ESPN college football analyst made no fans in Texas after his portrayed nepotism helped Lubbock officials dismiss polarizing Texas Tech coach Mike Leach before the Red Raiders' Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State.
In a conversation with News 8 Dallas/Ft. Worth in which he announced his interest in running for retiring US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson's seat, James made no apologies for his actions in Leach situation when asked if it would affect his political bid:
"Any mom or dad who knew what we knew at the time that we knew it would’ve taken the same action that we did. Whatever the consequences are, we didn’t care about that. We cared about doing what was right and protecting and taking care of our son."