Craig James spoke at a church in Dallas recently, and talked about the wrongful termination lawsuit Mike Leach filed against Texas Tech after the football coach was fired following text messages and emails from James demanding Leach’s ouster to Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance and members of the Texas Tech Board of Regents.
Excerpt of James remarks:
“My son was being treated in an unfair, unimaginable, and unthinkable manner. We filed a complaint with the university; private, hoping to quietly protect Adam to stop the insanity that was being done to him. Not once, but twice.
“The lies, the accusations, the death threats, police sitting outside our home. The bounty on our lives. The insanity that comes from someone’s actions, are crazy.
“(Craig’s son) Adam (James) and my footprints, and what we’ve done in life when we hit the wall we can look around and our character, our honesty and our integrity are in place.
“Now the other side of the equation, the party that’s accusing, I wonder what their beach looks like?
“I have felt strongly that we have been in a spirtual war for the past four months. Our faith, our christian family has sustained us. … It’s important to lead a godly life.”
Regarding those “quiet” and “private” complaints from James, news reporter Ann Wyatt Little of ABC-TV affiliate KCBD in Lubbock noted three days after the James speech:
“According to official documents, On December 23, 2009, Craig James wrote to Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance demanding that Mike Leach be terminated.”
Five months before James asked the Texas Tech administration for Leach to be fired for the alleged mishandling of his son Adam’s concussion, despite the Texas Tech team trainer and doctor claiming the contrary in sworn affidavits, the ESPN analyst left voicemails with two Red Raiders coaching staff members demanding that his son be given more playing time by Leach.
From the retrieved voicemails left by James:
Craig James called Tech Director of Football Operations Tommy McVay in September, “to tell him, in effect, that you coaches are crazy and you’re screwing my kid.”
Leach’s lawsuit also alleges that James called then-Tech assistant coach Lincoln Riley stating, in effect, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing. Adam James is the best player at the wide receiver position. If you’ve got the balls to call me back, and I don’t think you do, call me back.’”
In the most recent, significant development of the ongoing lawsuit, the LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL reported that Texas Tech Chancellor Hance stated under oath in a March deposition that James, “personally wanted Leach fired.”
Hance’s statement about James came after Texas Tech attorneys noted in a written statement to the Texas State Attorney General that, “Craig James threatened on Dec. 20 to sue the university if it did not investigate the actions of then-head football coach Mike Leach.”
The reason for the revelation by Tech attorneys to the state Attorney General about James’ role in Leach’s firing was to request that the school be allowed to keep public school documents about the Leach firing secret.
With the material evidence against James and donations to Texas Tech academic programs dropping dramatically as a result of the Leach firing, many have wondered why the ESPN college football analyst has not attempted to make peace with Leach and settle the coach’s multi-million dollar lawsuit.