James Willis pleads guilty to assault

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A former Texas Tech assistant coach who resigned abruptly after one season has pleaded guilty to domestic assault.

Lubbock County Court deputy clerk Sandra Hubbard said Thursday that James Willis received six months' deferred adjudication on Wednesday that requires him to complete 30 hours of community service and undergo anger management counseling.

Wolfforth, Texas, police responding to a Dec. 22 call at Willis' home say they found his wife battered and bleeding. Four days later, right before a bowl game, the school said the defensive coordinator had left to pursue other opportunities.

The 38-year-old Willis joined the Red Raiders after Tommy Tuberville was hired as head coach. Willis spent the 2009 season as associate head coach at Alabama.