An open request record filed by the LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL unearthed a bombshell involving Craig James and Texas Tech attorneys.
(Tech lawyers blaming investigation on James to keep Leach records seal)
A-J reporter Matthew McGowan notes this week that as part of an appeal to thwart the newspaper’s request for records involving the Leach investigation, Tech attorneys stated, “Craig James threatened on Dec. 20 to sue the university if it did not investigate the actions of then-head football coach Mike Leach.”
More of the plea from Tech to the Texas Attorney General: “The threat did not appear to be an idle threat as the parent expressed genuine concern for the health and well-being of his injured child, as well as other student-athletes.”
Tech attorneys are trying to keep all records sealed within the university as it pertains to the Leach investigation, but in the process of trying to keep those secrets, university lawyers tipped off just how much influence Craig James was trying to exert over the Texas Tech football program - and Leach himself.
The reason Tech lawyers released the statement about James’ threatened lawsuit was an attempt to prove to the state’s attorney general that the school had no choice but to go forward with its subsequent actions against Leach. And that behind-the-scenes details of those actions needed to be sealed forever.
So Tech lawyers are saying that a potential Craig James lawsuit was the primary reason it needs to keep all documents pertaining to Leach’s firing secret.
James attorney Scott McLaughlin responded to the official statement from Texas Tech by denying what Tech’s legal counsel stated in its legal document to the attorney general: “Craig James never threatened to sue Texas Tech University. Further, Texas Tech initiated its investigation of its own accord.”
Meanwhile, Leach attorney Paul Dobrowski recently told the Avalanche-Journal that Leach “will have to consider” suing Craig James at some point.
With Tech’s own lawyers now claiming that Craig James was the primary impetus for keeping school records about Leach’s firing secret, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that James employer ESPN would be concerned about him representing the network on future college football broadcast.
I’ve got an email into ESPN about that and await its response.