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ESPN analyst James interested in running for Hutchison's Senate seat
star-telegram ^ | 09 January 2010

Posted on 01/09/2010 9:54:23 AM PST by stainlessbanner

ESPN analyst Craig James, whose complaints about the way his son was treated led to the dismissal of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, may be considering a career change.

The former SMU football player said this week that he might consider running for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat when she steps down this year.

"I’m a Texan. I’m concerned for our country," James told WFAA-TV. "I disagree with the approach that we’re having, things that are taking place, and so whatever door opens up, I’ll look at it, if and when it opens up."

James, 49, joins a growing list of at least a half-dozen Texans who have expressed interest in running for Hutchison’s seat.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010midterms; craigjames; espn; hutchinson; james; smu; texas; tx2010

1 posted on 01/09/2010 9:54:26 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: GOP_Raider; mainepatsfan; OKSooner; Perdogg

well well....looky here


2 posted on 01/09/2010 9:55:09 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

Good luck in Lubbock.

SnakeDoc


3 posted on 01/09/2010 9:57:46 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Life is tough; it's tougher if you're stupid. -- John Wayne)
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To: stainlessbanner

No thanks.


4 posted on 01/09/2010 9:58:03 AM PST by Drea
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To: stainlessbanner

Is he a crybaby?


5 posted on 01/09/2010 9:59:50 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: stainlessbanner
Well, this pretty much explains why the James family was so quick to run to the media regarding the son's Texas Tech "locked in a closet" adventure. The authority's never released the names so the James' immediately contacted the AP. Free publicity.

It that's true it appears Craig James will fit right in as a sleazy politician, regardless of party affliation.

6 posted on 01/09/2010 9:59:50 AM PST by blake6900
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To: stainlessbanner

My vote is going to Michael Williams for Bailout Hutchinson seat.


7 posted on 01/09/2010 10:00:09 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: stainlessbanner
Craig James also told WFAA that he considers himself a conservative and is concerned about the role government is playing in healthcare and business.

Last paragraph. Should have been first.

8 posted on 01/09/2010 10:02:05 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Sorry, James, but your 15 minutes are up.


9 posted on 01/09/2010 10:02:44 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: stainlessbanner

The only ESPN analyst I’d trust in a US Senate seat is Rush Limbaugh.


10 posted on 01/09/2010 10:02:55 AM PST by Mobties
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To: stainlessbanner

Better off as a facial tissue salesman.


11 posted on 01/09/2010 10:07:21 AM PST by usnavycdr
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To: Mobties

Oh man, I’d kill for that down here in Texas.


12 posted on 01/09/2010 10:15:04 AM PST by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Roger Staubach’s name used to come up back when....I believe he’s still conervative, too.
He would be a shoe-in if he threw his hat in the ring.


13 posted on 01/09/2010 10:20:15 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: texanyankee

Better a run for governor, but he’s too busy heading up the upcoming Super Bowl in Arlington. I’d love to get rid of both Perry and Hutchison.


14 posted on 01/09/2010 10:23:38 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: blake6900

Mike Leach is a bully who hides behind lawyers when the going gets tough.

Everyone at Texas Tech should be grateful he is out of the picture.

But, but, he wins a lot of games, so we’re willing to put up with all his baggage.

Yeah, right.


15 posted on 01/09/2010 10:27:13 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: stainlessbanner
Hey...if Barry Soetoro was qualified to hold a U. S. Senate seat, Craig James is as well.

But it doesn't speak too well of the requirements to be a Senator. ;-)
16 posted on 01/09/2010 10:27:46 AM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Jedidah

I’d love to get rid of both Perry and Hutchison.


Neither seems to be inclined to find employment outside of gov’t elective office. At least maybe we’ll get rid of one of them this summer.

I’m interested in the sudden James bit about running for office. There is some connections between the PR group or whatever they are that leaked the James video, James himself and Hutchison. Not sure how this all came about and what the connections are.


17 posted on 01/09/2010 10:31:07 AM PST by deport (52 DAYS UNTIL THE TEXAS PRIMARY....... MARCH 2, 2010)
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To: stainlessbanner

I’m imagining the attack ads on this one.... This guy was “The Great White Hope” when he was a running back for the New England Patriots. Last white guy to hit 1,000 yards in a season (Alstott came really close).

Kind of mixed on this one. This guy put Boise State at #7 when they were undefeated and dropped Texas Christian to #14. Not a fan of his logic. If there was ever a guy who would gravitate to the powers that be...

Can you translate sports rankings into political leanings? Probably not. But I just did.


18 posted on 01/09/2010 10:31:29 AM PST by CaspersGh0sts
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To: stainlessbanner

Gee. I suppose he’s gonna be in the market for SOME kinda job here before next football season...


19 posted on 01/09/2010 10:45:01 AM PST by OKSooner ("He's quite mad, you know." - James Bond to P. Galore in "Goldfinger".)
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To: blake6900

Actually, James would fit best with the Democrats, since he got lots of experience at taking money under the table while playing at SMU.


