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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 1, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 6:59 pm

Leach and Louisville

There is a brand new football stadium here in louisville, (and they are adding to it I may add) and they cant get 21,000 in there. Louisville athletics is and always has been a joke. Their basketball coach is a christian that pays for abortions, and their football program is sh*t....who in their right mind would want that job?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 5:55 pm

Leach and Louisville

Dodd stated that Texas Tech did lose to Ole Miss.

He (or one of his minions) went back and edited it.


Forget Brian Kelly. How about Mike Leach to Notre Dame? Or John Gruden to Notre Dame? Or Pope Benedict to Notre Dame? Anyone but Brian Kelly, please.... he's no good anyway. Leave him for us in Cincinnati. We'll "suffer" through his poor coaching. Wink

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 5:25 pm

Leach and Louisville

Dodd stated that Texas Tech did lose to Ole Miss.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 5:18 pm

Leach and Louisville

Hoosier Daddy, I'm a UK fan, so I couldn't care less.  I hope they keep Kragspot and lose every game forever.

Having said that, the answer to your "why" question is easy......

He would do it, because even though it's a basketball school, it's in a conference he could easily, quickly become competitive in and consistantly compete for a BCS game due to a flawed BCS system.

He would also be at a school that is easy to please in football.  This is the same school that has Rick Pitino and uses the theatre clap to cheer on the basketball team.

If he goes 6-4 every year and gets them to a Dec 28 bowl game and one out of every 5 years gets them to a BCS game, they'll put a statue of him next to Johnny Unitas.

In a conference with Texas and Oklahoma, what's the best he can ever hope for?

Either way, he's in a place where nobody cares about what he does.

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 5:18 pm

Leach and Louisville

great white pumpkin and phil that is funny.

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 5:17 pm

Leach and Louisville

Try watching the movie again, Deliverance took place in Georgia, which isn't exactly a "stones-throw" from Kentucky.  However, if you would consult a map you would find that Indiana is a "stones-throw".  So what does that say about Indiana? 

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 4:45 pm

Leach and Louisville

it makes sense to me.leach will bring back excitement to the program.he style and brand could flourish in louisville and the big east.besides,ul has top notch facilities,indoor practice facility,big fan base,and plays in the big east where he would only have to win 7 games to get to a bcs he would get a chance to stick it to ky every year.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 4:33 pm

Leach and Louisville

Read it again idiot.  It says they got beat by Ole Miss in the cotton bowl.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 4:27 pm

Leach and Louisville

I would love to see Mike Leach in Louisville.  His offensive genius is a perfect fit.  He's not able to recruit guys over the Big 12 South bigboys but he could steal away kids from Cincy and even OSU.  It'd be nice to see another good coach in the Big East.  The conference has lacked respect for a few years (really since VT and UM left).  I hope this is accurate. 

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 4:03 pm

Leach and Louisville

The Big 12 SOUTH is Brutal and nothing in the Big East remotely compares!!  Every year Leach has to face Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. 

It was said that Leach should stay cause he knows how to recruit Texas.  FALSE.  Leach can recruit anywhere because he does not go after the highly ranked players according to Rivals.  He goes after players that FIT into his system.  Leach easily does the most with the least because his recruiting classes are usually ranked somewhere around 40th in the nation yet his teams always make a bowl and are often in the top 25, ocassional top 10.  If Leach wasn't such a different personality he would have been snatched up by a big time program long ago.  He is a heck of a football coach!!

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