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The next coach at Washington...

Posted on: October 27, 2008 4:20 pm

No one knows yet but I can tell you that Texas Tech's Mike Leach's name has come up and the coach is interested.

To no one's surprise, Washington's Tyrone Willingham announced Monday he would step down after the season. That was predictable after U-Dub officially dropped out of bowl consideration at 0-7. Please, stop laughing. This is the way things are done. It was certainly a lot classier than what went down at Auburn and Clemson.

Whether Washington is interested in Leach is another deal. Here's what one former coach thinks of Leach and Washington:

"He's kind of made it clear he wants to go someplace in the long run ... (His personality) is not bad, it's just different. I don't think it sells well in an interview. I've always said I'd love to see him in Oklahoma with that talent. Mike Leach, I don't know where you can say he's a perfect fit for because he's an unusual character, but he's a brilliant unusual character.

"That's a place where you can compete in that conference, probably better than 75 percent of the teams in the Pac-10. Neuheisel was smart enough to win there, he wasn't smart enough to mesh with the personality of the people he had to deal with ...

"They have an old-boy group there that is hard to please ... Those boys, they want things like it used to be ... When (former coach Jim) Lambright got hired, he was part of that old school. They loved him because he represented the old. He couldn't quite get the offense cranked up.

"Neuheisel had no chance if he had not screwed up. He won but he doesn'thave the kind of personality that could endear itself. He's so new age ...

"Whoever gets that job is going to have a chance to compete for the conference championship within two or three years. It's a great town, got a great image. You ought to be able to walk into Southern California and compete (in recruiting) with everybody but Southern Cal. If Oregon can't get the players they get and Seattle (meaning Washington) can't, you got to be kidding me."

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Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 11:43 pm

The next coach at Washington...

This is totally bogus!!! Dodd, Tech has the biggest game in 25 years in Lubbock this week and you are talking about Leach taking another coaching position??????? Is this calculated??????? This is goofy blogging at best...and, at worst, is a calculated attempt to influence the outcome of the games by rank and remote speculation for which Leach will, no doubt, have to answer. To think that Leach is going to express interest in this job at this time is LUDICROUS!!! He has the inside track at the BCS National Title Game (and certainly the BCS games). If he made any comment about the job with an 0-7 team in the Pac-10 (which is so weak that a one-loss USC team with tons of tradition and credibility is getting NO mention for the BCS title) then Leach should be shot. Frankly, UW should not want a coach that is willing to pull up stakes on a National Title run to run off to another school. Also, Leach just signed a contract extension which has him in Lubbock until 2013. Wait to think of wild speculation about Leach (which is out there about every job in the nation with him every year) until the off season when there isn't anything better to write about. This week, maybe the games on Saturday might provide better material. BTW...Leach is extremely quirky. I saw him eating at the Lubbock Club (Lubbock's version of a top floor exclusive members-only eating club) with top Tech administrators, in jeans and a tee shirt. He loves pirates and pops in on Donald Trump. He has the driest sense of humor around. He gives dating advice on U-Tube videos. AND HE IS PERFECT FOR TEXAS TECH! The fans absolutely love the basketball-on-grass offense that Tech plays and has for 8 years. This year, the rest of the country is finally getting to see how powerful these offenses can be. (College Football has not had an effect on Leach, but he certainly has had an effect on college football.) The people of this community would do anything for Leach and his family (and it has nothing to do with his work this season) Donors have raised private money to supplement his contract during his early tenure with Tech and his success has caused the University to pay him better than anything he would make at UW. My family even bought a pirate flag and we see many homes in the area with pirate flags flying from flag poles. That is the testament to the effect that Leach has had on Lubbock. It is good to see that you are finally putting a "system" quarterback (Harrell) in your Heisman top 5 (along with two other "system" quarterbacks) even though you and your cohorts all voted against Tech last week, (you guys were only wrong by 50 points). But, if you are going to write divisive crap about the Red Raiders, at least do so about the defense or the running game so that we can just dismiss it as more Sportsline nonsense. But, going after Leach job rumors right now just looks calculated.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 7:50 pm

The next coach at Washington...

Have you ever been to Lubbock, Texas?  Trust me, he wants out.  He has all but screamed it, every year he lets it be known.  I'm not really sure people get him, and until recently his offense was viewed as gimicky, good for a traditional non power, but not the type of offense most teams want.  That has obviously changed, and I think he would be a good fit Washington.  If I could hire a coach, my first interview would be with Tulsa's coach.  That guy took Rice, Frigg'n Rice (?) to a bowl, and now his Tulsa team is undefeated.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 10:17 am

The next coach at Washington...

There's an available, longtime Washington assistant that was there during the glory days. Good resume, Head Coaching experience. From Washington, so he knows the area and the landscape intimately. Scott Linehan!!!! That's your guy. He can bring all his Washington cronies with him and rebuild that once proud program.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 7:27 am

Ozark it's a turnkey operation

that' been run into the groung through incompetence. It has a lot of potential, and coaches know it. Great fan base, good facilities, big financial support, and a nice recruiting base in Washington where there is little competition -- no schools to the north or west, and only WSU, Oregon, and Oregon State within 800 miles to the south and west. In the past, UW sewed up all the good recruits from Washington state, no competetion. And then raided CA and ORE to fill out the roster. It would be nice to get a name coach like Leach with contacts in the Southwest who could bring some skill players up north -- the PAC-10 except USC hurts for speedy RB's and WR's.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 7:18 am

The next coach at Washington...

As you say, Leach would be at the 2nd best program in the PAC-10 at UW. Really would only have to contend with USC. In the Big-12, he's at a 2nd tier school butting heads with UT, OU, A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma schools -- too much competition. No such competition in the PAC-10 for UW.

His personality is an issue. He would have to improve there. He's a little quirky. I like it. But I don't know about the fit at UW. It's a bit of a button-down school.

Neuheisel left because he didn't recruit and the program began declining. By the time he left, the cupboard was bare. That's not the image people have of Neuheisel, they think he's a great recruiter, but at UW in the end he was doing a sloppy job of recruiting with negligible results.

I'd love to see Mike Leach here. Rumor has it he was interested when the job opened up the last time. I hope he puts a packake together to present to the UW administration. Obviously, UW will start looking righ away. I don't know how that will affect current coaches, especially ones with bowl games.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2008 1:53 am

The next coach at Washington...

This has to be one of the hottest jobs out there.  The expectations are near zero.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:32 am

The next coach at Washington...


Great call on Petersen from Boise State.  I think he would be a great fit for Washington.

Maybe even Pat Hill from Fresno State would make sense.

Both coaches have a pretty good grip on recruiting in the West, and both would fit nicely.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2008 8:23 pm

The next coach at Washington...

I have four but I like Kyle Whittingham at Utah and it's close to Tyrone Willingham which makes me laugh.

Randy Edsall UConn

Todd Graham-Tulsa


and something tells me Dennis Erickson will be in the neighborhood.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2008 8:16 pm

The next coach at Washington...

Media.... putting quotes into context? Those two things do not go together. Infact, I am almost positive that the media has no idea what the word context means.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 7:04 pm

The next coach at Washington...

Dennis Dodd you seem to think you know so much about football why don't you coach them!

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