For Texas Tech football fans, perhaps the only thing more stressful than witnessing ESPN broadcaster Craig James effectively oust their winningest coach in school history during the offseason for illegitimate reasons has been the last two weeks.
(Craig James said it, not us)
The Red Raiders suffered a blowout 52-38 loss to lowly Iowa State last week - allowing an improbable touchdown to the Cyclones on an onside kick in the process. Then today Texas Tech took on Baylor, another Big 12 also-ran that during former coach Mike Leach’s tenure was normally viewed as a breather on the schedule.
But under new, defensive-minded Tommy Tuberville, Tech’s defense surrendered 38 points to the Bears while incredibly allowing another freak touchdown on an onside kick in barely escaping with a 45-38 victory. The win allowed the Red Raiders to narrowly avoid starting the conference season 0-3, something Tech fans haven’t seen since 1990, ten years before Leach started his decade-long run of excellence at the school.
With such freak events going against Tech the past two weeks - including the shredding of a defense never seen during Leach’s tenure - I got to thinking about a quote ESPN’s James blessed us with about his ousting of Leach during his sermon at a Dallas evangelical church last May:
“I have felt strongly that we have been in a spirtual war for the past four months. Our faith, our christian family has sustained us. … It’s important to lead a godly life.”
Five months before James started his own “spiritual war” against Leach by threatening to sue the school unless it fired the coach late last year - a threat that has been confirmed by Tech Chancellor Kent Hance and Tech attorneys but gone virtually unreported by main media - apparently his god also instructed him to badger then-current Texas Tech assistant coaches about son Adam’s playing time: