seems like a couple of things:
    1. Craig James not falling far from the helicopter parenting tree
    2. Adam James being unhappy with his play time and likely blowing things out of proportion.
    3. The Tech AD not liking Leach, which is well documented, and using this as an excuse to get rid of him and to save $

  24. max says: Dec 29, 2009 8:03 PM

    My mom would’ve slapped me in the face before word of this made it to my dad.

  25. JCD says: Dec 29, 2009 8:04 PM

    Oh for heaven’s sake it wasn’t a broom closet or even a shed! John Taylor, you need to post some of the statements made by Leach’s former players about being made to stay in the same places when they were too sick to practice and how in their minds, it was no big deal. This kid sounds like an overprivileged punk used to getting his way, and I’m glad Leach didn’t apologize to his famous helicopter daddy.

  26. ryanrico says: Dec 29, 2009 8:29 PM

    GREAT post. Makes sense.

  27. rugonzalez says: Dec 29, 2009 8:30 PM

    What a Moron you are Taylor. First and foremost the kid had a concussion. Was he and is he still in the right frame of mind? Second was that his parents have every right to question what the coach did. Would it have mattered if the kid was Joe the Plumbers kid or Craig James’ kid? Third, you are a writer. I was about to say journalist but I did not want to demean the profession. (my dad would’ve smacked me upside the head and told me to grow a pair and deal with it) That’s why you are a writer. You could not deal with being smacked (either by a coach or your father)so you decided to become a writer.
    If I were paying my sons scholarship, you better bet that I would want to know what was going on.
    Fourth, and I don’t know this but you stated that Father James was a “little league father”.
    Was this documented? Or was this from some coach who feels the heat and tried to cover his butt like most of the allegations.

  28. chuckieboy says: Dec 29, 2009 8:43 PM

    Listen Coach Leach,
    If you treated treated my son’s concussion with solitary confinement, and I would personally treat your personality disorder with a tire tool. I believe that treatment is much more in order for your abuse. I could certainly pronounce you ‘cured’ in only a few minutes.
    I bet if Craig James had to do it all over again, he would opt for this. As would any real father.

  29. football fan says: Dec 29, 2009 9:18 PM

    So what if the kid was a slacker and the dad a helicopter parent? The issue here is that a coach PUNISHED a player for being hurt. As we all know, a concussion is not to be messed with. Shame on the coach!

  30. DivingDancer says: Dec 29, 2009 9:19 PM

    First, Leach is getting exactly what he has coming to him. He’s an arrogant narcissist who has always been so convinced of his own genius (a belief that has been bolstered by the press and the school) that he can’t imagine that what he has (allegedly) done is wrong. But look at it from a different standpoint. If a prisoner of war were subjected to the same treatment that this player was, it would be considered by some to be a war crime.
    Please don’t tell me “this is football, and only a wimp would complain about being locked in a utility closet”. That’s crap. The real implication is the following: “You went and got yourself a concussion, which means that you must be a wimp. So I’m going to make you sit in that room until you fix your attitude, young man! No player on MY team is going to go get a concussion! Just you think about it!” Injuries happen. To the guy above that said “In PRACTICE?” Yeah, in practice. Lots of injuries happen in practice. Just because it is practice doesn’t mean that they aren’t going full speed.
    And as for the kid “running to daddy”… that’s also crap. As is berating the James family for “getting a black eye” from all this. Remember, the school suspended Leach before the James family ever came forward. The SCHOOL knew that he’d done something wrong. That much is obvious.
    Will Leach get another job at another school? Absolutely. But that school had better go into a deal with the devil with full knowledge of what they are getting into. They are signing a contract with a time bomb. Leach has always been such an arrogant jerk that it is only a matter of time before he goes off again. Count on it.

  31. DivingDancer says: Dec 29, 2009 9:24 PM

    Hey TDocAlum: Remind me never to schedule an appointment with you. Since when would it be appropriate for a football coach to 1) diagnose a neurological injury, and 2) prescribe a course of treatment? Looks like you wasted a lot of time and money in medical school. Just go coach a football team.
    And let us not forget the fact that the second episode of “secluding” the player took place 3 days after the first. Did they seriously not seek a professional medical opinion if symptoms had continued for 3 days? If that’s true, Leach should be fired on that basis alone.

