Leach says player's father meddled frequently

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (AP) - Fired Texas Tech coach Mike Leach says the father of the player he was accused of mistreating after a concussion meddled more than any parent he's ever come across.

Leach also denied he mistreated Adam James when he spoke Friday to The Associated Press about his firing.

Dismissed Wednesday, two days after his suspension, Leach said it was indisputable that James' father, ESPN analyst and former NFL player Craig James, lobbied frequently to get his son more playing time.

"There's not a coach on our staff that will even remotely suggest that he hasn't meddled," Leach told the AP. "Just because you have influence, power and a microphone in front of you doesn't mean that your son should have any more right to play than the other guys."

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