What job wouldn't Leach be interested in?
Leach interested in Minn. job
child protection services.
He would probably be interested in that too.
Concussion Experts of America?
is right up the road from the Minnesota campus.
He would have his own closet... and the key.
evaluator and spokesperson for Jenny Craig.
Heard the sisterhood is really upset with him.
Nanny for the James family.
the Minnesota administration is going to be too keen on him. Leach is still too much of a risk. They're going to go conservative after having been burned by taking a flyer on Brewster.
I'd love to see him up there, though. The Big 10 would get a whole lot more interesting regardless of what their team accomplishes.
Leach is still too much of a risk.
I hope you aren't implying that Leach might not be a good coach. He built Texas Tech into a nationally ranked team. What else would he have to do to prove himself?
I believe he was referring to his coaching policies and why he was axed from his old job.
You mean how butthurt Craig James got about his son's playing time?
If Craig James wasn't a national talking head on ESPN, Leach would still be at Tech and competing for big12 titles.
Don't know about that. Tech was looking for a reason to fire him.
Texas Tech officials almost certainly know more about what went on than you or I do. They deemed it a terminable offense. There is no reason to disbelieve that.
From what I gathered, Texas Tech officials and Leach had not seen eye to eye for some time prior to the Adam James shenanigans. See JungleChop's post above - there's a strong case to be made that either they were looking for an excuse to give him the axe, or in less conspiratorial terms that locking Mr. James in timeout was but the last straw.
Strange thing, this "there's no reason to question the official statement" trope that's been bandied about here lately.
All that doesn't change the fact that he punished a concussed player instead of sending him for medical treatment. People defending Leach have rationalized it by calling James a crybaby and claiming that the shed was actually comfortable or whatever. It doesn't change the facts of what happened.
That is only if you believe the James family side of the story. I find it more credible that many players were willing to step out and say that James was a baby and had a huge sense of entitlement. Also, it came out that James went into that electrical closet on his own and was specifically told NOT to go in there. We probably will never know the whole truth, but I don't think you can just matter a factly state that he punished a concussed player, bc there are many stories that directly refute that.
There are two sides to every story. I'm going to not trust the collage age kid that just happens to have 'silver-spoon-itis'.
Leach told Adam James not to come to practice that day if he was not going to participate. James, being a smart-ass, showed up anyways with sunglasses on, but would not participate. James had already received medical treatment.
Creative punishment isn't illegal. The kid said he couldn't practice, came to practice in normal clothes (e.g. not prepared to work out) and sunglasses, claiming sunlight was exacerbating his condition. Leach sent him somewhere there was no sunlight. (an equipment shed). As a former fball player, my take: 1. fuck James for cocking off like that to a coach. Showing up not ready to at least run or do something productive is an insult to the team; and 2. good for Leach showing his team that he doesn't care who your parents are, he expects everyone to follow the same rules. So what if the guy's punishment was a little off kilter? No one got hurt, save maybe the ego of Craig/Adam James and, honestly, who cares if their self-esteem was damaged?
Also, that would suck if Minnesota hired him. Personally, as an Indiana alumni, I was hoping for Leach to go IU when everyone realizes that Lynch is a career loser who can't coach defense.
in that he's a loose cannon. He can certainly coach, but I don't think the administration has much of a stomach for his potential antics.
I love the guy, but from what I have seen out of MN they want someone squeaky-clean and dignified. They don't have enough Maalox on hand to deal with Leach.
I disagree. I think they know they need a spark.
If Minnesota wants to be legit, they will have to take a chance no matter what. Minnesota would be lucky to have leach; but as I said in another thread, Minnesota will be in our division next year, so I don't mind them continuing their gopher ways.
What other coaches are available? I hear ND fans are disappointed Kelly's not taking them to a BCS Championship, so maybe he'll become available.
I would love to see his press conferences though, funny guy.
"My players can't play with a guy like Denard, he's too fast, it just isn't gonna happen, they're too used to chasin' their fat little girl friends around!"
-Leach (sometime in the near future)
I am just glad that wouldn't be a "this year" type of thing. Can you imagine if Leach was there and had his offense up and running, what they would do to the Michigan Defense right now sheesh... Here's to program transition!
