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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: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 3:45 pm

Leach and Louisville

?!!!!!  How bout 35-50%.  60%  Of the quarterbacks you hear about every week are from Texas.  Not to mention a good handful of the running backs.  That alone is 10-20%.  Not to mention WR, DE, LB, OL, etc.  Jesus man,  you midwesterners are thick in the head.  But, like you said, it's cause you come from BB country. 

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 3:34 pm

Leach and Louisville

I have reviewed the Farmers' almanac for 2010. It predicts a great white pumkin to emerge. Phil Fulmer will be the next coach of the Cardinals.    

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 3:20 pm

Leach and Louisville

thanks go cards go. You beat me to it! I was going to say the same thing. Basketball School only?  HA

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 3:19 pm

Leach and Louisville

missippi and ole miss are the same thing get it right. Dont just try to come up with stuff to make dodd look bad

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:34 pm

Leach and Louisville

I think what he meant was that in the Big XII South, either Texas or OU (or both) are going to be a top 5 team every year.  In the Big East, you dont really have 1 or 2 traditional powerhouses.  Sure, every year another team jumps up and makes a run, and the conference is one of the best in the country this year....but i think most would agree that he would have a better chance at winning a conference title at Louisville in the Big East, than he would at TTech in the Big XII south. 

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:21 pm

Leach and Louisville

Hey retard hoosier daddy, Deliverance was in North Georgia and who are you to be talking about Kentucky?  You're from Indiana dude....Indiana.

And since you've already shown your ignorance of movie locations, let me bring you up to speed on other ignorant statements you've made.  Louisville is one of only two schools to have teams in a BCS bowl, a final four, a college world series, and a womens final four in the past five years.  Add to that a top 5 ranking in soccer, a top 20 ranked track and field team and a top 15 ranking in softball and you have one of the most dominant schools in all of college sports......its far from just a basketball school, moron. 

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:17 pm

Leach and Louisville

What part of "It went 11-2, losing to Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl in 2008." did you not understand?

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:01 pm

Leach and Louisville

Louisville will definitely be in the "top half" of job openings this winter.  That's a very foolish statement.  This is a team in BCS conference, who just finished an expanded stadium, with a solid fan following in a college sports town.  They are in close proximity of very fertile recruiting grounds in southwest Ohio.  It's not an upper echelon job (Notre Dame, Michigan, etc), but it'll at least equivalent to probably Maryland and Virginia openings and is far better than any non-bcs possible opening.  It'll be a top 5 opening this winter.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 1:47 pm

Leach and Louisville

That's pretty funny coming from someone from Indiana.  Does IU even have atheltics anymore....

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 1:24 pm

Leach and Louisville

Ga - SC border is a perfect place for that movie.No shortage of extra's.

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