  32. football fan says: Dec 29, 2009 10:01 PM

    Thank you, Diving Dancer…glad to see somebody has some common sense….you are so right on. Leach’s arrogance is unbelievable. All of this could have been avoided with a simple “I’m sorry”, but the all wise Leach….no apologies, and now, he and his lawyer are trying to make him out to be the victim here. I get more disgusted by the moment.

  33. Dallas1012 says: Dec 29, 2009 10:16 PM

    Well put John I agree 100%. I hope I don’t get fired from being a Dad because I sent my son to his room…

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

    Surely Texas Tech knows that when it fires Mike Leach, they’ll return back to the Big 12 South basement where they came from? What on earth are they thinking?

  35. sscoach says: Dec 29, 2009 10:29 PM

    divingdancer —
    first, i believe leach made a poor decision and will be let go.
    but, a few things … you wrote
    “Please don’t tell me “this is football, and only a wimp would complain about being locked in a utility closet”. The real implication is the following: “You went and got yourself a concussion, which means that you must be a wimp. So I’m going to make you sit in that room until you fix your attitude, young man! No player on MY team is going to go get a concussion! Just you think about it!”
    please dont tell me this is how you think things went down — seems like an emotion driven assumption. if you look at it sensibly, it is very likely that there were other variables contributing to the actions of leach — he’s a smart guy, not a redneck.
    “Remember, the school suspended Leach before the James family ever came forward.”
    this is not he case. the school knew that the complaint came from the James family initially — the press was not authorized to release it until later.
    suggest that you sit back and take a deep breath before you make such a fanatical post next time … kinda makes you look like an ass :)

  36. mogogo says: Dec 29, 2009 10:58 PM

    I didn’t believe there was a health care crisis until reading TDocAlum’s ramblings…now I’ll vote for anything that will keep him away from patients. Leach’s eccentricity gives him a free pass for this sort of behavior? I guess the kid’s just lucky that ol’ Dr. Leach didn’t think that hitting him the noggin with a hammer would cure him.
    Even under the best of circumstances players are already under extreme pressure to suck it up and play through injuries. But punishing guys for being injured is a recipe for disaster. If these allegations are true, Tech likely has little choice from a liability perspective than to fire him. Otherwise, they’d be sitting ducks the instant a kid claimed Leach had coerced him into playing through the pain. Guys wouldn’t have to worry about making the pros; they’d be able to retire on Tech’s dime.

  37. getagrip says: Dec 29, 2009 11:00 PM

    Thank you DivingDancer for your voice of reason.
    Remind us also to not schedule our sons for a football recruiting trip to TT as long as this living example of how not to coach remains the face of that football program.

  38. JCD says: Dec 29, 2009 11:09 PM

    Good lord people, the kid is fine. He wasn’t abused, he was put in a dark room, which is the best thing for someone suffering symptoms of a concussion! And he isn’t really a “kid” he’s a sophomore, there are people younger than him fighting in Iraq. Read up on Texas Tech, if you are medically unable to practice you must still report to the field. I’m sure if the doctor who diagnosed him felt he needed bedrest that’s what he would have prescribed, but it was a mild concussion. If Leach would have forced him to practice then I could see where people would have cause to be in an uproar, but he didn’t. Get over yourselves and grow up already.

  39. stnmmc says: Dec 29, 2009 11:19 PM

    Hey diving dancer, a few corrections for you. The James family called the University about the situation, they are the ones who started the ball rolling on the suspension. They did not go public until after the suspension.
    Actually that is the only correction, but lest not be so quick to judge. There are two sides to every story, and surprise the side with an ESPN connection is the side we have heard thus far.
    I am reserving judgement, but what the kid did was very much a pansy move. If that type of behavior had happened to me and I was that upset about it, I would have handled it myself, rather than running to my parents.
    Make no mistake, Adam James is an extremely coddled, over-privileged pansy.

