Controversial Craig James Takes Leave From ESPN


Perhaps in search of the only other social arena where he could engender even more public scorn, ESPN college football analyst Craig James is taking a leave of absence from the network to decide whether he will pursue a political career.

James has taken a leave from ESPN while he considers entering the Republican primary for the Senate seat currently held by the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX). He will not work Tuesday’s Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, as originally scheduled, and there was no immediate word on whether he would work the other two games he is scheduled to call this bowl season — the Holiday Bowl and the Gator Bowl.

Due to the controversy involving his son and Texas Tech coach Mike Leach — which resulted in the latter being fired from the school, an eventual lawsuit against ESPN, and a book that resulted in writer Bruce Feldman‘s ouster from the network — James is arguably one of the most criticized broadcasters in sports.

In fact, one would venture to say that James is to sports broadcasting as LeBron James is to sports in general: an easy target for anyone seeking to release excess outrage and righteous indignation.

According to The Associated Press, Monday is the deadline to file as a candidate.

(Friday’s news from The Associated Press)