20 posted on 01/09/2010 10:51:27 AM PST by McGarrett (Book'em Danno)
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To: stainlessbanner

DE - LU - SION - AL.


21 posted on 01/09/2010 11:08:23 AM PST by Common Sense 101
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To: deport

I have no intention of voting for James for anything — never have particularly appreciated folks who try to capitalize on their name recognition and morph into politics.

However, I can assure you that if the James kid had been my son, Leach would have preferred the wrath of God over my reaction. There is no excuse whatsoever for how he treated that kid, and likely others before him. “Suck it up” only goes so far, particularly when a player’s health is in danger.

So there are really no good guys in the story, as far as I’m concerned. And no good guy likely to occupy the governor’s mansion anytime soon.

Pity. We should be able to do better.


22 posted on 01/09/2010 11:51:01 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: McGarrett

Bill Clements, Republican governor of Texas, was chairman of the SMU Board of Governors that managed the players’ slush fund that ultimately earned the school the NCAA death penalty.

As I said in a previous post, no good guys in this story, and we can do better.


23 posted on 01/09/2010 12:01:03 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Le Chien Rouge

My vote also goes to Michael Williams, at least as of now.


24 posted on 01/09/2010 12:08:44 PM PST by olrtex
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To: olrtex

bttt


25 posted on 01/09/2010 12:10:29 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Jedidah

How is Perry on immigration? The role of government and fiscal restraint? What are your issues with him. Thanks.


26 posted on 01/09/2010 12:11:29 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Jedidah
Putting a kid with a concussion in a cool, dark room with a plasma tv is not torture. In fact it's what Doctors recommend for concussed patients and migraine headache sufferers (minus the tv of course). This kid and his dad screwed things for themselves by being crybabies for two years before this incident.
27 posted on 01/09/2010 12:15:08 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: 9YearLurker

Perry says whatever his audience wants to hear. He has, in his years in office, proven to be a smooth talker who is more than willing to sell us out when convenient.

Kind of like Hutchison.

Google “rick perry” with “trans texas corridor” or “gardisil” or “eminient domain” and start reading.

That said, I will in all likelihood vote for Perry in March and November. The most important issue for the person we elect to the governorship this fall will be congressional redistricting triggered by new census figures. It is absolutely critical that a Republican governor oversee this process, including calling special sessions of our legislature that (fortunately) meets regularly only every two years.

Ironically, while I don’t trust Perry on anything else, I do trust him to do right in redistricting, primarily because it’s in his own best political interest. He has proven that he can do this, and Medina is too inexperienced, Hutchison too wishy-washy.


28 posted on 01/09/2010 12:41:13 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Republic of Texas

The issue isn’t whiny parents. They’re a dime a dozen. Look at what they did to the U. of Arkansas program.

You wouldn’t be saying that if the kid in question were your son.

At least, I would hope not. But maybe you’re a crappy parent. They’re a dime a dozen, too.


29 posted on 01/09/2010 12:44:13 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
What are you talking about? Adam James complained that the sun was too bright, so he was told to go in a dark room and wait there until practice was over for his teammates. This after a long pattern of laziness on his part.

Bottom line: James was faking the symptoms so he could skip out of practice. But even if we assume he wasn't, being told to go wait in a dark room did not endanger him in any way.

Craig James is an arrogant punk with a huge sense of entitlement. And it seems he raised a son who is as bad, if not worse, than he is.

30 posted on 01/09/2010 12:50:54 PM PST by NittanyLion
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James would fit in nicely with all the politicians and now he can add killing another football program with his self-serving BS.

The truth of the matter about his son is we don’t know the truth of the matter. By all accounts his son was an entitled punk.


31 posted on 01/09/2010 12:57:15 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: NittanyLion

Yep, the dude showed up to practice in street clothes and sunglasses complaining about the sun hurting his eyes. Coach just sent him to a place where the sun didn’t shine for the duration of practice.

There’s much to this sordid event that we don’t know and may never know.


32 posted on 01/09/2010 12:59:09 PM PST by deport (52 DAYS UNTIL THE TEXAS PRIMARY....... MARCH 2, 2010)
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BTW, what kind of consrvative is he? Rep. or Dim?


33 posted on 01/09/2010 1:00:01 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Jedidah
However, I can assure you that if the James kid had been my son, Leach would have preferred the wrath of God over my reaction. There is no excuse whatsoever for how he treated that kid, and likely others before him. “Suck it up” only goes so far, particularly when a player’s health is in danger.

you have no idea about what Leach did. The infamous "closet" incident happened day 24 hours AFTER he received the concussion. So the day AFTER he came to practice and was probably not allowed to dress but expected to participate in non contact drill, I suppose. Then 3 days after the concussion the player again was told to go rest in a closet or shed or whatever.

Without knowing what grade of concussion there is no way anybody could post here or anywhere what the treatment or follow up is.

