James on Leach Flap: Most in Lubbock Support Me

ESPN college football analyst Craig James, who’s weighing a run forCraig_James_IMG_9364 Kay Bailey Hutchison’s senate seat, says his role in the firing of Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach won’t  hurt him politically–even in the heart of Red Raiders country.

“I feel very confident about our position,” said James (pictured). “Most people in Lubbock support my position. We did what any responsible parent would do. We did the right thing.” A complaint filed by James and his wife over Leach’s alleged mistreatment of their football-player son led to Leach’s firing late last year.

Asked when he’d make a decision about jumping into the Republican senate primary, James said, “I’ve got to analyze it. I’m thinking about it. I’ll announce [my decision] sooner rather than later.”  The former football star was among several luminaries in Plano Friday for the premiere of  SLANT 45 The Movie, a project of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and Big Thought.


  • PR

    This helicopter dad is in serious denial. I attended 6 Texas Tech games this year (4 in Lubbock and 2 in Dallas). At every game I attended the fans were taunting his son — and these were Texas Tech fans!

    One of the loudest cheers of the season came when his son was flattened by a Texas Longhorn defensive back–of course, he dropped the intended pass.

    What he did to Coach Leach is still a hot topic that was widely discussed in the stands and out in the tailgate areas this season.

    The sentiment in Lubbock is extremely anti-James. If he is so sure he has the support of those good West Texas folks, then I dare him to launch his campaign in Lubbock. But despite what he says, James knows that is a bad, bad idea…

  • louis

    Maybe in Lubbock, but how many SMU fans will vote for him?

  • Emily

    Let me take a survey of those people and Lubbock and see how the results compare. I’m pretty sure, no one has forgotten the death penalty situation at SMU, and they certainly won’t be forgetting the Tech/Leach drama any time soon. Wishful thinking James.

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  • Dudosa hermano

    James has shown that he is willing to:
    1. Take bribes
    2. Ignore the rules
    3. Use his position to exert power over others
    4. Stick his nose in other peoples business where it doesn’t belong
    5. Manipulate the media

    Senator James indeed!

  • Jeff

    What a joke! I have to agree with Dudosa hermano on his take of James. IF elected don’t be surprised at what you get.

  • Techfan

    He is joking right? Funny stuff.

  • Denise

    Let state I am no Leach supporter. Really glad he is gone. However, I am far from a Craig James supporter either. I think he has just as big of an ego as Mike Leach does. Just sayin….

  • Brett

    As a Lubbock native and a long time Texas Tech fan, I for one do not support anything about Craig James. The way he used his status to exert pressure on the coaching staff to get his son more playing time was reprehensible. Using his position at ESPN to get what he wanted should have resulted in his firing.

  • PR

    Not sure if the GOP wants him. He has the ethics of Democrats like Terri Hodge, Don Hill and Craig Watkins.

  • a confused lubbockite

    Next week the delusional Mr. James will claim to have more rushing yards at SMU than Dickerson. To whom does he refer in this statement?… both of his crybaby son’s friends? I can’t speak for all of us; but, based on conversations, polls, facebook feedback and news reports, Lubbock HATES Craig James.

  • Bill

    Craig James comes across as a monumental douchebag in the ESPN SMU documentary 30 for 30. I hope he is really not like that in person. I wanted to throw something at the TV with the arrogant jock baditude he was showing.

  • What country have you been living in Craig James. You are public enemy #1 in Lubbock. It looks like Leach was right about your baby being a 4th or 5th stringer, Tubberville thinks the same. He caught ONE PASS all year!!! ONE PASS!!! Stay the hell out of Lubbock CJ!!!

  • I’m stunned that he can even say this with a straight face. Actually needs to get away from all his “good ole boys” backslapping buddies and hear what the real people are saying. They surely have got this state in a huge mess! Perhaps all the bs they tell one another has left an extreme lack of oxygen, thus killing off more brain cells. Before Mike Leach ever heard of Lubbock, I didn’t know any people around Dallas that were James’ fans, now people that have no ties to Tech at all will state that, whatever they can’t stand james. Read the depositions your little boy gave in Lubbock, it was a joke from the beginning, and by the way, just where was he when he got this “concussion”, obviously not at practice, so just where was he, I do know what the rumor in Lubbock is. Do NOT think you are among the responsible parents that I have encountered over many years of teaching. You actually state his life was in danger??? and then put a fake tape out???, exactly what is responsible in this. Go ahead and run, and then just keep running, several of us will be sure to show up at any campaign speeches:) Can’t wait to see all the skeletons tumbling out. Keep believing your own press……….we’re patiently waiting for it all to come crashing down.

