We are approaching a point where Tennessee’s search is threatening to become more entertaining than the 2017 season.
Mike Leach? Seriously, how do you get from Greg Schiano to Mike Leach in a matter of days? I mean, what’s the common thread between Schiano, Doeren and Leach besides “thanks for taking my call”?
While UT hiring the Pirate would be pure manna from heaven from a blogger’s perspective, we all know this ain’t gonna happen, right? Does this sound like a description of the kind of person school administrators want to hire?
The potential hiring of Leach, a notable eccentric and defiant non-conformist…
Leach also led Texas Tech to 10 consecutive bowl seasons as the head coach there from 2000-2009, but left under controversial circumstances that still linger. Leach was fired from Texas Tech while the university investigated Leach’s handling of a player with a concussion.
The player’s accusations ended up being refuted by witnesses, but there’s still lingering bitterness and questions over money Leach said he’s owed.
Leach told USA TODAY Sports in June: “It’ll never go away until this thing is settled. And it should be settled, because why should the future generation bear the black eye and the cloud that their university cheated their most successful coach in history?”
Besides, here’s the real tell.
The Vols and Leach have not negotiated, and a deal between the two is not imminent, a source told ESPN.
When Leach surfaced as a potential candidate elsewhere last week, WSU president Kirk Schulz met with athletic department officials and decided that if Leach were to leave, they would make defensive coordinator Alex Grinch the primary target to replace him, sources told ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura.
At that time, WSU was already engaged in talks with Leach’s representative on a raise and contract extension. An offer was presented to Leach’s representative this week, and he was underwhelmed by the offer, sources told Bonagura.
Leach had a good relationship with former WSU athletic director Bill Moos, and after Moos left to take the same job at Nebraska on Oct. 15, Leach made a recommendation to Schulz on a possible successor. The job has yet to be filled, and Leach has grown frustrated by the lack of communication about the search process, a source told Bonagura.
If you’re an unhappy coach, you’d be an idiot not to use the Tennessee opening as leverage. Whatever else you might say about Leach, he’s not an idiot.
Here’s hoping Currie’s got at least another dozen names on his list. I’ll need something to get through the dead time in January after the national title game.