Mike Leach suspended indefinately for player treatment.
Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
Mike Leach suspended indefinately for player treatment.
Maybe Sparty actually has a prayer....
they have a prayer of is the announcers now discussing something other than their off the field issues.
Craig James is scheduled to announce the Alamo Bowl. I'm assuming that changes now
According to someone on ESPN:
"I'm hearing the player was Adam James, son of Craig James.... Adam had a concussion and Craig wasn't happy with how Leach/Tech handled the situation."
EDIT: Someone the the ESPN message boards this is, not someone actually from ESPN. Which in turn, is still probably more credible than someone reporting from ESPN.
Maybe Sparty actually stands a chance now.
I'm not really big on this trend of going after the coaches for "player treatment". Obviously Kansas warranted canning the coach, and I'm on the fence over South Florida (Seeing as how the story keeps changing little by little), but unless this is something Kansas-level, there seems to be a trend going now of making coaching as regulated and upright as high school teaching.
are smiling in Lubbock.
I am in Lubbock right now. I can confirm this. They are.
So you're saying there's a chance...
I wonder if he made the kid walk the plank.
on his team and brought them all into a cave with his gold and blew the openings shut, so no one could ever take his beloved booty. ARGH!
(No, seriously guys, I'm stuck in this electrical closet over here... can someone let me out?)
So, basically, no one from either team wants any part of this game... coaches, ski-masked players...
OH OH... Make The Bad Man STOP!!!!!!
When I saw this thread title I thought our own linebacker Leach got suspended. I was thinking to myself... "what a moron. When you're a walkon you don't have any room for error at all!".
Ha. Me too. Thankfully, it's not our own walk-on linebacker.
with that story.
I'm picturing the Free Press editorial meeting:
("What? MIKE Leach? The Texas Tech Mike Leach? Oh. Well, maybe Michigan's Leach is in trouble, too. And of course that would reflect badly on Rich Rodriguez. Matter of fact, Mike Leach reflects badly on Rich Rodriguez, doesn't he? I think I've got the lede -- TEXAS COACH, USING RICH ROD OFFENSE, IS SUSPENDED FOR ABUSE OF PLAYERS, MUCH AS WE THINK RICH RODRIGUEZ DID...")
Kevin Leach only figuratively locks people in electrical closets.
I thought "holy crap, we just lost a guy who beat out Mel Kiper's 5th ranked inside LB..."
Okay, if this is true and Leach ordered the kid locked in the electrical closet, he deserves some kind of stupid award. Not only did he lock the kid in an electrical closet (dumb) but this kid was the son of a decently high profile ESPN employee (weapons grade stupid).
If this is at all true ESPN is going to shanghai the pirate offense.
Mike Leach is annoying.
story from espn. It looks like it was indeed Craig James that made the complaint. This is definitely going to get ugly
Ahh, but the real question here is what is Rick James thinking?
Cocaine's a hell of a drug?
i'm struggling to understand why a electrical closet might be a good thing to put a concussed player in.
I didn't know they were using shock therapy for concussions.
Seriously, though, this year we are seeing a disturbing trend. The steroids witch hunt is on its last legs, so the new witch hunt taking its place is the "abusive coach" who "mistreats his players" whenever he even raises his voice.
What I find the most disturbing is that all it takes is a couple of whiny, disgruntled players to complain, and the coaches are automatically "guilty:" not only in the backrooms of universities trying to lessen their potential losses in liability suits, but also in the "court of public opinion." Coaching is a hard enough job without allowing disgruntled players to get coaches fired or suspended.
I'm not condoning true abuse here, but I'm definitely not condoning witch hunts, either. Maybe the NCAA needs to come up with some guidelines for coaches. This could be done without making it the joke that the present situation is.
You have a point particularly on the issue of the court of public opinion in sports. Perhaps most especially in college football. We've been through that for the past two years. However, you make mention of guidelines for coaches conduct. The first guideline would be to use common sense. Now, the information is not complete yet with regard to reports that have been released. But, when it comes to a player/patient with a diagnosed concussion, the last place you would want him is in a secluded place where he cannot be monitored. He should have been in a comfortable (key word) place, at home or even in the football facility to rest with someone available who could check on him.