  40. Ol' Red says: Dec 29, 2009 11:40 PM

    Some of you ballerinas and prima donnas around here need to grow up and/or go find another sport to follow… You aren’t even good “arm-chair quarterbacks” – and you certainly are quick to shoot your mouth without much thought or all the facts…
    First of all, Adam “Zoolander” James did NOT get placed in some tiny, dark “broom closet”… It was a “utility room” (for lack of better words) at the practice field that several players on the team have admitted often going to in order to get out of the heat during certain times of the year – and an area where even press conferences and interviews are sometimes conducted. So I hate to ruin your visions of poor little Adam being placed in shackles and chains in the dreary, damp torture dungeon of some medieval castle… He wasn’t… Not even close… You can thank certain “frenzy-feeding” media folks for misleading many folks on that one…
    Secondly, Adam was NOT sent to this room because of his claim of a concussion!!… NOT even close… He was sent there because of his his poor performance on the field and because of his insolent, “smart-ass” attitude toward the coaches … Nothing more, nothing less… Think of it as “time out” for a big ol’ silver spoon in his mouth whiny baby… An attempt to get James to think about his actions/attitude – and perhaps “grow up” just a little bit as well…
    James was not a starter on the team, and his prospects of starting next year were not looking good, either… And that wasn’t sitting well for Adam or Daddy Craig, who had visions of the NFL in their heads… And when Coach Leach recently refused their request to release Adam in order for him to transfer to Dad’s dear ol’ alma mater (SMU), well the ol’ attitude began to get just a little too thick… And hence the “time out”…
    Mommy and Daddy James obviously didn’t care for Leach’s effort to teach their son to “buck up & grow up”, and then demanded an apology or else!!… The epitome of a “helicopter parent” if there ever was one… Coach Leach choose “else” – and I for one am proud that he basically told Adam’s parents to “stick it”…
    Leach may indeed lose his job (behind the scenes, there is also a bitter feud between him and a weasel named Gerald Myers who is the AD at Tech… And Myers is eyeball deep into getting rid of Leach… But that is a story for another time)… But in my book Leach didn’t do a damn thing wrong… At worst he may have embarrassed/chided “The Golden Child” – but he certainly didn’t inflict any physical or mental harm to this kid…
    Those of you naive enough to think that Mike Leach truly attempted to inflict some sort of physical or mental harm/trauma on Adam James need to dig into this story just a little bit deeper… Instead of finding some monstrous coach, I think you will discover the REAL story here – one of a young man born into wealth and privilege who is willing (along with his parents) to attempt to smear the reputation of a very brilliant (albeit a little “eccentric” at times) football coach – and all because they feel they should get it their way…
    But I guess that is the way America is becoming these days, isn’t it… “It’s All About Me…”

  41. Oscar80 says: Dec 30, 2009 12:25 AM

    Is it possible that all of the coaching staff for Texas Tech have their heads completely up their butts? With all the news about concussions across the NFL and college football, how could they possibly believe punishing a player for a concussion would go unnoticed. As someone who had a very serious football concussion injury 30 years ago, there is too much evidence of the long term negative effects. I think DivingDancer is asking the correct questions. Where was anyone from the medical profession in this loop? It is a message for all that these coaches have lost the big picture in their efforts to win at all costs. I can’t see Paterno or Urban Meyer behaving this way (oh yeah, Tebow did have a concussion, and Meyer kept him out). This coach has lost his way and should be dealt with appropriately. Maybe they should lock him in an electrical closet for 4 hours and let him be calm and think about it!

  42. Tungusgrump says: Dec 30, 2009 2:14 AM

    Maybe everyone should wait for all the details to come out before having a coronary. Not like he bitch-slapped the kid, or poked him in the chest or something right?
    If he’s fired, and this turns out to be petty crap….it’s time for Miami to show Randy Shannon the door and bring in Leach who is ready to move onto a bigger program. Hear that Donna Shalala, you hideous bag?!!!

