Mike Leach – Adam James – What Is Going On in West Texas? – We Checked, Adam James is 21 YEARS OLD – Could Adam James Not Have Handled This Situation Without Involving His Parents? – Surely Craig James Knew of the Firestorm That Would Be Created If HE Got Involved….Surely He Knew.. – What We Would Have Told Our 21 Year Old Son In This Spot – Dark Room For 4 Hours? – Oh, If Only We Could Have Gotten That Treatment in the 1970s & 80s! – Good Look Captain Leach! – Back to Poker with Kenny Rogers and The Gambler!
First it was the Urban Meyer resignation…..hold it, “leave of absence” that interrupted the Coaches Hot Seat 8-ball tournament at Lake Tahoe (at least for a few minutes) and now this Mike Leach – Adam James “get into the shed” fiasco at Texas Tech comes along right in the middle of a marathon poker game which dissolved into hands of blackjack which later dissolved into darts which ended up with two guys battling each other in foosball deep into the night. Such is life at the Coaches Hot Seat Lake Tahoe retreats!
Getting to this Mike Leach – Adam James situation at Texas Tech we first must say that we have a lot of respect for Adam’s father Craig James. Craig is one of our favorite football players from long ago when we were still playing football, along with Eric Dickerson, when both men were playing at SMU and we have no doubt that Craig and his wife were only looking out for their son’s safety in reporting this issues to the folks at Tech. With that being said, surely Craig James realized that by him inserting himself into this issue with his son and Mike Leach that he has provided a very nice vehicle for the people at Tech and elsewhere that have wanted to get rid of Leach for years with an opportunity to do just that. Everyone with a working brain knows that Leach and his representatives are not well liked by several people within the Texas Tech power structure and as we said in this very blog last year after Leach came to agreement on a new contract with Tech, it was our recommendation that Leach find another place to coach because the people that he and his reps have pissed off would be coming back for his hide. Evidently, it is now time to get Mike Leach’s hide!
For the sake of this argument we are going to assume that what has been reported in the press about what Mike Leach asked of Adam James to do is true, that Leach forced James to stand in a dark room on two different occasions for up to 3 hours after James had suffered a concussion that was confirmed by doctors of which concussion Leach was made aware of. We are going to assume that is what actually happened and that prior to this happening between Leach and Adam James that there had been some tension between the two men, and we want to emphasize the word MEN because as we check the birthdates of Mike Leach, March 9, 1961 and Adam James, February 5, 2008, it is very obvious that neither of these MEN are children.
As we said earlier we can understand that Craig James would have concern for his son, but something we cannot understand is that Craig James believes that his 21, almost 22 year old son, cannot handle this issue himself with his head football coach and that it is the position of a father, a very well known father to boot, to insert himself into this issue to protect his son. Adam James is 21, almost 22 years old, which is very close to the average age of US soldiers that are stationed around the world and are fighting on the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan and it is our opinion that a 21 year old man should be able to handle an issue like this himself. If one of our 21 year old sons called us from college and said that his head football coach had put him into a dark room twice for up to 3 hours after a concussion, our conversation with our son would have gone something like:
Son: Dad, the doctor told me that the Sun would bother my concussion and when I went out to practice with sunglasses on the head coach seemed to get mad and he had a trainer make me stand in a dark room twice for up to 3 hours.
Dad: Are you telling me that you believe that your head coach mistreated you?
Son: Yes, don’t you think so?
Dad: Well, I don’t really know, because I wasn’t there, but again let me ask you, DO YOU THINK your head coach mistreated you?
Dad: OK. Then I WANT YOU to go to the associate AD at your school that is over football and tell him your concerns and if you don’t get a good answer at that level then go to the AD.
Son: You think that is what I should do?
Dad: Yes, if you think you were mistreated by your head coach, then you should tell the head coach’s boss. If you don’t get what you think is a straight answer in the athletic department, then go to the president of the school.
