Tx Tech Rep: SbB’s Use Of School Logo Is Illegal

In 10 1/2 years of operating SbB, I’ve never been sued or been faced with any serious legal action. None.

IMG complaint to SbB on behalf of Texas Tech regarding SbB's illegal use of Texas Tech logo

(Texas Tech rep IMG fired legal guns 72 hours after SbB’s BCG revelations)

Over the years I’ve reported on Texas Tech quite a bit - especially as it pertains to Mike Leach, and more recently, Tommy Tuberville and Billy Gillispie. The accuracy of those numerous reports has never been specifically disputed on the record by anyone associated with Texas Tech.

Texas Tech Coach Tommy Tuberville reacts to SbB Facebook Posts About Him

(SbB post on TT football coach Tuberville caused Lubbock media uproar)

If you’ve read my exhaustive coverage of the unfortunate circumstances of Leach’s departure from the school, you’re well aware of the varying forms of documentation I’ve posted that portray Texas Tech officials - and others associated with the school - in an unflattering manner throughout the former football coach’s legally-challenged ouster.

In addition to Leach and Tuberville, on August 23 I reported details of the regrettable early tenure of newly-hired Texas Tech basketball coach Billy Gillispie. None of the facts of that story have been challenged on the record by anyone associated with Texas Tech.

Mike Leach New Book: Swing Your Sword

(TT rep IMG included “Truth” image linked to Leach book in SbB complaint)

On August 26, yesterday, I received an email from the company Texas Tech uses to oversee its licensing: IMG. The email, originated from IMG’s “enforcement” department, claimed that SbB’s use of the Texas Tech logo was, in fact, illegal.

The text of the email is below. [Note: IMG owns and operates ‘Collegiate Licensing Company’, ‘CLC’]

Please find attached a letter from the Collegiate Licensing Company Legal Department. Thanks.

Judy Martin | Enforcement & Compliance Assistant

IMG College and The Collegiate Licensing Company - an IMG Company

VIA CERTIFIED OR ELECTRONIC MAIL

August 26, 2011
Sports by Brooks

Re:  Unauthorized Use of Texas Tech University Trademarks

Mr. Brooks:

This letter serves to put you on notice of the proprietary interests of Texas Tech University. Read more…

‘Craig James gave Joe Schad Adam’s cell number’

The new Mike Leach book, Swing Your Sword, is out.

Mike Leach New Book: Swing Your Sword

In the book, Leach retells the events of his legally-challenged ouster at Texas Tech in late 2009 - and provides stunning new documents and details that verify a professional public relations campaign paid for and orchestrated by ESPN’s Craig James against the all-time winningest coach in Tech football history.

If you followed the story as it initially unfolded, you may be aware of at least some of the actions of Texas Tech officials during the regrettable episode. Actions that left Leach no choice but to seek legal remedy soon to culminate at the Texas Supreme Court.

If you were reading SbB at the time, it wasn’t unreasonable to suspect that Craig James and his professional public relations representative, Spaeth Communications founder Merrie Spaeth, may have had a role in shaping ESPN’s coverage of the story.

But now, thanks to Texas Tech’s status as a state-funded institution, emails obtained through open records requests by Leach and his attorneys show a concerted effort by Craig James and paid agents of the ESPN analyst to materially impact ESPN’s editorial approach to Leach’s untimely departure from Texas Tech.

Leach reports in his new book that even before a complaint against Leach was lodged by Craig James regarding the coach’s alleged mistreatment of his son - former Texas Tech football player Adam James - Craig James had hired Spaeth. (It was Spaeth who hatched the infamous Swift Boat public relations campaign that helped turn public opinion against John Kerry’s during the 2004 presidential election campaign.)

Here is one such email included in Swing Your Sword in which Spaeth Communications employee Rebecca Shaw asks Craig James in an emailif we want to forward the players’ names and numbers exclusively to [ESPN reporter] Joe [Schad].”:

From: Rebecca Shaw
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 11:30 PM
To: James, Craig Subject: RE: ESPN 6:29 PM

Craig - Merrie’s position - and I agree - is that the story has been put to bed tonight. Let’s take a look at the coverage first thing in the morning and make a decision then if we want to forward the players’ names and numbers exclusively to [ESPN’s] Joe [Schad], whether we want to include the AP reporter, or if we want to hold off a day to see if the university makes a statement. I’ll be up early checking the coverage. Merrie’s good with the statement that I drafted for you for ESPN. Would you like it circulated to Kevin and Jim or do you want to noodle on it awhile?

Rebecca Shaw Executive Vice President Spaeth Communications, Inc.

In addition to the emails, Leach reports in the following Swing Your Sword excerpt that Craig James went so far as to personally provide the cellphone number of his son, Adam James, to ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad: Read more…