  • KR

    What a joke! Add delusional to his ridiculous past.

  • JP

    I really doubt that you are as popular In Lubbock as ya think, and probably never will be ! It’s been over a year now, and I have not heard one kind word about You or Adam. Even your pal Hance has tried to dump all the blame on you, to cover his own rear. Texas Tech football, has some rabid fans, and they blame You and Kent Hance for this years season! But that’s only 40,000 to 60,000 people, so you may be right! HaHaHaaaaaa

  • Matt

    Yea right Mr. James, come to my house and I will show you how I supported you. You are an idiot, a candy*ss, and so is your son.

  • olemydarlin

    If James thinks most people in Lubbock support him, then he’s only been in the Chancellor’s office at Tech or as delusional is Kent Hance is. MOST people do NOT support him nor Hance and would love to have both just stay the hell away from Lubbock.

  • Tucker

    I’m not so sure about the Lubbock behind him comment.

  • Sarah

    Check out one Lubbock news station website KCBD and see the responses to this there. Lubbock does NOT support James. He’s very delusional if the thinks that. Where did he get that information? His son? The one who got beat up in a bar and then claimed “allegedly” that he had a concussion from football? That same person? This is the same man who demanded more playing time for his mediocre of a football playing son.
    This is the same man involved in a scandal at SMU. Even though Lubbock is mainly Republican I can almost guarantee you that if he ran; it would turn Democratic for THAT election. Hands down.

  • Sarah

    Oh and this is the same man who hired a PR firm to go around to news sites and message boards and post derogatory statements about Mike Leach. The same man whose son filmed a fake video, claimed it really happened, then had to, under oath, admit it was a fake. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Du-Oh

    Just give him a mirror, so he can see his reflection and he’ll be fine. He doesn’t need anything more than that.

  • Pamela Stroud

    Added to the above, the poll on the 10 worst of sports football…he is the most hated of all analysts!!!!!!!! Go right ahead, daddy james, and try to run!!!! You will be reminded on a DAILY basis what you have accomplished at Texas Tech!!!

  • Curtis Remington

    Let’s be clear here, James has no chance of being the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate. If he wants to waste his time trying to run, go ahead. He’s an even bigger long shot than Mayor Leppert, and that’s saying something.

  • Mike Ramsey

    Delusional. Methinks that Mr. James has been having his king-sized ego stroked by somebody looking for a lucrative campaign consulting gig. I don’t know who all the candidates might be, but I’m pretty sure that Mr. James would be a very strong contender (for last place).

  • BT

    He is already a great politician. He believes his own BS. He has very limited support on the South Plains if he ISN’T involved in the firing of the winningest coach in school history. Next to zero now!

  • tw

    Last local poll I saw was a major landslide not in favor of CJ.

  • ldsknack

    Craig James doesn’t have the cuevos to walk on Tech campus and shake hands with the student alumni. If he did have them they would cut them off and hand them to him.

    This man is a decitful person that has no integrity and aligns himself with the likes of Hance. No one in Lubbock trusts anyone in Tech’s admin nor their associates. We want honor restored and the removal of Hance from his chancellorship and James from his soapbox will do wonders in bringing back honor and moral integrity to Texas Tech.

    Please stop publishing this loser.

  • PR

    Prediction: By 10:30AM tomorrow, James will have already called up his public relations firm and this site will be full of pro-James comments.

  • Don

    Frankly, I am beginning to wonder if Craig James has emotional problems if he feels like Lubbockites support him! He is probably the most hated person by the citizens of that city! In fact, everyone including all generations and ages, feel that he and his spoiled entitled son are “cancer” to Texas Tech and can hardly wait until they go away! If he says he has more support than Leach, why has the Mike Leach Scholarship Fund raised almost $47,000 with small public donations of $5 and $10?

  • Chef4U

    I’m sorry that D had to even publish this story. I’m sure that you have George Bush, helicopter dad Craig James and his PR firm breathing down your necks. I’m a Dallas resident and you can bet I won’t be supporting Craig James not now, not ever. I never even heard of the man until the Mike Leach lynching. Craig James had declared a ‘spiritusl war’ with Leach. I don’t know who his God is… ($$$$$), but I can guarantee it’s not the same as mine. I got your spiritual war, Craig James… and I’m pretty sure that my God is a lot bigger than yours. what goes around, comes around. and karma never lies.

  • Nor

    Can anyone name one thing that would qualify him for leadership? He photographs well. Next? I am waiting…..

