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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: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 12:39 pm

Leach and Louisville

The school is already assured of its third consecutive non-winning season since 1987.Was this story written in 1989-90?????  What does this statement intend to mean?

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 12:30 pm

Leach and Louisville

Leach better stay he has been having good teams with mediocre recruits and finally some good recruits are coming to Tech to play. Next year Tech is going to be very good as they have many people coming back to play and McCoy will finally be gone.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 12:28 pm

Leach and Louisville

Deliverence took place in northern Georgia, near the South Carolina border.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:42 am

Leach and Louisville Why?

I'm not sure why Mike Leach would leave Texas Tech for Louisville as Louisville, like my alma mater Indiana, will ALWAYS be a basketball school.  Leach has shown that you can recruit @ Texas Tech and probably 10-20% of the best players in college football are from Texas, Floriday & California. 

I'm not sure if he's just testing the waters and thinking the grass is greener somewhere else but on paper it doesn't make any sense.

That said I have seen a few of Leach's press conferences where he commented on the players fat girlfriends and that lack of political correctiveness doesn't go over well w/ a 6-4 team and doesn't seem like he cares whether he stays or goes. 

There will be many college football coaching openings by year's end & I wouldn't put Louisvill in the top half of those openings.  Hell you have to live in Kentucky which is where Deliverence too place (if it happened in Tennessee it's right next door so they're only a stones-throw away). 

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:28 am

Leach and Louisville

Since when did the BE become less competitive?  Last I saw it had just as many teams in the top 25 as the Big 12.  There are less teams in the BE so that must mean that they are not as good as the rest of the conferences.  I see.  I would stack the top of the BE against the top of any other conference and they would match up evenly.  I would do the same for middle and bottom of the conferences too.  Not just picking on this article by DD either.  The BE is a strong conference and naysayers need to back off.  The BE has proven that it is just as legitimate as the ACC, PAC 10, Big 12 or Big 10.  The SEC gets a bye this year because they have had a couple of strong seasons, but they are proving that they are not as powerful as once thought with just the top teams performing and even then who have they really beaten?  It's hard for people to believe but the BE is for real.  It may not look pretty with all the pomp and tradition, but they can sure play football.  Just ask your AD's why they don't want to schedule a 1:1 game with them and they will tell you that they don't want to take a chance at throwing away a perfect season.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:20 am

Leach and Louisville

"......It went 11-2 and defeated Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl in 2008....."

jeez Dudd,   Ole Miss beat Texas Tech last year, dang.  You are always making mistakes in your articles.   Last week I had to correct you regarding Bowden and Tubberville in who was the coach of North Alabama.     

You need some one to proof read your articles?    

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:20 am

Leach and Louisville

Didn't Ole Miss win that game?

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