Several reports are swirling about the alledged misconduct of Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.
This is sort of an amazing story about 2 different people and 2 different stories on what supposedly happened.
I was listening to The Ticket earlier and it seems the good people of Lubbock supports the coach by 75%. Others support the student, Adam James.
And then this from Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News:
“No matter what you may think of Mike Leach or famous fathers or an athletic department that has employed not one but two high-profile coaches who won games, graduated players and still generated controversy, the facts in the latest circus at Texas Tech appear to be this:
Adam James, son of the ESPN employee and former SMU star Craig James, was diagnosed with a concussion.
His coach mocked the prescribed treatment.
And in an era when professional and college athletic programs are finally being held accountable for both the short- and long-term effects of concussions, Leach’s actions were telling and arrogant, leading to a well-deserved suspension.
Don’t get caught up in the alleged details. The “shed” that James was confined to during practice was something between Cool Hand Luke’s box and a place where the university keeps sportswriters. If it were a luxury box, it wouldn’t matter.
In specifically outlining for trainers what should be done, Leach clearly showed his disdain for the diagnosis and/or James.
Coaches have no business getting involved in medical matters, particularly those involving the head. Concussions may be the most underreported of all injuries, which makes them all the more dangerous. When a coach makes a point of singling out players who seek treatment, he sends a message team-wide.”
So now we get down to the “he said, she said deal.”
How will all of this end? Who knows. Depends on the “good-ol-boy” network and which one can garner enough votes in their corner. Maybe the truth will come out here and maybe something can be done about it. In the mean time, sit back, and listen to all of the allegations.