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Video shows Leach being a big meanie

In a shocking video that is certain to rock the very foundation of civilization, former head coach Mike Leach is shown yelling and swearing at wide receiver Adam James, the son of ESPN analyst Craig James and the central figure in Leach’s ouster.

Yes, that’s right, a college football coach is hollering and cussing at a player.  The shock is overwhelming.  (Insert yawn and/or eye roll here.)

The video, purportedly taken during spring practice last year, was posted on YouTube this past Friday.  It’s unclear who posted the video.

Let me repeat what was subtitled, from a coach that brought to you such hits as “fat lil’ girlfriends” and “f-cking p-ssy ass“: “I can’t even stand to watch you f-cking stumble around, giving a sh-tty f-cking effort like you’ve f-cking accomplished something.”

Boy, that’s just so mean.  What a meanie that Coach Leach is/was.  It’s just appalling that a person could be subjected to such words by such a mean, mean man.  Such meanness.

I mean, that’s just mean.


What a caricature of itself this whole situation has become.  It’s nice, though, to see the p-ssification of this country moving along quite seamlessly and unabated.

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33 Responses to “Video shows Leach being a big meanie”
  1. wrath4771 says: Jan 3, 2010 9:54 AM

    Hey, words hurt! – Maybe someone should have told James Division I football isn’t like Little League baseball where everyone gets to play.

  2. YP2K says: Jan 3, 2010 10:07 AM

    Leach is a prick irregardless of this video . . .

  3. SecondBestDad says: Jan 3, 2010 10:18 AM

    Leach will be fine – he’ll win his lawsuit since Tech had no basis for firing him, and he’ll be hired somewhere else for big bucks.
    Tech screwed the pooch on this one, big time: the rush to a suspension without an adequate investigation, then a termination without cause…

  4. larryitis says: Jan 3, 2010 10:30 AM

    if this becomes the precedent that is set in america, pretty much every chef I ever worked for would be fired.
    me personally, I love ‘old school’ coaches.

  5. Shot Of Ginn says: Jan 3, 2010 10:36 AM

    Little James sounds like a s****head.

  6. jeremyb91 says: Jan 3, 2010 10:52 AM

    There’s an obvious history between James and Leach so much so that this has been going on for over a year.
    Adam James was a 3 star recruit at TE, not WR. He wasn’t some 5 star recruit who is great and stuck behind someone better, he’s a former TE trying to play WR and he naturally expects the team to give him more playing time because of family legacy, not because of his play. He’s not the first athlete to come along who expects everything to be handed to him and when it’s not he gets pissy and loafs/moans all the time.
    His dad the Great Craig James in the Dallas area still holds reverence in that crazy state called Texas. I’d love to see some article on how much pull Craig James actually has in the Dallas/Fort Worth area because of his SMU days and how much he has tried to influence his son’s career since he was a high school player.
    Unfortunately I believe this is more about his father Craig than it’s about Adam (although Adam is clearly at fault). I believe Craig has fed Adam so much BS over the years that Adam believes he’s entitled to everything because he’s a “James” and therefore he should be starting, not sitting on the bench. Craig thinks he can call the coaching staff and give his “insight” into how Adam should be used.
    I feel for Leach in this case because he’s had this “silver spoon player” for the last 3 years who has had to deal with Craig. Ultimately it got the best of him and essentially Craig and Adam won.

  7. brasho says: Jan 3, 2010 11:13 AM

    Careful about what you say concerning the “p*ssification of the country”, Mr. Taylor. See that little peacock in the top left hand side of the screen? Those are the folks that are the puppets for the folks leading the charge into the poliitcally correct, never offend anyone, everybody’s a winner era. I’m not sure if we should even be using the word “p*ssification” as it might offend the feminists (I didn’t really use it, I just quoted you, forgive me, Hillary!).

  8. paullar says: Jan 3, 2010 11:39 AM

    What’s becoming fairly clear is that Leach is an asshole, but not of incredible proportions, just above average in an unchecked aggression type of way. James, on the other hand, has a persona that is coming into focus quite clearly, that of an incredible pussy.
    I’m guessing this wasn’t the first method Leach used in attempts to motivate Adam James, and I’m guessing none of them have been particularly successful.