Brewster = Suck
Leach = Loose cannon who can coach his azz off
I don't want to play any Leach coached team on a yearly basis. Not good for ulcers and what not.
This makes way too much sense for it to happen. Leach knows how to win with the 3rd or 4th-best recruits in Texas, so imagine what he could do with better resources, a more established name, and even lower expectations from a fanbase. He would immediately open some form of a pipeline in Texas, would have first crack at some decent MN talent, and would make Minny a dangerous team even if they never eclipse the likes of OSU/UM/Wiscy/Iowa in the B10. And for all of the concerns about his departure from TT, I'm fairly certain you won't see a repeat at Minny.
Sounds great to me, too.
Academically, Minnesota is in a different class academically from Texas Tech (who has no peer in the Big Ten, or even close ... not even Sparty). Leach is an educated guy, but I wonder if his general looniness would spook the UMinn administration too much.
Do you really think that it would be easier to recruit at Minny than at TT?
Minnesota just built a brand new stadium and ... have you ever been to Lubbuck Texas?
Lubbock bllloooowwwsssss and is at least 3 hours from anything relevant.
Much easier. In Texas, TT is maybe the 3rd or 4th most-relevant program, depending on how you view TCU. In Minny, a coach will have a legit chance at any in-state talent, plus neighboring states like the Dakotas and, really, the rest of the B10. Plus, Minneapolis is a great city, the stadium is beautiful, and the academic rankings are quite a bit better than TT, which would also help.
The Dakotas are not exactly known as a hot bed for football talent. Just because the Dakota schools beat Minnesota every year does not mean they should start relying on the talent here.
Oh yeah, I know that the Dakotas are not major talent pools by any stretch, but still, they are nearby states that must produce at least a couple of D1 prospects a year. Leach has shown an ability to win with "system guys" over raw talent, so having even mediocre talent would probably push Minny up from the abyss that was Brewster.
Exciting, dynamic coach with contacts in TX. You have a new stadium to fill. If you are Minnesota, who cares if he is nuts.
co-ordinator. As a head coach with discipline etc. not so much.
Howeva, Golden Spoon James is a snot along with his daddy. Craig has a lot of nerve to call people on integrity. SMU, Death Penalty anyone?
Leach had a better graduation rate and record of player discipline than just about any coach I can think of. This wapo article says it was 79%, good for 8th best in the country.
Also, I can't think of a single high profile player discipline incident, but that might be because I dont follow Texas Tech.
Hiring Leach would be a nightmare for us. He takes random QB parts and figuratively assembles them into human artillery pieces. The prospect of facing a Leach offense on a semi regular basis is terrifying.
I'm hoping Minnesota goes the ultra safe and conservative route, and hires Steve Addazio from Florida.
Steve Addazio is a great position coach and a horrible coordinator. The peter principle is telling you is he should be a position coach. Why give him a chance as a head coach?
because he wants Minnesota to suck
Put heaters in the tool sheds near the practice field.
I'm imagining the Harrell - Crabtree passing spread vs. our secondary and may just crawl under my desk and sulk.
We should clarify that all Leach said was "I'm in a position to listen to anybody."
that's right, but he said that in response to a specific question about the minnesota job. since it's rare to see a candidate affirmatively mention a job he's interested in, this is about a strong of a show of interest as you're going to find.
It's rare to see a coach who is currently employed talk about another job, but a guy in Leach's position is free to say whatever he wants. That statement could mean anything.
you're right, what i was saying applies more strongly to employed coaches, but even unemployed ones don't like to be seen as openly campaigning for a job. they think it makes them look desperate, right or wrong.
but a guy in Leach's position is free to say whatever he wants
I agree with you here, but Mike Leach says whatever he wants all the time, no matter what the situation.
That would qualify for the 2010 Understatement of the Year Award (if there was such an award).
What happened at Texas Tech I can't speculate on. It seems like he has always been a coaching outsider. But if you ever see his schemes - he is the passing equivalent of RR. He gets people one on one in space, and dares your secondary to cover his fast small guys and keep up the pace. People may have forgotten, but Randy Walker did the same thing at Northwestern and was very successful.