I'm actually looking forward to both teams talking about how they are "rallying" around those who are not at the game today - the coach who locked a kid in an electrical closet for being injured vs. a quarter of the starting offense who decided to beat up a frat. Should be scintillating television.
According to Awful Announcing, Craig James is slated to call the Alamo Bowl. He has done a good job being impartial while calling Tech games before, which is why he was on this game (he gets to see his son play, while also doing his job). However, with his son being involved in a situation like this, there is no way ESPN can keep him on the game. The conflict of interest has escalated to a new level.
(ESPN, if you happen to be reading this... please put Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham on the game. They know the Big 12 & Big 10 pretty well, and I know they would handle the game well.)
Mike Leach is fucked. The media is going to kill him, especially with the Craig James factor, Mangino effect and concussions being big news as of late.
He. Is. Fucked.
Electrical Closets usually possess high EMF readings which can cause headaches and hallucinations. Discuss.
What the hell was he thinking? The son of a former
NFL player and ESPN announcer would be the last
player you'd want to abuse, not that it should
happen to any player. Maybe he thought the hum
of the high tension transformers would have some
I don't think this would be news if it weren't
warranted. I agree, he's F#*ked.
Rich Rodriguez does not lock people in closets.
That Leach learned this technique from Rich Rod and that it will come out in the NCAA investigation.
pretty soon we'll have college coaches handing out lollipops for good practices, and tracking progress with charts marked with happy-face stickers..
lol.. not saying that what Leach did was right.. but with this new witch hunt.. well.. this is the way things will go.
Has he read any of the recent news blitz regarding concussions? The fact that he decided to pick on the son of a former NFL player with a national microphone is enough to question his judgment.
What was he thinking? assuming his was thinking
Why on earth would Leach do this to someone's with a parent working at a high profile job at ESPN. Makes me think Leach is an idiot.
So, um, did Mike James come out of the closet?
Anyway, nice to see Leach sent to "timeout" until he's willing to say he's sorry and he won't do it again.
Assuming this story as it leaked out slowly today is true, Leach is in one heck of a lot of trouble.
This isn't the 90s anymore.
So he was forced to stand in the Texas Tech library... what's so bad about that?
texas tech had beaten texas and crabtree was a sweetheart of college football and leach's contract was up and everyone thought the big boys were coming for him. texas tech wrapped him up in a beg new shiny contract.
things are much different now.
He was even being asked for dating advice:
BTW, does anyone else think he looks a lot like a younger Bobby Knight?
Leach just released his defense. He is going to sue for an injunction to be allowed to coach and get his 800k year end bonus.
His defense is very lawyerly.
1. The kid wasn't confined to the punishment spaces for punishment. The storage areas were selected because they were cool and dry on each day, and the trainer assigned to watch him stand in the middle of the space for the three hours each time was there to assist him if he fell, not to supervise the punishment. "I did not have sex with the woman, she had sex with me."
2. The kid is bad, and his parents are bad. They are bad. The victim is soft. Very soft. Very soft victim. He deserved it.
3. He will sue. He really means it. Lawsuit--here it comes.
Leach is a piece of crap. Not only that, he is a bitch. If you are going to punish a victim for being hurt, be man enough to supervise it yourself.
Noir Leather Discipline Bowl?
Too LIttle vs Too Much
Rosendouche of FREEP reports that Texas Tech violation due ot the fact that James was confined to the closet for over 20 hours per week? NCAA rules limit confinement to closets to less than 20 hours per week.
NCAA rules do not apply to Rosendouche, he can spend eternity in the closet.
Leach is a douche. But I'm pretty irritated with the comments here suggesting that the problem was going after James, since his dad is with ESPN. The implication is that it would be ok to go after someone else. If someone has a concussion, and the doctor says they should sit, the coach shouldn't fight it. You can't mess with concussions. Your health and your life are a lot more important than overlooking a concussion.