The James Gang rides again (maybe).

It’s rapidly becoming clear that if the Mike Leach-TTU litigation ever sees a courtroom, the most entertaining part of it will be the James family.  Here are a few choice allegations contained in Leach’s complaint:

Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, in a lawsuit filed against the school last week, alleges that wide receiver Adam James stormed out of the athletic offices yelling an expletive and slammed the outer door to the coaches’ office so hard that it split and came off its hinges, causing approximately $1,100 in damage.

The alleged confrontation with the coaches took place after Leach and assistant coach Lincoln Riley had informed James that he was being demoted to third string…

• In September, Craig James called assistant coach Tommy McVay “to tell him, in effect, that you coaches are crazy and you’re screwing my kid.”



• The same day that he made the call to McVay, Craig James left a message for 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 [blank] to call me back, and I don’t think you do, call me back.’ ”

• During practices before the Valero Alamo Bowl, Adam James “told Coach [Bennie] Wylie that Wylie didn’t know what he was doing and James’ effort was just fine.”

• Adam James “voluntarily placed himself into the electrical closet and apparently took pictures with his phone camera.”

Get ’em on the stand and make sure ESPN televises the proceedings.

Meanwhile, Craig James has no regrets.  And he’s shocked, shocked by the suggestion that his being a TV celebrity was a factor in what went down.

But “I’ve said this: Any parent that knew what I knew, it was my role and responsibility as a dad, not a celebrity, not as an ESPN personality,” James said.

Of course, if his version of events with Leach is as firmly based in reality as some of his political positions,

… James, who lives in Celina, waved off suggestions that his role in the firing of Texas Tech University football coach Mike Leach might harm him as a candidate. He defended his actions, saying any damage caused to him personally is “inconsequential.”

He sharply criticized federal legislation to overhaul the health care system as too intrusive and coercive.

However, to support his argument, he used widely circulated and erroneous descriptions of last summer’s House version of the legislation – and how government could tap into people’s private bank accounts.

The claims have been discredited by groups such as and Politifact, which say the provision in question would allow patients to pay for medical care the same way they now can pay mortgages or utility bills: by electronic funds transfers from bank accounts…

he should make for a fun witness.  Especially if he testifies like this:

“The blessing I’ve had is on Thursdays and Saturdays on national TV … for 20 years, I’ve spoken to that young audience,” he said. “I’m going to go fist-pump them, make them understand, ‘Dude, we need you in the game. You are important.’ “



Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!

8 responses to “The James Gang rides again (maybe).

  1. Brandon

    I’m a pretty conservative guy but I’d have to say no to Craig James as a candidate based on what I’ve heard.


  2. aristoggle

    “Fist-pump them?” Wha … oh, never mind.


    • Ben Rockwell

      No kidding. Between fist-pumping and telling coaches they are screwing his kid, it sounds like James has some, um, misplaced, uh, frustrations.

      Anyway, I’ve always thought this guy was an idiot. I’m glad that it appears I’m not a total bad judge of character.


  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    People can change but I do not believe Craig James has changed. He is still the same self-absorbed asshole who, along with others, got the death penalty imposed on SMU.


  4. Dog in Fla

    Three of what kind? Craig James, Swiftboat PR firm, and Mike Leach