Posted by Chip Patterson
Since his departure from Texas Tech in 2009, Mike Leach has seen his name connected with most of the semi-available jobs in the Bowl Subdivision. But the recent opening at Miami has someone making a strong pitch for Leach as a candidate - Mike Leach.
"[Miami] could hire me and we'd have one decade after another of success with students that graduate and don't get into trouble," Leach said to the Palm Beach Post. "...or they can hire somebody else."
Leach, who currently resides in Key West and hosts a three-hour satellite radio program on Sirius, has openly expressed interest in returning to coaching - though his name has not been listed on many of Miami's rumored wish-lists. He interviewed for Randy Shannon's position in 2006, but the two sides reportedly could not agree on staffing issues with the assistant coaches. Leach, now with no current employment ties, has gone out of his way to point out his successful coaching record to the people of South Florida. He did not hesitate to mention his ability to prepare players for the NFL, a Miami cornerstone of the last 10+ years.
While Leach does not have any employment ties, he does have some ongoing legal issues surrounding his dismissal from Texas Tech. Recently, Leach filed a lawsuit against ESPN for the way they handled the reporting of his firing. It is very possible that those legal issues could prevent Miami (or other programs) from pursuing Leach, but the former Red Raider insists that he has done nothing wrong.
Stay tuned to CBSSports.com as the Hurricanity Insanity continues in Coral Gables.