Leach probably wanted to make sure that James wasn't goofing off and playing up his concussion by skipping practice, so he made him waste time but not hang out on the sidelines. Actually he did the right thing, there was NO CHANCE that Adam James was going to get a second concussion by sitting in the shed/room/closet. The trainers were put there to make sure he didn't leave.. but if you think about it. It would be the same as being in an observation ward and not being able to leave. The only thing James didn't have was X-Box or friends around.

From what I saw of the young man smiling and videotaping the "closet" , I think he's a douche. However Leach made the fatal error of not realizing that no matter how big you are (I quote Bob Dylan) "ya gotta serve somebody. It may be the Devil or the Lord, but ya gotta serve somebody".

So ESPN, the Tech administration and the James family had a Leach throw down and got his rear booted.

I've seen the same thing many times. No matter how big you think you are, you're somebody's b#tch.

34 posted on 01/09/2010 1:04:48 PM PST by erman
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To: Jedidah

Yes, daring to disagree with you makes me a crappy parent. Well, I’ve learned my lesson!


35 posted on 01/09/2010 1:16:12 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Republic of Texas

Excellent. Glad to do my part.


36 posted on 01/09/2010 1:32:39 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
Excellent. Glad to do my part.

Weak response. Are you going to respond to the facts posted above regarding this situation, or just slink off the thread?

37 posted on 01/09/2010 1:42:40 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: NittanyLion

It’s appalling to me how people will countenance bad behavior if sports are involved.

That goes for both players and coaches.

I like a good game of football. I also think Mike Leach is an outstanding football coach. Odd, in an entertaining way, and a winner.

But if a teacher, or an administrator, or your boss, or any other adult in a position of authority had done what he did to that kid, you’d be wanting to throw the book at them.

Can you imagine a young employee sustaining a concussion on the job and the boss telling him to go sit in an air-conditioned janitor’s closet? What an uproar would ensue.

But this was sports, and this was a good coach, and folks don’t like the kid’s dad, so it gets political, and so it’s OK to rationalize the appalling facts of the case.

It doesn’t matter who the kid was or who his dad was. Politics are not an issue. Intentionally mistreating another human being is, in the minds of most of us, bad behavior.

I’m impressed that Tech did the right thing with Leach. From what I hear about prior efforts to get rid of him, it’s pretty easy to believe that this isn’t the first time he’s crossed the line, just the first time there was enough proof to can him.

I hope he learned his lesson and is able to find another job coaching.

So there. I just responded to the facts of the case.


38 posted on 01/09/2010 2:34:06 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
But if a teacher, or an administrator, or your boss, or any other adult in a position of authority had done what he did to that kid, you’d be wanting to throw the book at them.

If my kid was an entitled crybaby who was always looking for an angle to shirk responsibility, I'd tell him he was taught a valuable lesson. I wouldn't want my kid to think it was acceptable to leave practice so he can go back to his apartment and sleep. Of course, I'm not an arrogant punk like Craig James so my kid will never be so ill-mannered.

Can you imagine a young employee sustaining a concussion on the job and the boss telling him to go sit in an air-conditioned janitor’s closet? What an uproar would ensue.

Terrible analogy. This is more akin to a warehouse worker hurting his back, and being told to go perform office work. Completely acceptable provided a doctor approved, and the much better analogy.

39 posted on 01/09/2010 4:58:59 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: Jedidah

I’ve seen your posts on several of these threads. Do you have any ties to the James gang, ESPN, ABC, or Disney?


40 posted on 01/09/2010 6:14:52 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Nary a one. I’m a Michael Williams supporter and the parent of three sons who played football. Just sharing my perspective — take it or leave it. :-)


41 posted on 01/09/2010 7:16:08 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
I’m impressed that Tech did the right thing with Leach. From what I hear about prior efforts to get rid of him, it’s pretty easy to believe that this isn’t the first time he’s crossed the line, just the first time there was enough proof to can him.

People tend to be passionate when it comes to sports, but it also causes people to look right past the real reasons for thing.

Mike Leach was not fired because he mistreated Adam James. He was fired because he was arrogant enough to take his employer to court.

42 posted on 01/10/2010 8:49:01 AM PST by TexanByBirth (Obama should quit judging the 48% that did not vote for him by the mental capacity of those that did)
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To: CaspersGh0sts
This guy was “The Great White Hope” when he was a running back for the New England Patriots. Last white guy to hit 1,000 yards in a season (Alstott came really close).

BZZZTT!! WRONG!!!



Besides (and this is a joke) the persistent rumors that Craig James killed 5 prostitutes at SMU will linger. LOL
43 posted on 12/17/2011 12:10:28 PM PST by MikefromOhio
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To: bjorn14

He’s dim, just listen to his announcing, but I think he’ll put an R behind his name.


44 posted on 12/17/2011 12:11:28 PM PST by MikefromOhio
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To: Jedidah

He did...he is now the coach at Washington State.

Regarding, James anybody who takes extra benefits and knows there illegal has no right to run for political office ooops wait, never mind.

Texas Tech didn’t want to pay Leach a $800K bonus he was due. Adam James was just an excuse.


45 posted on 12/17/2011 1:39:11 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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