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Craig James on leave from ESPN to weigh Senate run

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- College football analyst Craig James has been granted time away from ESPN while he considers running for the U.S. Senate in Texas.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told The Associated Press on Friday that James requested he not work his scheduled bowl game on Tuesday so he can concentrate on his decision. The news fuels speculation that he is close to entering the Republican primary. He would be running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The primary field is already crowded with candidates who have spent months raising money and gathering endorsements from prominent Republicans.

James was a star tailback at Southern Methodist University from 1979-1982 and later played for the New England Patriots.

A message left with James was not immediately returned.

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