Tag:Mike Leach Miami Rumors
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Donald Trump offers Miami free advice: hire Leach

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We already knew that Mike Leach has one major player in his corner for the Miami job in the person of Mike Leach , but as we've been reminded today, he's got friends in some very high places. Like, Trump Tower high. As in Donald Trump his own self, who befriended Leach several years ago and recommended him to Miami president (and Trump acquaintance) Donna Shalala before Randy Shannon was hired in 2006.

After Shannon's firing, it would appear Trump might have had the right idea after all, not surprisingly for someone who knows from hiring and firing (or so television would have us believe). Maybe also unsurprisingly for someone with the self-confidence to wear Trump's hair, he hasn't been above reminding Shalala of that, and in the most perfectly "billionaire eccentric" manner possible: a handwritten note scrawled across the Palm Beach Post 's story reporting Shannon's dismissal.
No, really: you can see the note for yourself right here . The message:
Donna – You made a big mistake when you did not take my advice and hire Mike Leach of Texas Tech – look what happened to them since he left – (they knew he was leaving) – Jealous! Hire Coach Leach and you will be #1 – And you can now get him for the right price. Best wishes, Donald."
While we're not sure what "Jealous!" is supposed to mean exactly, it's worth noting that otherwise, Trump is mostly on the ball: Tech is almost unquestionably worse off for his departure, and hiring a coach with Leach's impeccable college track record seems like a much, much better idea than trying an NFL retread who's been out of coaching for two years and college coaching for more than 20.

Besides, the U has always been on the cutting edge of celebrity fanhood, and bringing Trump into the stable would be quite the coup; you know he and Luke Campbell would get along famously. Make this happen, Miami.

HT on note image: DocSat .

Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:45 am
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Posted by Chip Patterson

Since his departure from Texas Tech in 2009, Mike Leach has seen his name connected with most of the semi-available jobs in the Bowl Subdivision.  But the recent opening at Miami has someone making a strong pitch for Leach as a candidate - Mike Leach.  

"[Miami] could hire me and we'd have one decade after another of success with students that graduate and don't get into trouble," Leach said to the Palm Beach Post. "...or they can hire somebody else."

Leach, who currently resides in Key West and hosts a three-hour satellite radio program on Sirius, has openly expressed interest in returning to coaching - though his name has not been listed on many of Miami's rumored wish-lists.  He interviewed for Randy Shannon's position in 2006, but the two sides reportedly could not agree on staffing issues with the assistant coaches.  Leach, now with no current employment ties, has gone out of his way to point out his successful coaching record to the people of South Florida. He did not hesitate to mention his ability to prepare players for the NFL, a Miami cornerstone of the last 10+ years.

While Leach does not have any employment ties, he does have some ongoing legal issues surrounding his dismissal from Texas Tech.  Recently, Leach filed a lawsuit against ESPN for the way they handled the reporting of his firing.  It is very possible that those legal issues could prevent Miami (or other programs) from pursuing Leach, but the former Red Raider insists that he has done nothing wrong.

Stay tuned to CBSSports.com as the Hurricanity Insanity continues in Coral Gables.
 
 
 
 
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