From Junction Boys to a coach being fired for cruelly making a player sit in a garage and a room during practice. Times certainly have changed.
When all is said and done more is said than done.
". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008
As far as I can tell, this isn't really about Adam James at all. If Tech liked Leach and vice versa, no way this escalates to this point.
But even if you believe Leach didn't do anything wrong with James, let's be honest here. Telling his bosses to jump in a lake when they asked him to justify what happened, and immediately lawyering up and taking it to court when they suspended him for it, isn't something a guy does if he gives a darn about keeping that job.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible
For what football coaches routinely do this doesn't seem like a big deal at all. I doubt Bear, Woody or Bo would have handled a prima donna with such kid gloves.
The biggest mistake Leach made was not properly assessing the political situation at TTU.
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What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand
"The players make the manager, it's never the other way." - Sparky Anderson
So where will he end up?
Would he fit in at UC?
What doesn't make sense to me if Leach is truly getting hosed here is why Texas Tech would want to fire him. He's brought their program to a place it has never been before and they just signed him less than a year ago to a big extension. Why would they be looking for a reason to get rid of him?
And I'm not sure that HIS assistant coaches and others that work and play for him coming to his defense really means much. Does anyone think these guys are going to come down in opposition to him. He was their boss and if he goes elsewhere, they will probably work for him again. In the real world, I doubt they'd be considered credible witnesses.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
I'm thinking Leach will win a pretty big lawsuit with this one.
And it was a witch hunt. It was initially called a closet that James was "locked up" in. C'mon, when all you heard was "closet" you're probably thinking Buffalo Bill kind of stuff. I remember my first reaction was that Leach is crazy and should be arrested. It's this type of garbage journalism ESPN consistently spews out there that gives journalism a bad name.
Do yourselves a favor, read up on this more before falling for the ESPN masquerade. I have and it appears that this young man (22-years old) had an axe to grind and ran to Daddy, who just happens to work for ESPN. Yeah, no conflict of interest there. How professional to have ESPN then interview Mr. James with HIS side and then ESPN, not quite done with their typical grandstanding, tells us that they will remove Mr. James from covering the Texas Tech - Michigan State game. I have a question, why was he even scheduled to do that game in the first place, with his son playing for Texas Tech?
ESPN is so full of itself it's nauseating.
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