  • Neitherparty

    Craig James is delusional…there is still a divide at tech about Kent hance….but both camps loathe the entire James family. There is nothing redeeming about the entire lot, and when the best tight end tech has ever seen steps foo on campus this summer…his waste of a scholarship should be pulled. He made false claims, damaged school property and is the opposite of every fine west Texan I’ve ever met. Other than that, I love Craig James.
    Next, don’t get me started on espn.

  • banjo

    Oh please! Lubbock does not support this jerk. Further more – the feeling isn’t limited to Lubbock.

  • Bubba

    Craig you must be a Democrat because you lie so much you believe your own lies. But you tell them pretty good. You Boss has a place for you waiting in Hades.

  • Llanonite

    Who is “most people in Lubbock”? It certainly seems they don’t post on this site! If “most people in Lubbock” is reading this, please speak up.

  • Neal

    I want him to run simply for the entertainment value of seeing him destroyed in the primary and all the online discussion leading up to it.

    On second thought, it’s hard to humiliate someone who is incapable of feeling embarrassment or shame.

  • Bob

    We would vote for our dog before we would EVER vote for Craig James …. and twice for ANYONE running against him!

  • roy seay

    James is nuts…he caused a lot of grief wiped out an entire coaching staff and families because his kid didn’t get playing time.
    What a creep – could car less what happened to Lubbock.

  • FortWorthGuy

    WOW!!!! 37 responses to a story posted on Sunday. That’s got to be a record!

  • TTU guy

    You got my vote, Craig! Thank you for getting Leach the heck out of Lubbock!

  • Jackie

    I am a current Texas Tech student, and believe me when I say Craig James has no support with the students that I have seen. Of course, Leach was fired while students were on winter break. Before and after the spring semester started last year, there were protests on campus asking for Leach to be reinstated. I think James is delusional, and I agree with the previous poster who would like to know what “majority of Lubbockites” support him. I have never spoken to another student, Lubbockite, or anyone in the Dallas area who support Craig James. I only heard one person ever say anything good about Leach’s replacement, and that was before Tubberville even took over. I know this season will be listed as a “winning season”, but for me, I would rather take Leach and 9 or 10 wins any day of the week. In my opinion, Auburn can take Tubberville back. I have seen him on television saying he doesn’t understand why the fans are united behind him and “his” team. I will not vote for him if he runs, and I doubt the “majority of Lubbockites” will either.

  • Neitherparty

    I want to give Craig the benefit of the doubt….maybe there is a Lubbock, connetticutt?

  • TTHouston

    Mr. James, why are you proud of what you did? You and Hance damaged Texas Tech’s reputation, you got a honest person fired and made him leave his home, you labled your son a ‘cry baby’ for life and I will never look at you or ESPN with respect again. Some may be glad Leach is gone, but even of those, I bet 99.9% believe he was screwed over by you and Hance.

  • Lex

    Run Craig…. Run !!!! Please Run !!!! You might get the a$$ sucker votes In Lubbock, but that won’t be near enough, because the VAST MAJORITY, of the population Hates Your A$$ !!! You will fare about the same, In the rest of West Texas and the Panhandle !!! I seriously doubt you can muster enough support State wide, to carry an election !!!!! Maybe you should run for Dog Catcher In Celina…If you really feel the need to serve !!!!

  • Matt

    Craig James has no support of anyone I have ever talked to or met or know in lubbock. Good luck with that senate race, sir. You may win, but it will be a cold day in Hell if you win Lubbock voters.

  • david shiel

    You and your kid should be wearing skirts. You are digusting!

  • RHS

    Well, looks like James is a perfect candidate for congress. He has lying down and proved at SMU he will take bribes.

    No one in Lubbock supports Craig James. I don’t see him at football events any more either. He used to go to spring games and practices but I didn’t see him at the last spring game or the bowl practices. If he goes back to Lubbock, it is under the cover of darkness.

  • ThanksForTheLaugh

    I wonder in his world if there are unicorns who eat rainbows and poop butterflies! Won’t work here in Lubbock because we have horses and cows…and they poop the likes of him.

  • PW

    Nobody… NOBODY… ANYWHERE supports Craig James or his son!!!!!! Please just disappear.

  • I guess if you live long enough you will see and hear it all. even after 60 years, first of all what planet do you live on., Craig James.?? It has been over a year and the people in Lubbock are still mad, who in nthe hell do you think you are? You dont speak for Lubbock for one thing. You and your monoply butt kissing espn van kiss my ass and so can the Avalanch Journal, who are in Techs back pocket. If I should go to hell Im go0ing to look for you and your worthless ass son. scumbag..

  • You have to be kidding?? Hate to tell you your about as popular in Lubboock as dirrhea. Noone in Lubbock supports you but your own kind.

