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Infamous 'shed', 'closet' in Leach case revealed

A lot has been made of the rooms Adam James was “confined” to while suffering from a mild concussion and and the subsequent accusations that led to the suspension of Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.

They have been described as a shed, a garage and/or an electrical/broom closet depending on which report you happen to be reading.

Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, has been on a media blitz in the last 24 hours, and put on a full-court press Tuesday evening by taking a Lubbock television crew on a tour of the two locations in question.  Here’s the clip by way of Michael David Smith of AOL Fanhouse:

A couple of things come to mind while watching and listening to the piece.

One, James was obviously not placed in some dank dungeon where he witnessed unspeakable horrors.  As best I could tell, there were no mutant Mole People anywhere in the area, ready to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting football player.

Two, three members of the training staff were either with James or in the near vicinity when the receiver was in these areas, at least according to Liggett.  Based on this version, James wasn’t simply locked up and left for hours on end as he suffered from a head injury.  But, again, this is coming from the Leach camp.

And, three, the somewhat startling revelation by Liggett that Leach was never afforded the opportunity to apologize — not that he would’ve anyway.  It had been reported previously that all Leach had to do was write an apology to James and his family in order to avoid the suspension.

All in all, and the more information that flows out regarding this whole imbroglio, it’s — right or wrong — casting the James family in a very harsh light.

And, somehow, it’s turning the purported bully into some kind of victim.

So kudos, Tech and athletic director Gerald Myers.  If that was your mission, you’ve accomplished it.  In spades.

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20 Responses to “Infamous 'shed', 'closet' in Leach case revealed”
  1. rottz says: Dec 30, 2009 11:54 AM

    I bet this wouldnt of happened if Bob Knight was coaching the football team. (Athletic Director Gerald Myers is a idiot- where do they get this people??)

  2. JCD says: Dec 30, 2009 11:58 AM

    Awesome, love how Leach’s team is on the offensive!!!

  3. gator_prof says: Dec 30, 2009 12:25 PM

    The sound you just heard was the exploding bridge… Leach’s team has responded in a nuclear manner, which was their only recourse. Congrats Mr. Myers, you just wrecked your football program and started the process of your dismissal. Leach will leave with most of his contract $$ in his back pocket.
    The irony of Myers hiring Bobby Knight, while suspending Leach is amazing.

  4. Deb says: Dec 30, 2009 12:48 PM

    So he was in these large rooms by himself? What’s all this stuff about him being forced to stand? He’s too good to sit on the floor? He had enough room to lie on the floor and make phantom snow angels!

  5. Anrkist says: Dec 30, 2009 1:03 PM

    In all fairness to rich and overprivileged kids… to them, rooms like that are right out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  6. Desertman says: Dec 30, 2009 1:59 PM

    that newscaster is hot.
    she needs a photo shot for playboy.
    If she was my local newscaster I would be jerkin it to the newscast.

  7. John Taylor says: Dec 30, 2009 2:02 PM

    @Desertman: Uhhh, thank you for sharing?

  8. keithman says: Dec 30, 2009 2:20 PM

    I’d like to hear feedback on this:
    I’m a Leach fan. Still am. Coaches should be given leeway in how they motivate players, as long as their player’s safety isn’t compromised. Putting this kid in a room doesn’t compromise his health. However, sending a message to the kid, and the rest of the team, that you better practice with a concussion is, at this point in time, reprehensible. I hope for Leach’s sake, that he knew this report to be untrue.
    With that said, I think Craig James needs to understand that as a public figure, he needs to distance himself, at least publicly, from this situation. My father would have advised me how to handle the predicament, however, at 20 years old he wouldn’t handle it for me. I can appreciate Craig’s devotion to his son. I think in this instance, especially seeing how public this has become, Craig is going to see that all parties would be better off had he allowed his son to handle his own problems.

  9. Sean Martin says: Dec 30, 2009 2:36 PM

    keithman,
    My feedback is that you hit it on the head. Perfect response.

  10. Seeryer says: Dec 30, 2009 2:46 PM

    Craig James is a douche and I am sure his son learned well from his father. I am sorry but the kid was the 10th leading receiver on the team. I doubt Leach lost too much energy when told of James mild concussion. The kid is a non factor on a passing team. Sorry, but I doubt Leach gave a darn whether James practiced or not, hell, he barely played. Craig James is a pampered B-list celebrity that did not get along with a coach that is not a bullshitter. James wanted to hang with Leach and Leach told him to stick it. That didn’t sit well with diddy.

