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Other ADs also looking at Mike Leach

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach directs his team against Texas A&M in this file photo from Oct. 18 in College Station, Texas.

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach directs his team against Texas A&M in this file photo from Oct. 18 in College Station, Texas.

November 30, 2011

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Mike Leach sweepstakes heating up; plus, what other news Tuesday could affect KU's coach search?

The guys (Matt Tait, Jesse Newell) talk about the latest rumblings from the KU football coaching search on Tuesday. They discuss Mike Leach being wooed publicly by Washington State and what effect that could have on KU's chance to nab him. Also, the two look at under-the-radar candidates and assess where Larry Fedora might rank on the Jayhawks' list.

With Day 2 of the Kansas University football coaching search having come and gone, it appears to be a nationwide race for the services of Mike Leach.

No one at KU has confirmed that the former Texas Tech head coach is the school’s top target, but strong signs point to that being the case. KU’s not alone in that line of thinking, though, as several other schools with head football coach openings also have Leach at or near the top of their list of candidates.

Washington State, which made its opening official on Tuesday with the firing of head coach Paul Wulff, appears to be the most outspoken of the bunch. At a 30-minute news conference to announce the firing, WSU athletic director Bill Moos talked openly about the idea of bringing Leach to Pullman, Wash.

“I know Mike Leach,” Moos said. “Actually, Mike was here last spring conducting a clinic ... Pretty good record. I read his book.”

Moos went on to say that Leach, along with Houston’s Kevin Sumlin, were on his short list of candidates and emphasized that WSU would be aggressive in trying to hire its next head coach.

“We’ve either got to run with the big dogs or admit that we’re a doormat,” Moos said. “We can’t wait and embrace mediocrity.”

While the recent flood of firings has many feeling like the market is saturated with openings, the current coaching landscape pales in comparison to what took place in 1996, when 29 Div. I head coaching openings were available. Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger, who has been quiet about specific candidates during the early days of KU’s search, was happy to talk about the impact other job openings might have on KU.

“The bottom line is, each year we have this, and some years we have more than others,” Zenger said of the large number of openings. “I think it’s a cyclical thing.”

Asked if employment opportunities elsewhere might make landing a new head coach more difficult for Kansas, Zenger pointed to KU’s search being a process.

“That would be the easy answer,” he said. “But even though it looks like there are a lot of jobs open, there are dozens of coaches out there. And we’ve all got something a little bit different to sell. It’s all about fit. And we’re searching for the right fit for Kansas.”

Comments

Larry Evans 3 years, 4 months ago

Zenger seems more prudent assessing the needs of the football program than the previous inept smoke blowing Perkins.

fishy81 3 years, 4 months ago

Well scratch another one off the list. Leach went to Washington. I doubt any big name will take the KU Challenge knowing that they have less than two years to get to a bowl game and a winning record.

westlaw 3 years, 4 months ago

Just read in Chicago paper the Leach is interested in the UCLA and Arizona State

stevieboy 3 years, 4 months ago

Not a fan of Zenger, hope he finds a good HC. We need someone with big 12 ties..

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 4 months ago

Not a fan? What has he done wrong? Fire Turner Gill?

Locomotion 3 years, 4 months ago

Yo,

If the guy is this good and comes, how long will he stay? Just asking'.

Getaroom 3 years, 4 months ago

Yet another multimillionaire in the making. What will it be this time around, a 10 million a year contract with an easy-out-of-jail fine print clause? Probably what it's going to take to buy a non fixer upper coach - so - no more 99% coaches, no more Rocky Balboas for KUA, you go pro, you go......

drillsgt 3 years, 4 months ago

Leech is going to UCLA..besides everybody does the spread now..UCLA already has talent..KU would still rebuilding after 3 years..he can go to the west coast and win early....Ku should go after coach Nutt at ole miss..haha..or bring back C bowen....hehe

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 4 months ago

OKay Misery or K-Suck troll. Ku will go bowling next year. Write it down.

stevieboy 3 years, 4 months ago

ku go bowling next year? maybe Wii bowling...

Richard Payton 3 years, 4 months ago

A few others coaches that would be worth interviewing would be Butch Jones (Cincinnati), Chris Petersen (Boise State) or Kyle Whittingham (Utah). I wouldn't mind Kevin Sumlin (Houston) which has built a great program. Is the possibility of hiring Chuck Long even a remote chance?

3 years, 4 months ago

There might be dozens of coaches ... but there are only a handful of good coaches. Right now there are a handful of really good jobs open so where do you thing the good coaches are going to go. Not sure KU would be classified as a good job with its history.

rockchalker52 3 years, 4 months ago

KU is still in the sweepstakes for Mikey. They have a kajillion dollars & great facilities. I hope it's Leach. Fedora might be good. He kicked the crap outa Mizzou just last year, so I really like him.
We have a good O-line & good RB's, so get a good offensive coach, recruit some guys for the passing game, plus recruit for Defense (you can promise some playing time on that side of the ball). Note to new coach: all you need to do to the uni's is put the names on the back. Other than that they look good.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 4 months ago

ESPN reporting Leach to Washington State.

rockchalker52 3 years, 4 months ago

Well, no Leach, I guess. I really like the way So. Miss. has come on. They're playing Houston in the C-USA championship. How 'bout we take the winning coach from that game? ;-O) Great fun speculating. Rock Chalk!

Haiku_Cuckoo 3 years, 4 months ago

Looks like Zenger screwed the pooch on this one.

stevieboy 3 years, 4 months ago

He was his first choice IMO...Firing Gill after 2 years could come back to bite Zenger..ku needs someone already in the big 12...maybe an o-line or d-line coach?

jhawkinsf 3 years, 4 months ago

Considering what we owe both Gill and Mangino, maybe a high profile coach is out of our range. Maybe.

rgh 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Washington State for taking this mess from our consideration!!!!!

netnetnet 3 years, 4 months ago

Didn't Leach get terminated for basically the same reason that Mangino was canned for? How does that reasoning work?

3 years, 4 months ago

LOL ... no more worries about Leach.

I guess the idea that Zenger had someone in mind before he pulled the plug is not the case. Indicated has has 6 or 10 coaches in mind and is going on the road.'

I am going to rotfalmgo if Zenger comes up with a big zonk on his search.

Guess WA State saved Zenger from a real zinger and headache.

puddleglum 3 years, 4 months ago

6-10 coaches?

really?

sounds more than desperate. If I were one of the 6-10 coaches, I would immediately withdraw my name from the 'hat'.

missing out on Leach is just....unbelieveable. the stadium would have been a season-long guaranteed sellout.

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