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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Ho-lee crap! One of the most influential blogs of the entire decade? How did THAT happen?
As the year (and the decade) wind down, Sports Illustrated is doing a review of the 2000s and under the section called “Best of decade: movies, TV shows, books, blogs” is a list and we’re on it. I am still not sure how my site got in with some of the other true heavyweights in this list, but I am truly honored to be named to it.
Here’s what my favorite sports magazine of all time had to say about the site:
BadJocks.com — “where COPS meets SportsCenter” — existed years before blog entered the cultural lexicon. Creator Bob Reno helped pioneer the blend of sarcasm and schadenfreude that inspired a generation of bloggers. Perhaps the blog’s most famous feature — a chart that ranks the highest blood alcohol contents of sports figures arrested for DUI — still gets hit hard to this day.
Also on the list were my good friends at Deadspin.com, along with ProFootballTalk.com, Fire Joe Morgan (2005-08), and The Big Lead. And my good buddy Brooks at SportsByBrooks.com got an Honorable Mention.
I want to thank all my longtime readers who have been scouring small town newspapers for years sending me great stories and encouraging me to continue doing something that I truly love. You guys (and gals) are the best and if I can make you laugh or put a smile on your face each day then my job is done.
Now, does anyone know how what the proper etiquette is how long you’re supposed to wait to before you can start lobbying to be named to the list for NEXT decade? Email if you know.