This is just insane. It looks like Craig James is now responsible for killing 2 college football programs. First SMU and now Texas Tech.
Reports out of Lubbock say tons of fans wearing pirate regalia showed up to the court hearing that would have sought an injunction to allow Leach to coach at the Alamo Bowl. I'll keep looking for some pics of that. But before the hearing could begin Coach Leach's attorney was handed a letter saying Leach was fired "with cause" effective immediately.
I got to listen to quite a bit of sports talk radio today. Normally, I hate sports talk. Today it was actually interesting and informative. I learned about the $880,000 bonus Texas Tech would have been forced to pay Leach if he worked 1 more day. I learned about the "horrendous" conditions wide receiver Adam James was forced to endure. Turns out "the shed" is the area where the offensive linemen hang out during practice and "the closet" is the room used for post game press conferences by visiting teams. I learned about the workout ethics of Adam James from current and former teammates.
There was call after call in support of Leach and his methods. There was also call after call denouncing James and his father, former SMU running back and current ESPN analyist Craig James. You remember Craig, he was 1/2 of The SMU Pony Express (along with Eric Dickerson) and a key player in the recruiting violations that were responsible for SMU suffering "The Death Penalty".
Why wasn't he concerned about rules and ethics back then?
It didn't take long to figure out Adam James was embellishing his story when he ran crying to Daddy. He left out parts like violating team rules by wearing sunglasses on the field, talking on his cell phone, singing and dancing during team meetings instead of paying attention and being repeatedly warned by coaches for disrupting team meetings. Daddy decided to flex his ESPN clout to get a story brewing. Athletic Director Gerald Myers saw a way to get a thorn out of his paw and save several million dollars in the process. Myers also saw he was going to lose the court of public opinion.
Football is not a candyass sport. Candyasses have no place on a football team. (Well, maybe placekicker...)
It was a good radio day.