Trainer considered Leach 's move inappropriate

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A Texas Tech athletic trainer told university officials he did not agree with Mike Leach 's treatment of receiver Adam James after the player was diagnosed with a concussion.

In an affidavit obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, Texas Tech athletic trainer Steve Pincock says he told James he was "sorry" for having placed the player inside an equipment shed near the practice field.

On Dec. 21, Pincock spoke with Tech officials, telling them that he did not agree with that "form of treatment for anyone" and that Leach "wanted James to be uncomfortable."

In an interview a day later, team physician Dr. Michael Phy told university officials that James "may not have been harmed" but he "considered this practice inappropriate."

Leach was fired as Texas Tech on Wednesday, two days after he was suspended by the university while it investigated James' allegations for mistreatment.

James is the son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James .

On Friday, Leach denied he mistreated Adam James and said Craig James lobbied frequently to get his son more playing time. Leach said the elder James meddled "more than any parent I've dealt with my entire career."

Leach also claims he was fired for financial reasons. He was in the first season of a five-year, $12.7 million contract.

CALIFORNIA: Star tailback Jahvid Best , who had 11 rushes for more than 60 yards and four that went for at least 80 in his career. announced Saturday that he will skip his senior year and enter the NFL Draft after a disappointing final college season cut short by injury.

Best missed the final four games of the season after a frightening fall knocked him out and sent him to the hospital with a concussion and sore back.

Best said he's still not fully healed from the injury.

IOWA: Dace Richardson rushed to rehab a broken left ankle so he could play in the Orange Bowl.

On Saturday, word finally came down from Iowa's coaches: The offensive lineman will get a chance to play against No. 9 Georgia Tech in what could be his final game.

"I feel ready; I feel strong," Richardson said. "They just wanted to make sure I was ready to go. From that standpoint, I'm grateful."

Richardson sat out the final month of the season after breaking his ankle Oct. 24 at Michigan State.


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