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Leach and Louisville

Posted on: November 17, 2009 10:56 am
Edited on: November 17, 2009 2:47 pm

The latest from the coaching rumor mill is that there is a mutual interest between Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and Louisville.

It is almost a certainty that Cardinals’ coach Steve Kragthorpe will be relieved of his duties after this, his third season. Louisville is 4-6 with games left against South Florida and Rutgers. It needs to win those to have a chance to go bowling for the first time since 2006. Kragthorpe is 15-19 at Louisville.

The school is already assured of its first consecutive non-winning season since 1987. 

Leach just went through a bitter contract extension negotiation earlier this year. But he emerged with a who’s-your-daddy chip after a battle with AD Gerald Myers. Leach owes no buyout if he leaves. The Red Raiders are 6-4 which ties for their worst 10-game start since 1999, the year before Leach was hired.

The colorful coach is known to have a wandering eye. He interviewed with Washington last year and was reportedly interested in the opening at UCLA  before Rick Neuheisel took over in 2008.

"If there are communications [from Louisville], it's not been with us," said a Leach representative on Tuesday.

Louisville AD, Tom Jurich, is one of the more aggressive ADs in the country. He got Rick Pitino to coach basketball and moved quickly after Bobby Petrino left to coach the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 season. At the time, Kragthorpe was one college football’s hottest coaching properties.

Such a move would make sense. Texas Tech is coming off its best season in Leach’s decade-long stay. It went 11-2, losing to Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl in 2008.

The Big 12 South Division is one of the most rugged in the game with annual powers Texas and Oklahoma in control. A move to the less competitive Big East would allow Leach better access to a conference title and BCS bowl.

Leach is in the first year of the extension which pays him $2.8 million this season. That includes an $800,000 bonus he will be paid on Jan. 1 if he is still at Texas Tech.


Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2009 10:33 am

Leach and Louisville

Ive already heard alot of rumors from l-ville.Ive heard Fulmer,Tuberville,Malzhan(we all know UL loves to take Auburns offensive coordinators...Petrino) and now Leach.I do think one of the SEC coaches would have a much easier time making the bcs year after year and Leach would fit that mold also.

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2009 9:16 am

Leach and Louisville

A minor correction.  In at least half the years Coach Leach has been at TECH his teams were at 6-4 after 10 games.  Last time it happened was 2006, so it has not been uncommon.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:53 pm

Leach and Louisville

I can't see any reason why Leach would leave Tech for U of L. Leach finally got Tech in the limelight last year. Now he wants to trade his problems at Tech for the headache of rebuilding U of L. I know U of L has the money and is willing to spend to build a winner, but Tech has money too. I  know that while Texas has some of the best HS footballers in the country, it is a rough deal with all the schools hovering over the state like vultures. Tech would still get their share with Leach there. It makes no sense. Is Leach negotiating for a new contract?  

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:35 pm

Leach and Louisville

Freaky that you know where Deliverance was made.  Ned Beatty had the hardest part. Did he get paid scale?

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:33 pm

Leach and Louisville

My thoughts exactly. Why?

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 9:53 pm

Leach and Louisville


Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:56 pm

Leach and Louisville

how does that foot taste!  you know before you make yourself look like an idiot, you need to read the article.  you are soooo.... smart, correcting him on your higher intelligence last week and now -- i got you in another mistake --- NOT!!  drink some more beer, pass your GED and get your facts straight.
2008 cotton bowl score:  miss:47  texas tech:  34. 

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 7:46 pm

Leach and Louisville

I don't see Leach leaving Tech for Louisville.  That would hardly be a move up.  He is in a position to command a big move.  Why make a lateral move?  I don't see it.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 7:20 pm

Leach and Louisville

Bite it Yankee boy.  The only extras down here are the massive influx of Pennsylvanians who can't find work up there.  Sorry union labor.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 7:17 pm

Leach and Louisville

It was in Georgia, dillweed!

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