  • I guess he thinks his son is a starter too!

  • toby

    Leach being fired says it all. Leach brought it all on himself and his druken lores of past. Everyone know of his sorrid past yet is willing to overlook that and how he treats his players and staff. Good riddance. There are plenty of college head coaches that would listen to their head trainer’s opinion and follow that. Leach chose to ignore the experts. James was doing what plenty of other parents would do. So shut up you whiners!

  • PR

    Toby, out of 4 total comments so far, you are the second to voice support for James. And, your comments are right of the message points provided by James’ PR firm. Have you even been to Lubbock lately?

  • Becky

    Looks like Craig put in a call to Spaeth. Not impressed with their rebuttal. Toby, you need to do some reading. Court documents including depositions are available. Reading them before you commented would have saved you some embarrassment.

  • Mimi

    Craig James must be getting his poll numbers from Merrie Spaeth! But she will say anything if you give her enough money!!

  • This is a perfect example of people in power using the media,in this case ESPN and other outlets. It looks like that the recent decision on Sovernign immunity has given him the thought that he was right. People around the world know that Leach was railroaded especially here in Lubbock. we may have a small voice but we wont forget. Keep on stirring it up , Craig. Lets see if the media will report the anger over this , or if they have the guts.

  • TechEX

    The biggest cheer at any Tech game last season, was when James’s daughter, Adam, actually had a ball thrown her way, got blasted by the defender, and dropped it. The applause and roar of glee in that stadium was absolutely deafening. ‘Nuff said.

  • TechEX

    …and this has nothing to do with Mike Leach being a good coach, bad coach, hired, fired, whatever. It has to do with the fact that Craig James is a delusional, ego-maniacal moron.

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  • ChuckZ

    I vote that Craig James sucks.

  • Mimi

    I just read the funniest comment on another blog: “Craig James is the Kim Kardashian of the sports world.” hahahahaha

  • Emily

    I hope he runs. Let him waste his money and his time. Maybe then he’ll finally realize that the majority of residents in Texas, not just Red Raiders, think he’s a lying, cheating scumbag.

  • Drinkin’ Steve Fawcett

    Craig James has an awful lot of Tim Rogers in him.

  • The Dude

    I am really happy to have Tuberville in Lbk, loved Leach extremely, but we have upgraded. That said, no one in the state of Texas supports Craigay. Or Addie James. Seriously, #1 persona non grata, everywhere. Cant believe he doesnt get that from all the harassment he receives. He would fail epically if he ran for senate, please run, pleeeeassssee.

  • John

    What any other parent would do would be to teach their child to respect their elders and those with authority and not be constantly insubordinate and not that daddy will step in whenever things aren’t exactly as the child wants them to be. Adam James is in for a very long and unhappy life and Craig James is in for the biggest wake up call ever if he decides to enter the real full contact sport in Texas: POLITICS.

  • The man is obviously insane if he thinks for a minute that Lubbock supports him..ha ha ha..craig you and your buddys, Hance, Myers, Bailey, Sowell, Turner, Anders will long be remeembered for being the most despised people ever in Lubbock County… Dream on, CREEP… OH, BY THE WAY YOU AND YOUR BUDDYS SUCK… HA HA..

  • Dixie

    I won’t forget!He wont be getting my vote. He’s a fool if he thinks people have forgotten the many many lies he and his son have told. Last thing we need is another liar in Austin!

  • Roy

    Ha ha… I laughed so hard at this I sharted myself!!! He could win last comic standing!!

  • Billy Don Everett

    Seems like a perfect GOP candidate to me. He is rich,an elitist, a liar, a whimp and has no character. I wish he would do something else. He is a terrible analyst.

  • Brad

    I seriously doubt Craig James will be able to use the services of his PR firm any longer as the PR firm’s insurance carrier has refused and/or denied payment/coverage for litigation fees incurred by the PR firm with respect to the Coach Leach matter. I believe the PR firm principals are close friends with the Craig James family..wonder how strained that relationship is now.

    Craig James..WHAT A JOKE!

  • Mom

    I still think he should have been fired from ESPN!

  • Scott

    Wake up Craig James!! Lubbock cannot stand you! Texas cannot stand you!! I do hope that you run so we can witness the biggest whitewashing in Texas Political history! Please get off ESPN so I can start turning the sound up again on some really entertaining Thursday night games. It was nice to see my son-in-law and his Army teammates put a hurting on your SMU Mustangs in this year’s Bell “Helicopter Parent” bowl game.