Son: Yes, but what do…
Dad: If you are about to ask me to intervene in this situation by complaining to the AD, the president or friends of mine on the board of trustees, you can forget about that. You are 21 years old and if you believe you were mistreated then you need to make your opinion known to your head coach’s bosses. If I and your mother insert ourselves into this situation then the story will be that your Daddy and Momma are just taking care of their little boy and since you are 21 years old it is not the place of your father to get in between you and your head coach. What if you were in the military and you were in Afghanistan and your division officer did something like this to you, would you call home and have me call your division officer’s boss?
Son: No, but..
Dad: No but! This is very simple. If you believe that you were mistreated then you should make your opinions and concerns known to your head coach’s bosses and if you believe after voicing your concerns that the school is not listening to you then you should quit the team and transfer to another school where the coach will care more about your health. Is that clear?
Dad: Good. Because you know that I care about your health and if where you are now going to school is not the place for you then damn we are going to find a place where people will treat you well. Now get off the phone with me and get over the athletic department and tell the folks there what your head coach did, but most importantly keep my name out of this. Just because your Daddy is a well known does not mean you get special treatment and believe me if what you tell me is true and I don’t know if it is true just because you told me that is the way it happened because I was not there…But, if you what you told me is true that you were forced to stand in a dark room twice for up to three hours and that treatment is really bothering you….well, then Son all I can say to you is that you would not have lasted for 5 seconds playing high school or college football in the 1970s and 80s.
Son: OK, thanks.
Dad: Good Luck and keep me apprised but out of this issue and don’t forget your Momma and I love you.
Now, that is how we would have talked to our 21, almost 22 year old son, if he had called us with the facts as have been written about in the press with this Mike Leach – Adam James issue. Again, we have a lot of respect for Craig James and we fully understand his interest in making sure that his son is safe health-wise and we are not going to change our view of Craig over this issue because when something of a controversial nature comes up with one’s children it is always an emotional issue, especially when the mother gets involved. We did get to see Craig James on ESPN News last night and we have no doubt of his sincerity in trying to protect his son, but no one here at Coaches Hot Seat can quite figure out why James thinks it is appropriate to be weighing in on this issue between Adam and his head coach in such a public way. Craig had to know that there are a lot of people at Tech that are ready to pounce on any issue that they believe will give them leverage to fire Mike Leach and surely Craig James realized before he went to whomever he and his wife talked to at Texas Tech that this would cause a huge firestorm. It is going to be fascinating to see how this all plays out as the very powerful people at Tech that loathe Mike Leach and all that he stands for work to send the Pirate packing.
As for what Mike Leach had Adam James do, stand in a dark room on two different occasions for up to three hours, we do think that is a little odd for a guy with a concussion but most people are missing the reality that to Mike Leach this was just him sending a message to Adam James that he thought his showing up to practice in sunglasses and acting like a prima donna was not appropriate. Maybe we are way off base here, but when we were growing up if you had a concussion that was diagnosed by a doctor the last place you wanted to be was anywhere around the head coach because that would only remind him that you were not practicing with everyone else, which usually caused us to head to the weight room or somewhere else out of the head coach’s view. As for Adam James being put into a dark room twice for up to three hours, we can only wish that something like that was done to us considering some of things we went through while playing football in the 1970s. We could got into the litany of madcap and crazy things that football coaches used to do to us, withholding water for entire practices was common, bear crawls up and down the football field, stadium runs that seemed to go on for days, grassy drills of being forced to be up running quick-step and t hen onto our stomachs doing push-ups and then back up and then back down, 30+ 100 yard runs on the track in 100+ degree temperatures, being told to sit under the bleachers because that is where the bums sit, and on and on and on, some or all of which Craig James had to experience during his football playing career (We could go into things that happened in the US military that make playing football look like a birthday party, but is that really necessary? Didn’t think so, although if you read this Washington Post story you can get some idea, At Quantico, the ultimate test, of what it was/is like.). If Craig James didn’t experience any of the above, which makes what happened to Adam James look like a walk in a park on a 70 degree day, then Craig played for a lot different football coaches than we did and we thought that football coaches in Texas were tough!