  9. Pacifican says: Jan 3, 2010 12:10 PM

    Is Leach a jerk? Is A. James a wussy? Is C. James over-protective?
    None of it matters.
    There are two issues here – the first is a medical one, the second is a legal one.
    First – James had a concussion and was under medical restriction for it. Included in the symptoms was dizziness. Placing someone suffering from this in a dark room, and requiring they stand is EXTREMELY ill-advised from a medical standpoint…and I am a medical professional.
    It will be astounding if Leach’s lawyers are able to find an expert in traumatic brain injury to say that the dark-room-standing treatment is anything but dangerous for a person with a concussion. (The selective quoting of the depositions of the team doctor and trainer by Leach’s lawyer to make it seem as if they were in support of Leach was also ill-advised and weakens their position).
    If James had lost his balance and fallen, striking his head and causing further damage, (and a concussion is a form of brain damage), bleeding in the brain, or death, Leach would be facing far worse right now than unemployment.
    Second: the legal department of TT is obviously aware of the liability involved here – or else they would not have asked Leach to sign the document they drafted regarding the medical treatment of players, and the coach’s place within that.
    A document Leach chose NOT to sign.
    Leach is not directly being fired for his treatment of James – but for insubordination to his bosses in not signing this addition to his contract. He thumbed his nose at his bosses.
    Everyone, even brilliant football coaches, has to toe the line sometimes.
    More and more of this is coming out – from players and others inside the TT team, and James is looking better while Leach is sliding deeper.
    I am glad TT won last night – and I hope Ruffin McNeil is tagged as the new coach. He is a class act – an adept coach, and has the support of the players. It would be a HUGE step forwards.

  10. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Jan 3, 2010 12:21 PM

    I do have to wonder why Leach didn’t just kick this scrub’s overfed entitled ass off the squad on the first day of 2009 practice. That or hand him some dirty towels and show him where the laundry powder is kept. It is glaringly obvious that helicopter dad or no helicopter dad, Adam James is locker room poison and radioactive.

  11. Hong Kong Phooey says: Jan 3, 2010 12:32 PM

    If the kid is such a primadonna (and I believe he is), why did he get ANY playing time. Put the kid on the scout team until he transfers.

  12. mrf47 says: Jan 3, 2010 12:42 PM

    Great football coaches can humiliate you without cursing. Examples:
    “You could mess up a wet dream.”
    Now that was coaching!

  13. Pier588 says: Jan 3, 2010 1:14 PM

    Past and present Drill Sergeants all over America are appalled.
    I was expecting to see Leech get all over the kid – when are they going to show the part in the video where Leech really dogs out “Little Ole Lazya$$ed James”?
    From the perspective of anybody that’s ever been on the giving or receiving end of a D.I.’s everyday colorful outbursts – Leech’s little outburst sounds pretty tame.

  14. stnmmc says: Jan 3, 2010 1:21 PM

    Pacifican says: January 3, 2010 12:10 PM ET
    Okay Mr Doctor Man, explain to me why every journal article I have read has claimed that photo and or phono sensitivity/phobia is a major component of the migrainous aspect of concussion symptoms.
    With super sensitivity to light and noise it only makes sense to place the subject in a quiet dark place. I would argue that it would be very easy to find medical professionals who would support the treatment, up until the standing part. I cannot imagine that having no option to sit and rest is a good thing, especially considering the possible effects of exertion, be it mental or physical, on the deterioration of recovery.
    And my last point, those people who do medical billing from home for $500 per week as advertised on the internet, well, they are medical professionals, just like you.
    For accurate up to date discourse on concussion treatment check out Collins and Reddy’s article in Current Sports Medicine Reports, an academic journal. It also has a great resource list at the end to help you find any additional information. It is better to educate yourself than to rely on internet “medical professionals”.

