TTU Document shows serious lawsuit threat from ESPN's James - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/27/10

TTU Document shows serious lawsuit threat from ESPN's James

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Newly released documents from Texas Tech show that ESPN Sports Analyst Craig James threatened to sue the university in the days before football coach Mike Leach was fired.

"TTU reasonably anticipated litigation on December 20, 2009 after a TTU attorney spoke with the parents of the injured student-athlete," writes Texas Tech, "because the father of the student-athlete indicated that litigation could ensue if TTU did not proceed to investigate Leach for the improper treatment of an injured student-athlete."

The January 26th memo is from Texas Tech to the office of Attorney General in an attempt to gain the AG's permission to withhold certain public records which were requested by NewsChannel 11 in early January.

The memo also states, "The threat [of a lawsuit] did not appear to be an idle threat as the parent expressed genuine concern for the health and well-being of his injured child, as well as other student-athletes."

Adam James and his family accused Leach of having the young man locked into an electrical closet, which Leach denies. James provided a cell-phone camera video of himself in what appeared to be a closet. But sworn statements from Trainer Steve Pincock say James was forbidden from going into that closet.

The University fired Leach December 30th. He has filed a lawsuit against the University for breach of contract and failing to provide due process.

(CLICK HERE) to see the memo.

CORRECTION: The sworn statements in question came from Trainer Steve Pincock.

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