Memo: James wanted to sue Tech

The father of injured Texas Tech receiver Adam James threatened to sue the university if it didn't investigate then-coach Mike Leach, according to a memo released yesterday.

Texas Tech University System attorney Ronny Wall wrote in the memo to the Texas attorney general that the threat came during a Dec. 20 exchange with James' father, ESPN analyst Craig James. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal obtained a copy of the memo in response to an open records request.

The university fired Leach on Dec. 30, 2 days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated Adam James, who was recovering from a concussion.

Leach denied the allegations, and responded to his firing with a lawsuit against the university.

Philly File

* Villanova linebacker Osayi Osunde, the Colonial Athletic Association Football Student-Athlete of the Year, was named to the CAA's academic team.

* After 11 seasons coaching the linebackers at Penn, Cliff Schwenke is retiring.

* Temple linebacker Alex Joseph will play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge on Feb. 6.

* Bucknell hired Rutgers assistant Joe Susan as football coach.

Sport Stops

* Tiger Woods tops the Bloomberg BusinessWeek list of most powerful athletes, with companies saying he would have held the top spot even if his infidelity had become public earlier last year. Philadelphia athletes on the list are Ryan Howard, 14th; Donovan McNabb, 44th; Chase Utley, 50th; and Allen Iverson, 88th.

* U.S. speedskating star Shani Davis will race in four events in the Vancouver Games, withdrawing from the 10,000 meters and forgoing a chance to duplicate Eric Heiden's feat of competing in all five individual events.

* ESPN and ABC will have crews on site for all 64 World Cup Games this June in South Africa.

* Serena and Venus Williams, part owners of the Dolphins, will skip the U.S. team's Feb. 6-7 Fed Cup quarterfinal against France to attend the Super Bowl. *