Leach became embroiled in controversy when it was reported by several Lubbock area media outlets that he had wide receiver Adam James, son of ESPN color commentator Craig James, stand for several hours in a dimly lit shed because James was unable to practice due to the effects of a concussion.
According to numerous published reports, Leach ordered James into "the darkest place you can find." That led James to being ordered into a dimly lit shed to watch practice. Two days later, according to the reports, Leach asked for the "tightest, darkest place," and James was put into an electrical closet briefly before being escorted into a press room where he was ordered to stand the entire practice.
The University ordered Leach to issue an apology for his actions but the coach refused and was suspended. Later today, Leach's attorney filed a motion for a restraining order, which would allow the coach to take part in preparation for, and coach in Saturday's Alamo Bowl.
Leach alleges he has done nothing wrong, but the escalation of the situation has predictably resulted in tons of derogatory comments about both Craig and Adam James.
Leach and Athletic Director Gerald Myers have had a rocky relationship since Leach unexpectedly and without university permission, interviewed for the head coaching job at Washington. After a bitter set of negotations, Leach was given a new five-year contract with a clause that stated he must notify Myers before interviewing for any other position.
The team reached the height of an 11-0 record in 2008 before getting blown out by Oklahoma and then losing in the Cotton Bowl to finish 11-2.
The controversy could be a serious distraction for the Red Raiders and give Michigan State (6-6) an edge as it comes into game a serious underdog against 8-4 Tech.