Posted: Mon September 2, 2013 12:00AM; Updated: Mon September 2, 2013 12:00AM
Richard Deitsch

Craig James out at Fox Sports Southwest after one appearance

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Craig James will not return to Fox Sports Southwest as a college football analyst.
Craig James will not return to Fox Sports Southwest as a college football analyst.
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The Craig James era at Fox Sports Southwest will be a short one. has learned that the veteran broadcaster will no longer appear on the network. Fox Sports executives were not happy with the hire by the regional network, according to sources, and the hire had not been fully vetted at the highest levels of Fox Sports management. A formal agreement had not been finalized, even though James appeared on FSS on Saturday night. "Craig James will not be making any further appearances on Fox Sports Southwest's football coverage this season," said a Fox Sports spokesperson, when asked for a comment.

James was a very unpopular figure among college football fans during his latter years at ESPN and statements he made during his Senate campaign last year in Texas -- James declared that gay people would "answer to the Lord for their actions"-- were likely unpopular among some in Fox Sports management.

Last week Fox Sports Southwest announced James was being brought on as a college football studio analyst to work FSS's college football postgame shows and appear on segments of Fox Sports Southwest's Big 12 wrap-up show. "He's a talented broadcaster who I've admired throughout his career, "said Fox Sports Southwest Senior Executive Producer Mike Anastassiou, in a statement. "His knowledge of college football and the experience he brings as an analyst will be a tremendous asset to our coverage."

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