Unlike others, the Big Ten being the Big Two and everyone else was actually not good for the league. The fact that other teams have developed and become real teams in their own right is important and makes overall competition better. It is what is forcing Michigan to be better. I would love to see Minnesota be something other than an automatic win. I would love Minnesota to GO FOR 2 on wisconsin up by 28 points and have Leach say something like, "Card? What Card? I just hate that assface and wanted to punk him. I don't see a single thing wrong with that". It's what Minnesota as a team needs.
Having said all that, my guess is Gary Patterson is a better candidate and possibly better coach for the job. He has experience building a balanced team in an area where recruiting from Texas run off is your only chance to field competition. He would be a great hire for them. Not sure if they can get him though....
Would the freezing cold weather in Minnesota put a damper on the throw-happy offense that Leach likes to run? I would tend to think so but I'm no expert.
don't work in the b10
always have small white slot WRs who always seems to get open like Wes Welker or Danny Amendola.
Patterson already turned them down once, and has since gone on to even bigger and better seasons at TCU. I don't see him suddenly changing his mind and going to Minnesota now, even if they did offer more money this time.
I think Minnesota and Leach would be a good fit. If Mark Richt somehow became available, I would jump all over him if I was Minnesota. We're not going to have a coaching vacancy, but if we did, I'd have been interested in Richt for our own program. Otherwise, I can't think of anyone making a bigger splash than Leach.
Envisioning other openings that might be open, I could see a school like Washington State being very interested in Leach (they have to fire their coach considering he's 4-28, and 1-21 in conference since he's been there), but I'd think there would be a better position for him available. If Dennis Erickson is fired, I think he'd be a great fit at Arizona State. His offense would fit in perfectly in the Pac-10, and I'd love to see him team up with Steven Threet.
Leach isn't a good fit for Minnehaha or anywhere else in the Big Ten. He needs to go to either the SEC or some relatively small program in another conference.
....from a Michigan fan I dont want to see him every year.
If we got lucky in Indiana with their passing game, we would have gotten killed with a Leach-led passing game this year.
Minnesota will never compete year and year out in the B10 without a coach that is BIGGER than the program. And they arent going to find that kind of coach unless he has some baggage.
I know it's not going to happen, but I just wonder what him and RichRod could cook up together. Of course, that would mean he wouldn't go all Mike Martz and call four running plays in an entire half.
Leach's passing game already looks like it was "inspired" by the passing version of RR's spread. All this would be is a gifted student working as a TA for his prof.
...and wait for one of these jobs:
- ECU Pirates
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Oakland Raiders
Or, aren't they making a new Pirates of the Caribbean?
Maybe Captain Morgan can sponsor the stadium.
I don't get Sirius/Xm etc. but have heard that Leach has a show on there. We all know he talks out of his ass and loves pirates, but has anyone ever heard that show to see if it is actually good? I mean its probably entertaining, but not sure what else it would be.
Hate to say it but I think he'd be a fantastic hire for minnesota. He would make them a credible force pretty quickly IMO.
ture, different ethos. If they bring Leach in and more f-ups ensue, whoa. Just too risky right now, from an admin POV, whatever you think of Leach. (Personally, I find him pretty fun, and obviously a good coach. But some of the players were real happy he left, so I agree w. those who say the story was multifaceted and lots, likely, remained unreported.) I'm also QUITE happy if Minn. doesn't bring in some offensive mastermind, thanks.
They would be considered insane not to hire him. I lived in Texas for 8 years during his Texas Tech rise. He brought that school from obscurity to BCS using players that Texas, Oklahoma and even A & M didn't want. Plus energized the fan base by giving the program an identity.
A different approach is what is called for at Minnesota. The issues regarding recruit perception and available talent seem pretty similar to Tech.
He can even go viking rather than pirate.
If the hiring goes down, the new division is looking like the gauntlet. No gimmes out of those teams.
I think he's a good coach, but he also benefited from being in the state of Texas and having that talent pool to recruit from.
Minnesota isn't exactly a recruiting hot bed. It would be interesting to see how well he would do recruiting wise there.
former Gopher QB and coach of the Philadelphia Soul.
I was kinda thinking Leach might get a look at Miami (YTM) after they can Shannon.