Report: Craig James to enter politics

Updated: December 13, 2011, 5:19 PM ET
ESPN.com

ESPN college football analyst Craig James will run for an open U.S. Senate seat from Texas, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.

James, who played collegiately at Southern Methodist in Dallas, will file papers to run in the Republican primary by a Thursday deadline, the paper said, citing sources close to James' campaign.

An ESPN spokesman issued a statement for the network, saying: "Craig told us today that he hasn't decided if he plans to run."

The Texas Republican primary is March 6. The general election is next November. The seat is currently occupied by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican who is not running for re-election.