To this entire issue of Mike Leach being suspended from coaching in Alamo Bowl and possibly being fired over making a player stand in a dark room twice for up to three hours, if that is all that happened between Leach and James, then it is beyond absurd that Mike Leach was ever suspended and it will be beyond all realms of stupidity if Leach is fired from Texas Tech. As we have stated in this blog several times over the years, the people that run colleges and universities in the United States are some of the biggest Candy Asses on the planet and we can only imagine one of these Candy Asses, like the president at Texas Tech, Guy Bailey, would be shocked, shocked to hear that a player was told to stand in dark room for up to three hours after being diagnosed with a concussion but then most college presidents would be shocked to hear that there is “Gambling in Casablanca? No!” We have some news for the president at Texas Tech and the presidents of colleges and universities across the country, football is a rough and tumble sport and if a player cannot deal with and handle having to stand in a dark room twice for up to three hours then how in the Hell is he going to be able to play football or fight for his country if necessary for that matter? Is forcing Adam James or any other football player to stand in a dark room for up to three hours something that is right in normal society? No, but college football is not normal society and if a college football player or any football player for that matter, especially one over the age of 18, feels that he has been mistreated by his head coach or anyone else for that matter then he should take that up with the coach’s bosses. As for calling your Dad, especially a well known Dad, and having him intervene in a situation that a 21 year old man should be able to handle himself, we can only refer everyone to many past postings in the Coaches Hot Seat blog that talk about what a Candy Ass society America has become and how important it is we change course soon before our entire country gets its ass kicked by folks that don’t give a damn about football, baseball, golf or anything for that matter besides dominating the world. It’s coming folks and the more we jack around with all this Candy Ass shit and not prepare ourselves, our kids and our country for the inevitable, the worse it is going to be.
We will be watching the court in West Texas very closely this morning to see if Mike Leach can get an injunction to coach in the Alamo Bowl, but Leach should not be under any illusion that there are not a lot of powerful people around the Tech program that wanted to fire his ass yesterday. That is the REAL reality of this entire Leach – James situation and if we were Mike Leach we rather doubt if we would fight this thing because if this James issues doesn’t get him the folks that want to see Leach fired will find something else. Just ask Tommy Tuberville about that reality…..
As for the folks that want Mike Leach fired both at Texas Tech, around Texas Tech, or big supporters of Texas Tech, we just hope that all of them are living straight and narrow lives, that they are only sleeping with their wives, that they are running their businesses in honest ways and that everything is on the up and up with them. We don’t have a dog in this fight between Mike Leach and some folks at and around Texas Tech, but we do know that Mike Leach is a very good football coach, that he wins games, that he graduates players and from what we have been told he builds men. What more Texas Tech could ask for, we are not really sure, unless of course they are looking for a Candy Ass head coach that will blow sunshine and kiss everyone’s ass so the bigwigs and say: “See I am the boss of the head coach because he kisses my ass.” To that we say, any head football coach that kisses anyone’s ass shouldn’t be a head coach in the first place, but then maybe Darrell Royal and Paul Bryant kissed a lot of ass….NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!
Yes, that Mike Leach was suspended over this Adam James issue, as reported in the press, is absurd. If Mike Leach is fired over this Adam James issue then the folks doing the firing had better damn make sure that they are not involved in something that will make this James issue look like a tea cup spilling at a little girls party, because it will eventually come out and then we will have a real mess on our hands that will make everyone forget Mike Leach in a hurry…. Yes, this is a hellava mess and this issue and the issue with Leach’s contract at the end of last season when there were a whole lot of powerful people that trying to run Leach out of town tells us everything we need to know about Texas Tech and some of its leadership and boosters, which is… Drop to your knees and kiss our asses or hit the road jack, or Mike in this case… Yes, that makes a lot of sense.
