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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: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:54 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

Why would Brady Hoke be a candidate? He just left Ball State in 2008 for San Diego State and had a 4-8 season. They are 4-2 so far this year but haven't played any of the good teams in their conference. The best guy is Leach, by far. I have no problem giving a new guy a shot but not when you have someone of Leach's talent available.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:48 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

You don't have a shot at winning games if you don't have an offense. I'll take leach any day, look what Oregon is doing, look what TTU did when he was there. He's always had a winning record, beat his rivals, been to many bowl games and if you can put up 50 points a game, chances are always in your favor to win regardless of how good your defense is. Im not saying we are Oregon or TTU, but I would spend money to see a high flying offense out there in a heart beat.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:37 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

The fat little girlfriends are much fatter in Minnesota.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:27 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

Hey Dobb, are you not the same guy who stated Tubby was leaving Minnesota for Auburn, Oregon and Virginia?  I'm sure you had a similiar take on the Minnesota basketball job when that became available. Are you forgetting that Bo Pelini, Lane Kiffin, and Charlie Strong all interviewed for this same position BEFORE TCF Bank stadium was built.  The Minnesota AD just made the wrong choice.  Now all three are head coaches while two are experiencing some success and I have no doubt Strong will fix things in Louisville.

While I'm not saying Minnesota should be anyone's dream job, its not a bad position, especially if the AD makes a new commitment to success within the football program.  What's your agenda against Minnesota?  Leach may not take the job, but I believe Minnesota will hit a home run with their next hire.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:01 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

Can we PLEASE drop Marc Trestman as a coaching candidate for the U of Minnesota! 

He has done NOTHING to show he would be
  A) a good FB coach at the college level
  B) Prove he can recruit.

Dungy hasn't either, but I'm convinced he would be far better at both then Trestman.

Of of the names floated so far Leach is the best fit of this turd of a program, even if he uses it as a spring board to something better.

Sorry, to my friends below us, but if Iowa can contend year after year, there is NO F(#*  excuse that MN can't too.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:43 pm

Leach to wrestle Ventura for MN job.

"You're not following Vince Lombardi here," (MN AD Joel Maturi)  You mean "we're not listening to Vince Lombardi," right Joel?  Dennis Dodd has not weighed-in on this yet, but he is rumored to have Tubby Smith to take the football job, and having Clem Haskins coming back to take the basketball program. 

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:34 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

What was wrong w/ Glen Mason?  They had some really competitive teams under his tenure.  They went to bowl games every year (albeit minor ones) and produced some NFL talent (Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney come to mind).  He built the program to respectibility and to the point where they now have their own on campus stadium.  Leaving behind the dingy old Metrodome.  Minnesota is not going to be Ohio State, Penn State, or Michigan.  But they sure as heck can be a lot better than a door mat. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:10 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

Does anyone outside of the media actually think Leach is a hot coaching property.  He was let go by TTU because he is a nut.  He definitely knows offense, but he could never field a good defense and that cost his team almost every year.  I do not think Leach has the leadership ability to be a good HC.  I do think he would make a heck of an OC, but I would not want him, and my team's offense sucks.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:04 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

As long as the current administration at The University of Minnesota continues to fund obscure non-revenue producing sports, any football coach at the U. is going to have a steep hill to climb. Until the administration starts paying assistant coaches and head coaches what other top tier programs are paying we will continue to have poorly coached games and players. Ideally the next head coach will have played at Minnesota for tradition building but Dungy and Trestman are not fool’s.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:04 pm

Mike Leach on Minnesota

I hear Texas Tech is looking for a new coach now........

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