  • SUP207

    This is so funny. Surely he isn’t serious. Even his son admitted in sworn testimony that he lied about what happened. He tore Texas Tech apart. I don’t even know if the Tech administration supports him anymore. He is delusional.

  • JTC

    Craig James could not get voted in as dog catcher! This guy needs some serious medical attention. I would vote to revoke this guys Texas citizenship. In my life I have never seen a man with his head so far up his south endzone. I really hope he runs so he will at last know the true, quantifiable feelings of the Raider Nation!

  • Tom

    Ain’t no way this Craig James wins his own block where he lives.

  • Bobbie Reinecker

    As a life long Democrat, I will register as a Republican just to vote against him in the primary!

  • life long west texan

    This is James’ positive thinking…not reality thinking…he is polarizing and quiet honestly I have not heard more than 2 people support him. But no matter how you feel about it how does he have ANY experience that would make him a good replacement for Hutchinson?? NOTHING Football is important in West Texas but Cotton is King, so unless he has a major understnading of farming and our role in the economy and keeping it current in our market today he has little hope

  • Eddie

    I want to run against him.
    another tricky dick upon us free loving republicans

  • Josh Howard says “That Craig James is crazy, man.”

  • Raider76

    Nope…Craig James is wrong. Didn’t support him then. Don’t support him now.

  • Noticed that Red Raider.com has no mention of this on their blog?? I thought they would since they,Craig and Nancy are their heros.I guess Hance has not approved of running this story in Techs mouth piece the Avalanch Journal. Seems strange that Tubbs gets a 500,000 raise about the time that the courts rule soveirgn immunity for Tech so they wont have to pay Leach, hmmmm???

  • PR

    One of the top blog sites for Texas Tech football, RaiderPower.com, has pulled all comments regarding Craig James.

    Appears his lawyers may have made a call or two.

    Glad D Magazine has bigger bxlls than the guy who runs RaiderPower.com (who just happens to work for the university).

  • shootinblanx

    He’s about as welcome as a boll weevil in Lubbock.

  • david r

    What Tech did do Leach was shameful. Craig James has no character. He took illegal money while he was a student. He paid a PR firm to go on blogs like this and act like they support him. Seems as if they are falling down on the job, considering the comments above.

  • Craig James and his daughter Adam score a 10 on the SUCKMETER here in Lubbock, king of the douch bags of all time.

  • Spettel20

    Lubbock hates Craig James and his little boy Adam. The first thing that comes to mind at the mention of his name is SCANDAL! TTU and SMU. I would love to see him run so the skeletons could fall from his dirty closet. On the “down-to-eath-o-meter” Craig ranks too low to register. Just a snobby, selfish, delusional, elitist scumbag. . . . on second thought, he might make a grand politician.

  • Laura

    What in the world has this guy been smoking? Bad enough that he thinks most Lubbock/Tech fans are on his side but he thinks he can win Kay Bailey’s senate seat? No way. There are too many true conservatives already gearing up to run. He should save his money.

  • Craig James, you are a digrtace to Texas Tech, the State of Texas , and West texas, where i own, live, and have a business ! I am a republican and would never vote for your fraudulant, lieing, manipulating, bull $%it yousay out of your mouth! You and yoyr little girl Adam can go on to the the Democratic side along wityh nancy pelosi and Harry Reid cause thats where you belong and take Hance along with you!I want to puke at the sound of you and your pansy daughter Adams voice ! I will do everything i can to do to wreck your future , like your family has done to Texas techj Football! Go To hell!

  • Lets put it real simple, CRAIG YOU AND YOUR SON, SUCK HERE IN lUBBOCK…

  • ad

    If he runs, I’ll vote democrat. And that is a major MAJOR deal for me.

  • ron

    WOW,just WOW

  • Steve

    What a total waste of a human his life has been.

  • Raider Red

    Craig, I can’t wait to get my Tech friends together, wear out Raider gear, and attend a few of your campaign events! I heard your PR flack can’t get her insurance company to defend her in the lawsuit Mike Leach filed against her for slander!! Craig James and Kent Hance should move to Alaska and hang with the half term governor.

  • If I didn’t enjoy living the easy life and fishing in Key West I’d return to Texas and run for office just to watch that worm squirm…

  • Bob

    Well group, he’s still running! I hope some of you caught him on WBAP this morning.
    He’s still lying and parsing.
    He even repeated the Spaeth/ Tech PR line, “Mike Leach got Mike Leach fired”.
    The callers skewered him up one side and down the other! This guy can’t be trusted to have the best interest of his own family in mind. I sure don’t want him near mine!

  • Sam

    Mr. James is simply delusional.

  • can’t you see whats going on here craig is opening up a spot for his son at espn