  43. holy1 says: Dec 30, 2009 10:27 AM

    I’d say it’s not black and white. It doesn’t always have to be just one side at fault. James (jr) is a panzy for having daddy involved. James (sr) is a wuss for getting involved. And Leach is a bit nuts to have used such an odd punishment in a time in which concussions are being taken so seriously and have received so much publicity.

  44. holy1 says: Dec 30, 2009 10:33 AM

    And by the way, from what I understand, James Jr feels he is entitled and is a brat. I don’t debate that Leach should have dealt with him–just kick him off the effing team.

  45. GA Tide says: Dec 30, 2009 12:34 PM

    As Forrest Gump would say ” Little James could not play for Coach Bryant” and that’s all I got to say about that.

  46. texastj says: Dec 30, 2009 1:01 PM

    Qualifier – Texas Tech Alumni. I love my school, love watching Red Raider football and the quirky stuff Mike Leach does. However, no matter how many games we win, how popular you are, or how unpopular a player is, there are still limits with how you can discipline. What if he was water-boarded as part of the discipline process. Would we be saying, “Oh well, he was really a trouble maker anyway, so he got what he deserved?” No, of course not, there has to be a line that common sense says, do not cross. You don’t put someone in solitary confinement because you don’t like them. Bench them, take away their scholarship, kick them off the team if you must, those things are within your authority. Don’t however stick a kid in a dark room with no ability to sit or stand, post a guard then say “what’s wrong with that?”
    What’s the lesson otherwise? If a player has a helicopter parent and is unpopular, it’s ok to treat him however you want? What if this was a history professor who had a student he didn’t like so he stuck him in a closet near class. Would we even be debating it? The only thing that we should be focusing on is the punishment and whether that is an acceptable form of punishment. I don’t think it is. Again, as much as I love winning games and filling the stands, as a University we have to be principled, make the tough decision and let our coach know that there are indeed consequences for your actions.
    To respond to DocAlum who said “It is Med School 101 that people suffering from a concussion need quiet and dark places. They also should not be allowed to fall asleep.” No, this in fact wrong. A concussion is not a one time event that lasts a few hours then goes away. There are guidelines regarding concussions that deal with grading the concussion, return to play, second impact syndrome etc.. No where in these guidelines does it say “Do not allow a player to sleep.” (or to be more specific, a day after the concussion, in the middle of the afternoon, stick the player in a shed to make sure he doesn’t accidentally fall asleep.) MedSchool 101 is biochem, pharmacology, histology, etc.. not concussion class. You’re speaking from your heart in your post DocAlum, but not from your head. Do some studying on the subject, take a second look at your post and hopefully you’ll figure out before you finish Residency. ~ from a Staff Physician.

  47. BillR says: Dec 30, 2009 1:18 PM

    He’s FIRED!
    Kudo to Texas Tech for getting rid of this bully.

  48. Deb says: Dec 30, 2009 1:47 PM

    @GA Tide …
    Perfect post.

  49. redrdr19 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:18 PM

    It sounds like there are a lot of folks happy to see Leach go because their team got throttled by Tech once or twice. The truth of the matter is the “closet” that James was put in was the same room the media uses for post game interviews. Not much of an issue there. The word from the TTU players is that James was lazy, arrogant and felt entitled simply because his dad was paid to play football for SMU….the same team that got that school the NCAA Death Penalty. The word aroud TTU is that the AD had it out for Leach and is using this as an excuse to get rid of him. I had tickets to go see the Alamo Bowl on Saturday an now am not going to go. I hope many other TTU alumni will join me in boycotting the game.
    Leach has been given no due process…just an acussation from a lazy, disgruntled player an his dad. What happens if every player that doesn’t get enough playing time to make his parents happy starts complaining about being treated poorly.
    Maybe had James put forth a little effort on the practice field and tried to earn his position instead of feeling entitled to it this wouldn’t have happened. And for the record, the receiver’s coach at Tech had expressed concerns about the disruptive influence James was having on the rest of the receivers due to his poor work effort, arrogance and feeling of entitlement. I guess Leach was hoping to encourage him to leave and it backfired…….Leach is out of a job but James is probably out of a career. What other coach is going to want to risk the wrath of the James family if he doesn’t get his minutes each week?

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