Texas Tech receiver turned tight end Adam James, the central figure of a scandal that resulted in Red Raiders coach Mike Leach being fired, spoke to media members for the first time since 2009 this week.
"It hasn’t necessarily been as much of a challenge as it has been a learning experience," James told reporters, who conducted the interview with a member of Texas Tech staff in attendance to make sure no questions affected ongoing litigation surrounding Leach's firing.
James' father, Craig James, is an ESPN analyst. Leach is currently involved in lawsuits against Texas Tech, James and ESPN.
Saturday will be Adam James' final home game as a Red Raider, and he says he expects to be booed when he's introduced during Senior Day festivities.
"I really didn’t think about it until a couple of weeks ago when they asked me who was going to walk out there with me," James said. "One of the guys kind of cracked a joke about it and that was the first time that I thought about it."
He says he has avoided the message boards, but the noise will be unavoidable on Saturday.
"When you get 60,000 strong, it’s easy to voice your opinion. But I really have never let what people say or think about me affect me, unless it was somebody that really knew me and knew who I was," he said.
James also responded to reports that he was immature and possessed a poor work ethic early in his career.
"I would say every player as they age, they mature," he said. "And with maturity, you realize you can push yourself harder. Any player comes in not really knowing what their limits are. Some mature faster than others, so I would definitely say I’ve matured as a player, just like anybody else."
James never once considered transferring from Texas Tech, he said, and family members didn't bring up the idea.
"It would have been easy to leave and go somewhere else," he said, "but for me, I never really thought about it. I love Texas Tech. I’ve always loved it. I want to graduate from here. All my life, I want to be associated with Texas Tech."