Honk if you’ve been contacted for the Tennessee coaching job.

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.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Mike Leach. Yar!

15 responses to “Honk if you’ve been contacted for the Tennessee coaching job.

  1. Bulldog Joe

    Vol fans getting excited again. Rumor is UT has contacted Charles Grodin.

    The 82-year-old Grodin admits he has never before been a football coach, “But I’ve played one on TV”.

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  2. If the Pirate were a serious candidate, I think he would have been contacted before Jeff Brohm and Dave Doeren. Unless Chucky had a change of heart, no one in Hillbilly Nation is going to be happy with the result … and I’m fine with that.


    • Biggus Rickus

      Everyone’s a serious candidate at this point. Tennessee is calling anyone with a halfway decent resume. I think Leach would be great. He’d be endlessly quotable and never make them a serious threat to Georgia if the program is in as good a shape as it looks right now.


  3. Mayor

    Leach is eccentric but he’s a good coach. With all the incompetence being show by UT and its AD I am still concerned that the toothless nation may accidentally fall into a good hire.


  4. 81Dog

    Schiano and Leach are both protein based life forms. That’s about the lowest common denominator I can find. Mazel tov, Vols!


  5. dawgman3000

    After the way they conducted themselves as our players were injured on their booby trap of a field, this couldn’t be happening to a more deserving bunch. Happy trails in the wilderness UT.


  6. TN Dawg

    John Currie may not be much of an AD, but he is a helluva sports agent.

    By the time this is over, he will be almost single-handedly responsible for getting 7 or 8 coaches a contract extension and pay raise and setting up the dominoes for another dozen or so coaches getting future contracts so obscene that it will spawn 2 years worth of Get the Picture posts on how players should get paid!


  7. Cojones

    I’ve read that the announcement of Leach as HC will occur today.

    And he continues not to be paid by TT. That makes you wonder if he will negotiate court time into his coaching job.


  8. Macallanlover

    If they are talking about accepting Junior, or taking Tee Martin (with or without Foolmer as his assigned mentor), you can bet Leach is a viable candidate/ I don’t see The Pirate as a good fit with the Vol fanbase, thought he would have been top of the list for Arky though.

    Wednesday I sent an email to a TN friend of mine who is in the printing business. I suggested he immediately print 50K orange and white bumper stickers with almost the exact message as your header. Only difference was I suggested “Honk if you have not been contacted by Currie for the UT coaching job”…figured it would cut down on on the noise pollution and avoid road rage incidents. Advertise on the net, set up a PO Box to collect $5 cash, send me one dollar of all that are shipped.


  9. Bill Glennon

    Common denominator is that they have all been head coaches before. That’s the Vols must have. It eliminates a lot of good candidates, and leaves you exposed to overpaying for someone with baggage or being used as a negotiating ploy. They could’ve hire an assistant like Brent Venables who would do things the right way and build for the future.

    The pirate ship has sailed now though. How can you interview the head swashbuckler and end up hiring the first mate? The Clay Travis mob would throw him overboard.

    If I’m an AD, I take the assistant route. UT shows that the “safety” of “head coaching experience” carries its own risks.


  10. AusDawg85

    WANTED: “Champion of Life” to lead a group of gas pumpers into the Opportunity of NOWHERE. Prior experience preferred, although employer is becoming increasingly flexible. Top compensation guaranteed for life. Must wear orange and have poor haircut among other questionable styling habits. Ability to raise money from grossly under-educated supporters required. Executive cabin in the woods and coon dogs under the porch provided. Only serious inquiries need apply to #bailusoutplease.


  11. Beege

    Vols and a Grinch and a Leach and a Moos?

    Who’s writing this shit, is it Dr. Suess?


  12. Now Fulmer is the AD. This matches Ole Miss for popcorn consumption. Maybe Currie is going to Wazzu.