UPDATE: Here’s what RedRaiders.com is reporting on the situation with Coach Leach:
Tech football coach Mike Leach was suspended for ordering a player to stand in shed at the Tech football practice facility for two hours, then repeating the punishment two days later because he felt the player was faking an injury that happened during practice on Dec. 16, the Avalanche-Journal has learned.
EARLIER: It’s a simple rule: Don’t mess with the son of a TV sportscaster. If he suffers a concussion in practice, make sure the kid gets the medical attention he needs right away. Otherwise, you might be watching your team play in a bowl game from you living room.
Seriously: should the Alamo Bowl people rename this the “Indefinite Suspension Bowl?” Half of Michigan State’s starters are staying home because of an altercation with a fraternity last month and now Texas Tech sends their head coach packing. Now, if only the fans refused to show up, we might have an end to this nonsense.
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has been suspended while the school investigates complaints from receiver Adam James and his family about how the coach treated the player after a concussion. James is the son of former NFL player and current television analyst Craig James. The school said today in a news release that defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill will be the interim coach and lead the team in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 against Michigan State. Texas Tech officials declined to identify the player.
James’ family released a statement to the AP identifying Adam as the player involved. “Mr. and Mrs. James took the step with great regret and after consideration and prayer to convey to the Texas Tech Administration that their son had been subjected to actions and treatment not consistent with common sense rules for safety and health,” the statement said.
“Over the past year, there has been a greatly enhanced recognition of the dangers of concussions and the potential for long term physical damage to players. At virtually every level of football coaching, cases where children and young men have sustained concussions have generated serious discussion of the importance of correct treatment and diagnosis.”
A person familiar with James’ case said he suffered a concussion during a Dec. 16 scrimmage.
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