  15. Pacifican says: Jan 3, 2010 1:51 PM

    stnmmc – we are in total agreement regarding darkened rooms and concussions – I do not see how you could feel otherwise. – I do not understand your animosity – nowhere did I say a darkened room is a dangerous place for a person with a brain trauma. I said that STANDING in a room (“dark-room-standing”), with little light is dangerous due to the loss of equilibrium that can occur in a brain injury. Without visual cues one can lose balance and fall, which can result in secondary injuries, which can be much more severe than the initial injury.
    As far as my profession and education, not that it matters but you seem to wish to know this – – I am a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – class of 1985. I have worked in orthopedics for over 25 years, including six years at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, and am currently an Assistant Professor of Anatomy. I only offered that I am a medical professional as a way of saying that I was not just pulling this information out of my head – or any other part.
    Like you, I keep up on the current publications. I am glad you stay well-informed.
    And I am not a Mr. Doctor Man, as I am a woman, who happens to really enjoy football, and made the mistake of thinking I had something of interest – given without animosity to anyone, to add to this discussion. Obviously, I was wrong.
    Have a nice day.

  16. jbxc says: Jan 3, 2010 2:18 PM

    Mike Leach could have told the trainer to make him stand in a dark shed, then send a semi truck loaded with TNT into the shed, it makes no difference…
    The certified trainer at practice is the one who is ultimately responsible for the care of this athlete that is known to be injured. So if he, TT, Adam, Craig, or anyone else has an issue with how Adam was treated, then they need to be looking to Pinstock/Phy for answers, NOT Leach.

  17. john-nicholas says: Jan 3, 2010 2:20 PM

    pacifican thank you for your clarifying comments.
    very rare in this debate!

  18. Dallas1012 says: Jan 3, 2010 2:35 PM

    UMMMM Coach Leech I am telling your Mommy on you… I said once before and I will say it again I would let my kids play for Coach Leech and if my kids came home and said Dad, Coach cursed at me today I would say did you give it your all or did you give it a half assed effort, from what I have heard about James half assed is an everyday effort on his part. If you can’t hack it Quit or bust your ass you are getting a free top nothch education. Hell my coach said worse to me than that and I was in high school…

  19. football fan says: Jan 3, 2010 3:15 PM

    Thanks Pacifican for speaking out. It seems to me that most people have lost sight of what this is about. It does not matter 1 bit if James was a slackard or pussy or any other negative thing you can think of. The issue is that we have a coach who let his animosity towards this player(even if it was deserved animosity) influence how he treated a concussion of that said player. He dealt with it angrily and punitively. That simply can not be tolerated by any coach!

  20. Mitch Cumstein says: Jan 3, 2010 5:35 PM

    Pacifican, very well put.
    Mr. Taylor, “Pussification” of this country? Nice. Way to be a professional. Your comment shows that you are nothing more than a normal, uneducated comment poster.
    You need a different profession.

  21. Mitch Cumstein says: Jan 3, 2010 5:37 PM

    Pacifican, very well put.
    Mr. Taylor, “Pussification” of this country? Nice. Way to be a professional. Your comment shows that you are nothing more than a normal, uneducated comment poster.
    You need a different profession.

  22. Drew Breeeees says: Jan 3, 2010 5:38 PM

    YP2K says:
    January 3, 2010 10:07 AM ET
    Leach is a prick irregardless of this video . . .
    The word is REGARDLESS. The word you used doesn’t exist.
    And Pacifican…..You go girl!

  23. frank booth says: Jan 3, 2010 6:59 PM

    Drew Breeeees
    Irregardless definitely exists although it is not generally accepted. It is a non-standard word.
    There are a lot of people here that are going to make grammatical and english usage errors. I would suggest that you focus on other issues besides English, especially when you just make yourself look like a fool trying to correct them.

