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.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”

Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”