Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach picked a bad time to pretend concussions aren’t real

Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach picked a bad time to pretend concussions aren't real

Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach has been suspended indefinitely. If he was a radio shock-jock, being suspended indefinitely would just be a fancy term for getting fired.

The thing that got coach Leach suspended was how he treated a player who suffered a concussion, and not just any player, the son of a former NFL player who had to retire early because of concussions. A former NFL player who is now an ESPN college football analyst who, coincidentally, feels very passionate about concussions and the proper treatment of concussions.

The Texas Tech player is wide receiver Adam James, son of Craig James.

From ESPN:

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.”

A source told The Associated Press that James said Leach told him if he came out, he would be kicked off the team.

According to the source, Leach told the trainer, two days later, to “put [James] in the darkest, tightest spot. It was in an electrical closet, again, with a guard posted outside.”

Coach Leach picked the wrong time to treat concussions as though they were things players pretend to have to get out of practice. If he is fired over this controversy, I’m not sure a team in the NFL will touch him. The NFL has been working very hard at changing the way teams treat concussions. If a team were to turn around and hire Leach,  a guy who evidently believes the best way to treat concussions is to make the injured player stand in a dark room for hours, I don’t think the league would react very positively to the hiring.

Texas Tech went ahead and fired Coach Leach.


  1. kathryn says

    uhm. part of concussion treatment is to leave someone in a dark room. the less sensory stimuli, the better. common knowledge.

  2. says

    He should not be suspended because he is a good coach and he KNOWS how to treat a player with a head injury. If you know anything about concussions then you know that being out in the Texas sun and your pupils adjusting is definitely not the best way to recover. And the second practice where he was supposedly “shoved into a dark electrical room for hours”, he was in a air conditioned room on a bike to workout. Next time, write an article, not your nonfactual opinion.

  3. says

    @Dan W: This isn’t an article. It’s a blog post. By definition, it’s my opinion. Furthermore, I didn’t write anything about a dark electrical room, ESPN did. If you have a problem with what they wrote, take it up with them, not me. They even have an ombudsman, so by all means, knock yourself out.

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