  24. MitchAlbom'sEars says: Jan 3, 2010 8:00 PM

    For the “doctors”.
    Diagnosed as a “mild” concussion so is standing up a problem ?
    Also the symptoms were claimed by James not actually seen by the trainer but on 17th the day after.
    So the gave him the diagnose and James breaks team rules by showing up not in gear but with shades on and an attitude according to the trainer affidavit.
    Leach was pissed and sent him away “lock him up” in a dark place near the practice field because like others who have been diagnosed with a concussion James showed out of gear according to Leach’s rules.
    Leach was not going to practice the kid just put him with the injured players who have to show up and be part of the team.
    Face it the kid and daddy pushed this coach.
    If a kid tried this with coach Knight how would have TTech reacted ?
    Settle for half (400K + 1/2 the fired yr clause) and sign Ruffin.
    The longer this drags out the worst for TTech.
    Think a coach doesn’t matter to a school who is not top tier ?
    Check out Hawaii since Jones left.
    I would love to have Leach on CBS calling games this fall.

  25. johnster says: Jan 3, 2010 8:30 PM

    my coaches were worse than that after I made a game winning TD… this is petty… aww…my poor precious snowflake got his feelings hurt by that big bad mean coach… I will get him fired…for I am “helicopterdad”…

  26. MitchAlbom'sEars says: Jan 3, 2010 10:08 PM

    Whoops knowing the grammar police are on this thread:
    “Leach was pissed and sent him away “lock him up” in a dark place near the practice field because like others who have been diagnosed with a concussion James showed out of gear according to Leach’s rules.”
    I meant UNLIKE others who have been diagnosed with a concussion James showed out of gear according to Leach’s rules.

  27. kupski says: Jan 4, 2010 7:32 AM

    James and his dad are the two most profilic P@#@y’s that I have ever seen to use the T.V. to their advantadge. Its just sickening how I had to listen (for a short time only until I turned the volume off) the ESPN announces rehashing and throwing their two cents in about James and Bashing the Coach.
    James to me is and always be a shameless coward who uses and abuses his status via ESPN to promote his “dud” of a son into the NFL at ANY cost.
    Your a sick man Craig James. An arrogant repugnant pr#$k who uses christianity as your defense as you tear people apart for your agenda… you selfish Pr@#k !

  28. Thor says: Jan 4, 2010 8:19 AM

    Leach is the wind beneath my wings…..
    Didn’t Rodriguez do the same thing to the little girls at Michigan and make them all quit too?
    Isn’t one of the problems at WVU the fact that Bill Stewart is “nice” and therefore his teams have no discipline and fumble 18 times in the 4th Quarter at Auburn and give up in the 2nd half in the Gator Bowl?

  29. Seeryer says: Jan 4, 2010 10:25 AM

    Way to hustle off the field James. What an entitled little spoiled prick he is.

  30. 1nationraidernation says: Jan 4, 2010 1:19 PM

    coma and coach a real team

  31. keeneda1 says: Jan 7, 2010 8:23 AM

    He was said to be standing when he was sent to the box ( I mean closet, shed, one car garage, ect…), so I guess standing does not seem to hurt him. Then he was able to pick the lock and open the door to turn on the light and use his cell phone that he brought with him to football practice and video his cage, closet, shed, you get the picture. I am glad that Leach does not run a prison or we would all be in trouble. So much about so little. He could have went to the dorm.

  32. 4cornersfan says: Jan 13, 2010 5:04 PM

    regarding pacifican: I defer to his medical opinion if he is what he says he (or she) is, but keededa1 makes a good point. James appeared to use the time prowling around his “prison” taking pictures and having a high old time rather than suffering from a concussion or reflecting upon his conduct.
    As for the TTech demand to sign some kind of additional agreement, Leach is also a lawyer and knew he was not under any obligation to sign anything to keep his job. He has a contract to coach the team and the terms are in the written contract. To have TT come in with some phony addendum and fire him for not signing it is a breach of contract in itself.
    Further, it is doubtful that an additional agreement would even be enforceable without some additional consideration paid by the University.
    As a lawyer, I can tell you that I would not advise a client to sign anything that imposed additional conditions on my job outside of the employment contract, especially considering the poor relations between the coach and the administration. It is obvious to me that they were setting him up to be fired, if not the James incident then for something trumped up later.
    FYI, I am not a TT fan, I root for OU.

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