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James on Leach Flap: Most in Lubbock Support Me

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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.