A tweet from Newy Scruggs of NBC Dallas/Fort Worth Sports indicates that Washington State head coach Mike Leach is in line to be the next coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, ending a week-long fiasco in Knoxville.
Sources tell @NBCDFWSports that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee. A deal could be announced Friday. I’m working on more details.
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) December 1, 2017
Multiple reports also indicated that Tennessee athletic director John Currie met with Leach in Los Angeles for lunch on Thursday.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 29, 2017
Reports saying Mike Leach had a meeting with Currie…. pic.twitter.com/XHqRtESFqn
— 929ESPN (@929espn) December 1, 2017
Leach is certainly one of the most fascinating coaches in all of college football — his penchant for newsworthy press conferences alone is the stuff of legend.
His prowess for turning around programs, however, is almost unmatched in recent memory. Leach revived Texas Tech into a national powerhouse from 2000-09, posting an 84-43 record in Lubbock highlighted by a Big 12 title in 2008.
After he was unceremoniously fired from Texas Tech following allegations of abuse against players, Leach took over Washington State in 2012 and is currently 38-37 overall. The Cougars started this fall 6-0, the best start in school history.
The hiring of Leach for Tennessee would mark a potentially satisfying ending for a tumultuous — to say the least — hiring process that was brought to a boiling point last week when Greg Schiano and the Vols backed out of a deal after public backlash.
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