  11. CowboysHOF says: Dec 30, 2009 4:57 PM

    Typical lawyer speak. Shed, garage, electrical room, media room, what’s the difference. They were tiny rooms, not medical treatment rooms. What? Texas Tech doesn’t have a training room for injured players? Give me a break. And the doctor said that having the kid stay in these rooms was appropriate and actually helped him? What kind of doctor does the football team use, a vet? Leach deserves what he got for not treating his players with the respect they deserve. This is but one more example of his pig-headedness. The Raiders will be better off without his attitude.

  12. JiminSD says: Dec 30, 2009 5:03 PM

    Someone shoud lock Craig James in a closet but not over this just be casue he is an annoying PITA. I have a hard time believing the James’ story, if this were John Q Public’s kid I’d venture to say nothign would have come of it.

  13. Mean D says: Dec 30, 2009 5:28 PM

    God forbid that a 20 year old be able to handle his own issue. Nope. Gotta run and tattle to daddy. You just wrecked your football team, whineboy.

  14. HBOilers24 says: Dec 30, 2009 5:41 PM

    @CowboysHOF:
    i also thought of that when it was shown. why wasn’t he in some kind of training room?
    the only thing i can think of, not being aware of Tech’s training facilities, is if they had some kind of private room within the training area where they could lower the lights.
    the actual training area needs to be well lit and if there are guys going in and out of the area getting taped, looking at bumps and bruises then it wouldnt have been a good place for someone who clearly seemed to be having a problem with light and noise.
    it would be interesting to see what other alternatives would have been there for the kid.

  15. Gailikk says: Dec 30, 2009 5:47 PM

    Must insert some sound reasoning in this. Many people keep calling coach Leach a punk and that he did this often. Now if you are in any way well educated fans, than you know that you don’t make acquisitions without proof. So far I have not heard any former players come forward to trash Leach and his coaching. This is the opposite of Mangino over at Kanses. No one came forward in droves, but word spread quickly that Mangino was a ass.
    Now for Leach, I am hearing from former players that he motivated them and encouraged them. This is the first instance of a big mistake. Since I don’t have all the evidence I won’t support Leach, but I wont determine his guilt until the facts are in. I suggest you guys do the same. Wait until you find out his support and his past mistakes before you lynch the guy.

  16. Deb says: Dec 30, 2009 6:09 PM

    @CowboysHOF …
    The video shows large, empty rooms where the kid could spend time quietly, in subdued light, while the team practiced. If he’d needed hospitalization, I’m sure the doctor would have hospitalized him. The training facilities would have been in use during practice, so that wouldn’t be dark or quiet.
    Maybe the kid just wanted an excuse to lie around his dorm or apartment, and the coach figured if he was going to skip practice, he should have to stay nearby–like any other member of the team.

  17. drew says: Dec 30, 2009 6:21 PM

    This is a sad day when a coach’s character and career can be destroyed before he can even have a chance to defend himself. Put the whole James family in a padded cell.

  18. CowboysHOF says: Dec 30, 2009 8:34 PM

    Gailikk,
    So embarassing a student/athlete by making him sit in a chair on the 50 yard line after practice to study because he was behind in a class is OK? I guess insulting the players’ girl friends by calling them all fat is appropriate in the Leach household as well? The Institution should hold its employees to a high standard when it comes to conduct, and I guess Leach didn’t pass that test. I’ll go back to my observation about the holding areas where the player was placed. I can’t imagine putting him in the “garage” we saw in the video smelling gas and oil fumes from the equipment and Gator stored there is good for anyone, much less someone suffering from the effects of a concussion. And before you bash the kid’s parents for complaining, think back when you were 20 years old. Would you have stood up to a middle age head coach – especially one that already acts like he’s a few bricks short of a load – to complain or say you aren’t happy with the treatment you’re receiving? The only mistake his dad made was not taking the first flight to Lubbock, walking into the coach’s office and shutting the door, and either dog cussing Leach for his stupidity or smacking him upside the head and demanding an outright release for his son so he could play next year at another school.

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