House turns attention to colleges, youth

WASHINGTON -- After holding two hearings looking into head injuries in the NFL, a House panel now turns its attention to college and youth sports.

The House Judiciary Committee said Wednesday it will hold a forum in Houston on Feb. 1 looking at how high schools and colleges handle the problem. The committee held its second hearing on football head injuries on Monday in Detroit.

Next month's forum comes as a spotlight is focused on college football and concussions. Texas Tech suspended and then fired coach Mike Leach amid allegations of mistreating receiver Adam James after the player suffered a concussion.

Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said those responsible for educating and protecting younger players "must have a full understanding" of the issue.