Say what you will about Mike Leach as a football coach. Dude is good, and has a high ceiling that could lead to a high profile job. Check that. Dude is good, and had a high ceiling. Now dude may have swept in and stole the dumbass of the year award.
(Note from me about how I’m fascinated by this Leach story so I’m going to update it as things develop or until we get sick of it.)
Seriously, this story is just insane. Apparently dude took a redshirt sophomore named Adam James and did some interesting things with him. James suffered a concussion on December 16th during practice. On the 17th, Leach told a trainer to take James and take him “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.” That is according to a source close to the family.
Had the part about James not being able to sit or lean not been in there, I could make a case for Leach doing something to make sure that James was comfortable during the time he should have been at practice, and that maybe his heart was in the right place.
But wait, it gets better. Leach allegedly told James not to come out or he would be kicked off the team. Then, a mere two days later, Leach did it all again, this time having James confined to an electrical closet with a guard outside the door. Not sure what the guard was for, but once again James was secluded and basically held against his will.
Some pretty stupid moves by the coach here. It gets even more dumb when you take into account that James is the son of Craig James. Yeah, that Craig James. The one who is a college football analyst for ESPN. How dumb do you have to be to pull something like this to begin with? Now how dumb do you have to be to pull this on the son of a national analyst for the sport you are in?
Doc referenced comments made in this article here by the Avalanche-Journal Staff. This is my favorite part:
The A-J learned that on Dec. 17, Leach ordered James to stand in a dark shed at the Tech football practice facility because he thought James was faking a concussion he’d suffered during practice the previous day. Leach had him watched, and when James sat down, Leach had things removed from the shed so he could not sit.
Ah, but the lawyer says:
“Mr. and Mrs. James took the step with great regret and after consideration and prayer to convey to the Texas Tech Administration that their son had been subjected to actions and treatment not consistent with commonsense rules for safety and health,” the James family said in a statement issued through a publicist.
Liggett said it’s “ridiculous’’ to characterize the building adjacent to the team’s practice fields as a “shed’’ or an “electrical closet.’’
“Because of the fact that he had a concussion and he was extremely limited in the physical activity he could undergo, Mike felt like that was the best place for him and still be close to and part of the team,’’ Liggett said.
The lawyer’s comments are in the ESPN article as well, for what it is worth.
Raj mentioned the “fat girls” incident. Skip to the 28 second mark and enjoy: