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Tuberville's first order of business

Posted on: January 10, 2010 11:02 am

Texas Tech rebounded nicely. No, make that threw down a slam dunk with the hiring of Tommy Tuberville.

The decision put a Wild, Wild, West, yahoo (not the website) program back on the tracks. Apparently, there is someone out there in West Texas with a level head. Tuberville was, as they say, was the best athlete left on the draft board. National championship caliber, great recruiter, great coach.

Good to see it looks like he will keep some elements of Mike Leach’s offense. This is a coach who could recruit well enough to challenge Texas and Oklahoma now and then.

I’ve got his first order of business, though: Do not renew Adam James’ scholarship. It’s clean, it’s legal and there are no messy entanglements with Craig “The Helicopter” James. It’s clear the kid can’t play. Do what is usually done when players don’t progress or measure up.

Adam James is a redshirt sophomore who has caught 32 career passes. But it’s not even about the production. It’s about Texas Tech cleansing its soul and moving on. Leach was fired for his alleged mistreatment of James. That trumps everything else. I’m not going minimize the issue.

But Tuberville doesn’t need a cancer on the team.

Second thing I’d do: tear down that “shed”, “garage” or whatever you want to call it where Adam James was reportedly placed. If it stands, it will become a landmark where mom, dad and the kids will come to see on vacation. Not good.

Tubs can do without a whiny, daddy’s boy receiver who is lucky to have a scholarship in the first place. But Tuberville doesn’t have to say, or even think, any of that.

Just serve the kid notice, Tubs. No one can complain. You’re trying to build a program. Adam James doesn’t fit in.



Category: NCAAF
Tags: Texas Tech

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2010 4:28 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

Is everyone here not aware that Craig James and Tommy Tuberville were colleagues at ESPN?  You think he is going to get rid of Adam James or do away with his scholarship?  Hogwash!  You can go ahead and consider Adam James a starter during the 2010 season.  It will be like it was when Adam James was in high school.  His high school football coach said, "There were two coaches.  Craig James coached Adam, I coached the rest of the team.  I was never so glad to see a kid graduate!"  And now that Tuberville is the head coach at Tech, Craig James' presence will be even more annoying.  It's the good ole boy's club, and both of these men are lifelong members.   

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2010 3:47 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

Hmmm, care to elaborate, or are you just here to make ignorant statements and move on?  I hate seeing Leach go, and more than anything else, I think the university reacted too quickly.  However, with that said, they couldn't have done a better job of replacing him.  I'm watching his introductory press conference as I type this, and he's markedly more media friendly than Leach was, and his reputation/track record precedes him.  He's a proven winner (see his record against SEC competition, especially in-state rival Alabama), a proven recruiter (see the number of his recruits currently playing on Sundays), and is the best candidate out there to get Tech to the next level and get them in a position to compete with UT and OU on a regular basis.  What this program needs is a couple years of proving to the Big XII South that we are here to stay and that we can beat OU and UT in the same season (I'm not sure that's happened before).  If Tuberville can do that, then noone can can say that he failed or that he was the wrong choice.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2010 3:23 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

saban nation needs to go ahead and build the statue so u bammers can go neil and worship now .i needed supplies 2day and i-65 is blocked off cause all u saban worshipers can go get a pitcher took with a trophy how silly

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2010 2:33 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

I would absolutely cut Adam James loose as the kid hasn't wanted to be at Texas Tech since the first day he saw his competition at Wide Receiver and/or H-Back. He can't beat anyone out for a position and his Daddy a.k.a. Craig "Big Daddy James" he of the death penalty contributors at SMU wants him to play at his beloved SMU. 

I do find some of the hateful comments /posts etc. already directed toward Tommy Tuberville at this point quite amusing as all
the guy did at his previous stops was win for that respective school. Further it's quite apparent those few vitriolic posts were from small minded fans with an agenda related to nothing but the past. 

Now in regard to tearing down the storage shed... Dodd makes somewhat of a fair suggestion as the building / shed (whatever) might possibly lead to being somewhat of a distraction.... if someone is that mentally weak and / or intellectually challenged. It has amazed me from day one all of the wildly inaccurate comments in regard to the storage unit after Craig "Big Daddy" James was allowed on a national podium provided by none other than ESPN trying to portray the building in question as a 2x2 closet holding his sweet little baby child in the dark when in reality it is anything but that. It's unfortunate poeple can't see for themelves the size of the building but at this point who cares anymore. 

I do know this... the saddest and most embarrasing stories for Texas Tech and Mike Leach are yet to unfold at this point. That day sadly comes once Mike Leach's lawsuit get's filed and introduced in court as there are going to be things that come out that are quite frankly damaging to BOTH Mike Leach and Texas Tech University. Yes I liked the hell out of Coach Leach but frankly he made some really stupid mistakes that were completely unncessary and yet at the same time the Texas Tech Administration offcials clearly conducted themselves no better no manmy an occassion and that WILL come out in court. 

This story isn't over a by any stretch of the imagination... and I can guarantee everyone... it's only going to much uglier for both parties.       

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2010 2:23 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

There are a lot of assumptions in this article. Is Craig James a Helicopter parent? Don't know, doubt Dodd does either. Know , different than what you think or assume. I doubt Mike Leach was talking to DD about Adam James.

We are also assuming the kid wants to come back to Texas Tech. Tuberville may not need to do anything.

The shed, as a free standing storage device, is not a distraction. I am not a Dodd basher, but this really is drivel.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2010 1:59 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

I don't think Tubs will cut James loose. However, I think he will talk to Adam James and tell him he will be watching him closely and if he screws up, tubs will show him the door.  

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2010 1:59 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

O.k...duly marked. Now in five years when he hasn't failed are you going to be around to say you were wrong?

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2010 1:54 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

I don't know why CBS prints Dodds drivel.  It is quite obvious that he never participated in sports.  How can Texas Tech claim the so called moral high ground, when they hired Bobby Knight--chair throwing and choking a player.  They just used whatever excuse they could find in order to not pay him.  With Tubbervill the coach, the AD better have a long list of Offensive Coordinators on speed dial.  Once Leach's recruits finish their eligibility, they are gonna learn one important fact about Tubberville--he doesnt like to work for his recruits.  Saban out recruited him from the start and Tubberville jumped at a chance to quit the SEC.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2010 12:27 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

Before I even clicked on to read the story, I ran through in my mind, what the first thing I would do, and Bingo, you said it. Good thinking.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2010 12:05 pm

Tuberville's first order of business

I agree with the your opinion of the first steps to be taken as head coach.  I think somewhere between Adams story and Mike's story you find the truth.  That's the way most situations unfold.  Nobody is going to tell the whole story if it makes them look bad.  Like I said, somewhere between  the two stories lies the truth.  Erase the whole situation as much as possible and move on.  The shed and Adam would be nothing more than a distraction.

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