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I wear my sunglasses at night…

Mike Leach From what I was reading, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was upset that injured player Adam James came to practice wearing sunglasses as he was recovering from a concussion and headaches.

A source close to the family said James sustained a concussion on Dec. 16, was examined on Dec. 17 and told not to practice because of the concussion and an elevated heart rate. The source said Leach called a trainer and directed him to move James "to the darkest place, to clean out the equipment and to make sure that he could not sit or lean. He was confined for three hours."

Later on the trainer apologized to James for what was done to him.

I would assume the elevated heart rate was because he was in a lot of pain.

Let me offer up some of my own experience with migraine headaches.  I know some of you have the same thing.

I don’t have headaches that often but every couple of years I would have a bad one and think that this was a migraine headache.  Then I truly had a migraine headache and my previous bad headaches were a walk in the park compared to this one.

The night I had a migraine, there was a fire on my street which meant fire trucks and their sirens.  If I would have had the strength to carry myself out to the street, I would have laid down there and let a firetruck drive over me and finish me off, it was that bad.  The next day I went out and I had to wear sunglasses to help me cope with the pain from the sunlight.  There is a good reason why many migraine sufferers retreat to a darkened room and wait them out.  Light and sound are incredible painful. 

What amazes me from this situation is that Mike Leach is a) so ignorant about concussions b) thought he could get away with it in an age of Facebook and Twitter c) thought he could get away with it when the players dad was an ESPN analyst d) someone didn’t say bring up point a, b, and c to Leach.


Today Leach’s current players offered up some thoughts

Today, though, the Leach lovefest emphatically ended, in the most unlikely place: From his own team. When the media ban was lifted on current Raider players during their Alamo Bowl preparations in San Antonio, a few team spokesmen opened up with both barrels:

Defensive tackle Chris Perry, to ESPN: "I have no complaints about this decision. [Leach] put Adam [James] in a shed like an animal. Like an animal in a cage. That was bull. You call other players. I think it was a good decision. We have our pep back now. We practice hard this week. We had less stress this week. You know why? Because he’s gone." (Emphasis added)

Wide receiver Tramain Swindall, to the Associated Press: "I’m supporting Adam and what he’s doing because it’s the right thing to do. And so do most of the players. It wasn’t just about Adam. It was always a negative vibe."

Cornerback Taylor Charbonnet, to ESPN: "The players make this team, not one coach. As Adam’s friend, I didn’t like it at all what [Leach] did. He was my brother and I didn’t agree with it. I don’t know why [Leach] did that. But I know we our fully behind [interim] coach Ruffin [McNeil]. We love him and support him."

Charbonnet’s older brother, former Tech safety Daniel Charbonnet, updated his Facebook status to the same effect this afternoon: "For everyone who wants to know what happen [sic], you probably never will. The only thing you should know is Coach Leach and Coach Leach alone is responsible for this. I wish it wasn’t like this." Combine that with the frustration on the team in September — when veterans Marlon Williams and Brandon Carter used their Twitter accounts to vent over the team’s 2-2 start and call out Leach for showing up late to a team meeting after back-to-back losses to Texas and Houston — and it’s not hard to piece together a much rougher year behind the scenes than we saw on the surface.

Mike Leach Fired at Texas Tech

Mike Leach has long been a favorite coach of mine but this year was a tough one for him.  First of all he banned Twitter after one of his players called him out for being late to a team meeting on it and then it is alleged that he confined a player to a small, dark spaces after he was diagnosed with a concussion.  After Texas Tech University heard about it, he was fired with cause.

Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach The school handed a termination letter to Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, just minutes before the two sides were to appear in a Lubbock, Texas, courtroom for a hearing on the coach’s suspension.

Liggett said the letter said Leach was “terminated with cause effective immediately.”

In February, Leach and the school agreed to a five-year, $12.7 million contract. According to terms of the deal, Leach was due a $800,000 bonus on Dec. 31 if he were still the head coach at Texas Tech.

Leach was suspended by the university on Monday after receiver Adam James alleged the coach twice confined him to small, dark spaces while the practiced.

James is the son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James.

Texas Tech plays Michigan State on Saturday in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

Tech is the second Big 12 school to launch an internal investigation into a coach’s treatment of his players.

On Nov. 16, Kansas investigated Mark Mangino, who got a big raise after he was national coach of the year and went 12-1 in 2007. Some players said he was insensitive, though others defended him.

You don’t often see school’s go after high profile coaches like this.  Look at how long the University of Indiana put up with Bobby Knight’s shenanigans.  Hopefully this is a sign coaches will be held accountable for more than their win loss records, unless of course you are a basketball coach in the state of Kentucky.