Former Tech coordinator pleads guilty

June, 30, 2011
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Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator James Willis pleaded guilty to a charge of assault, domestic violence, according to Fox34 in Lubbock.

He was sentenced to six months deferred probation. A violation could result in up to a year in prison, according to the report. He must also attend anger management classes and serve 30 hours of community service.

From the report:
According to a Wolfforth Police Report an officer responded to the Willis home on the morning of December 22, in reference to a report of domestic violence. Shalane Willis claimed her husband slapped her, hit her in the nose and threw her on the bed during an argument. Mrs. Willis says she ran out the front door to the neighbors' house to call 911.

Willis came to Texas Tech in Tommy Tuberville's first season, but the former Alabama linebackers coach was officially dismissed from the program on December 25, 2010, less than a week before the team defeated Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl.

The program announced he had left the program with a sudden, terse, three-paragraph news release on December 26.

The domestic violation allegations surfaced after the announcement but Tuberville said they were not a factor in his dismissal.

According to a later report in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Willis had been speaking with Florida about joining new coach Will Muschamp's staff, and Tuberville became aware of the talks through a third party.

Willis and Tuberville then came to a mutual agreement that he should leave the program.

Willis was later hired as the linebackers coach for the Hartford Colonials in the UFL.

Tuberville hired Chad Glasgow to replace Willis in late January.

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