By Alex Simon
If you thought Texas Tech was playing with fire when hiring Bobby Knight, Tech was messing with a forest fire by not firing head football coach Mike Leach when they had the chance this offseason. And if the accusations against Leach are true, then hall of fame hardliner Bobby Knight looks like a true mench.
Red Raider redshirt sophomore receiver Adam James, son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James, filed a complaint about being mistreated by Leach after suffering an injury.
A source close to the family said James sustained a concussion on Dec. 16, was examined on Dec. 17 and told not to practice due to a concussion and an elevated heart rate. The source said Leach called a trainer and directed him to move James “to the darkest place, to clean out the equipment and to make sure that he could not sit or lean. He was confined for three hours.” James said Leach told him that if he came out he would be kicked off the team.
According to the source, Leach told the trainer, two days later, to “put James in the darkest, tightest spot. It was in an electrical closet, again, with a guard posted outside.”
Leach has been suspended in light of these accusations and will not coach their bowl game.