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Mike Leach on Minnesota

Posted on: October 18, 2010 12:40 pm

The former Texas Tech coaching star kind of expressed his interest in the Minnesota job on his Sirius satellite radio show Monday morning.

Asked by the host specifically about the Minnesota job Leach said, "I'm in a position to listen to anybody."

Leach's name immediately popped up after Tim Brewster was fired on Sunday after 3 1/2 seasons. Minnesota AD Joel Maturi reportedly pursued Tony Dungy who declined but then offered his help in the search.

Leach is in the process of dealing with his lawsuit against his old employer, Texas Tech. Other than that, he's one of the hottest coaching properties out there -- a proven commodity armed with plenty of pirate history.

Message boards and Twitter have lit up with the names of some outlandish replacements for Brewster. Jim Harbaugh? Gary Patterson, Chris Petersen? C'mon, get real. More realistic candidates include Vikings DC Leslie Frazier and San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke.

The program hasn't finished above fourth place in the Big Ten since 1986 and hasn't beaten a ranked team since 2005.

"You're not following Vince Lombardi here," AD Joel Maturi said.

"I haven't given it much thought," Leach continued. "But it's a good program, it's in the Big Ten."


Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:16 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

Mr. Mo-Chi said,
"Michigan, hurry up and get rid of RichRod, and bring Leach in, so he can show everyone how to run a spread offense at a high level."

Wow, can you imagine a team with Michigan's recruiting ability having a coach like Leach?  Oklahoma hired his OC last year and Oklahoma State is undefeated right now.  They have to compete with Oklahoma and Texas for quality players.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:23 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

As a U of M alum, a life-long Minnesotan and a sports fan- the U of M seems to always  be torn in trying to be a leader in academics &/or feeding the sports programs at the University.  Hockey has always had success at the U of M, but that is probably because hockey reigns big in MN the way basketball is big in KY or NC. Going back to when I was a kid, Cal Stoll (a poor man's Woody Hayes), never had the full backing of the University in building the football program and the recruits have always been middle of the road. Except for a few successes in getting a coach like Lou Holtz, the U of M has been mired in being average, while OSU and the other U of M in the Big Ten, usually battle for supremacy in the conference. Average coaches, average recruits and average backing from the U of M have led to average or less-than average, results. One would think that when the University got a new football stadium recently, that the U of M, would've put more into getting the right coaches who know how to recruit and can build a solid team that is at the very least, competitive, on any given Saturday. Brewster is and was a joke and the results in games so far this year show that. The U of M  board of regents, needs to stop making this University an automatic win, (in all sports except hockey) on other school's schedules. Hire the Right Athletic Director, who in turn will hire the right coach for a WINNING football team because not only is the school's reputation on the line, but a winning football team, often leads to school revenue and can support other athletic programs. If the regents see this connection and can't hire the right people for the football program, then they should consider closing all sports programs, so they can stop embarrassing themselves.

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:53 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

Did the A.D. really make that Vince Lombardi coment? I'd like to know the context. In isolation, it seems like a pretty tacky thing to say before the coach's body is even cool. Was there bad blood between the two men?

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:40 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

bob the fan--I never said Leach could not coach, just that he is a nut.  Of course, Minnesota is the state that elected a wrestler governor and a bad comic to the Senate, so in hindsight, I would have to say that this guy is the perfect fit for Minnesota.  He can coach, and it is clear this state has no problem embarassing itself on a regular basis, so break out the popcorn and we can all enjoy the show. 

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:29 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

Michigan, hurry up and get rid of RichRod, and bring Leach in, so he can show everyone how to run a spread offense at a high level.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 8:40 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

that is true.  and the emails between chancellor hance and regent larry anders....shows that during the contract negotiations 1 year prior....they were planning on firing him already.  They were already looking for a replacement 1 year prior.  Tubberville was "convienently still available at the 'tail end' of the coaching shuffle" which is rare.  And there is a lot of people talking that his kids were already registered in the Frenship ISD schools way prior to being hired.

Also, due to the poor attitude, bad performance, and no talent of Adam was obvious that Mike Leach was getting ready to pull his scholarship.  No wonder helicopter dad, craig james had to get involved.  My question is....with his big microphone....what did he have on Hance and Co.  and on Tech to be able to blackmail his way into getting coach Leach fired?  he must've had somethin'

Meanwhile...all coach Leach wanted to do was coach football and get ALL of his players graduated!  He was #1 in player the Nation among all public institutions.

It is a damn shame what happened....but if Minnesota knew what was good for them....they would Hire MIKE LEACH!!

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 8:29 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

they need recuits

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:16 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

His teams can score a lot on good defenses. Frown


Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 2:28 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

I was thinking he might take the Texas A&M job which I imagine will be open soon.  As an Oklahoma fan it wouldn't be good for OU and the rest of the Big-12 South but it would be good for A&M.  If Leach had a school where recruiting was easier, he might become King of the World.  Leach was Oklahoma's OC the year before we won our last BCS-NC.  Stoops had been DC for Florida and a lot of Leach's offense had to have held over when we won in 2000 NC. 

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:05 am

Mike Leach on Minnesota

Texas Tech finally got rid of the pond scum fungus that was Mike Leach.  Pity to whoever mistakes him for a head coach.  Coaching the receivers or kickers, but never as a head coach.  Not enough between the ears for that.

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