Mike Leach fired from Texas Tech for having a football player stand in a dark room twice for up three hours….. Is that really about to happen? If it does, then no longer will we just think that the United States is filled with Candy Asses everywhere one looks, but also even deep in the heart of Texas in the west Texas town of Lubbock that is known for tough cowboys and for people that don’t flinch at living hard lives. Yes, even in Lubbock, Texas a head football coach can be fired for having a player stand in a dark room in 2009. That idea is not only beyond absurd, it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that America is on the decline because if Texas is filled with Candy Asses can you imagine what is in the rest of the country? That is a thought to hard to consider for very long because it brings on great depression….
Back to the poker games where real men “Ante Up” and let the cards fall where they may. “I will take two cards….off of the top of deck please!”
On a totally unrelated subject…
Memo to Craig James: While we have your attention Craig, a couple of us were recently in Austin, Texas looking at office space (and our wives looking at homes) as we prepare to flee fruitcake-ville, otherwise known as the state of California, for a place that actually is not at war with business. Another great California company, Apple Computer, has a pretty good sized operation now in Austin and although we have visited Austin many times for football games and always had a great time we have never really took the time to look around at the town. We must say that we and our families were very impressed with Austin and not only does it cost a lot less to do business in Austin compared to California a family can actually purchase a very nice home without taking out a 7-figure loan! Wow! Getting back to Craig James, when we were in Austin we heard some rumblings from our Republican friends that James was considering a run for the US Senate if one of the current Texas US Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson wins the Republican primary for Governor of Texas. We don’t know the laws in Texas so maybe there exists the chance that the Governor could appoint James to Hutchinson’s Senate seat (which runs to 2012) if Hutchinson won the Republican primary and resigned from the Senate, but it sounded to us that there is at least a chance that James might make a run for the Senate or another political office in the coming years. Our only recommendation to Craig James is that if you are considering a run for the US Senate is that you make damn sure you know what you are getting yourself into because the US Senate is not what it used to be. The US Senate today is filled with a lot of windbags that blow a lot of smoke up people’s asses but actually get very little done for the American people and though working in Washington DC can be fun for a few years, once one drills down and learns what DC is really about, greed, power, money, and very little to do with or caring two rips about the American people, the place can get old in a hurry. Washington DC has become much like Rome was in the last days of the Roman Empire, a city filled with greedy bastards that are doing their best to empty the Treasury before someone shuts the music off because anyone with a working brain knows that with all the debt the US has piled up (both on the books for the public to see and the trillions that are hidden from sight but well known to folks that know where to look) that the American Republic as all of us have known it is coming to an end. No, the United States is not coming to an end, just as we have all known it, because far from the federal government creating new programs that will protect the American people from cradle to grave (the Candy Ass society writ large) the reality is that the folks in DC are doing little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic because a country built upon and funded from a massive pile of growing debt can only end up with one outcome and that outcome is that the interest on all that debt finally causes spending on other programs to decline….When all that interest starts curtailing social programs it will be bad (or good depending on your point of view), but when it starts cutting into defense spending and America’s ability to both defend our country and project force overseas, then that will be the downside of a slope that will be impossible to alter…
Our recommendation to Craig James: Run or get appointed to the US Senate if you like, but a far better job would be Governor of Texas, which will be open again in 2014 and 2018. If any of us here at Coaches Hot Seat were looking to get into politics in the coming years, then we would look to the state level because the federal government has now through the reckless actions of elected officials of both parties put the United States on a track to insolvency which will cause both reduced spending and higher taxes in the coming years which will only cause the American people to get even more pissed off and start to look for people besides Democrats and Republicans to solve the problems of our country. We would hate to see Craig James leave his job in calling college football because he is one of the few guys that will give you his opinion and having the guts to give one’s opinion with the bark on is something that is sorely needed in America today, both in the game of college football and elsewhere. Give us a choice between US Senator from Texas or Governor of Texas and we would take Governor’s office every time!
OK, back to the poker game. “I have a full-house King high, can anyone beat that? Good, can someone get us a round of beers while we wait on this Mike Leach court outcome….and some more Chex Mix with peanuts this time!”
Good Luck Captain Leach!
Somehow Kenny Rogers The Gambler seems appropriate here…