November 16th, 2011 01:27 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Ole Miss
Tags: Erik Ryan Solberg, Houston Nutt, Ole Miss, Texas Tech
Among fans, he’s probably the most popular coaching prospect in the country. But when it comes to administrators, boards and presidents who actually hire football coaches… not so much.
Mike Leach — whose name has been kicked around as a possible replacement for Houston Nutt by everyone including Houston Nutt — sounded a bit disappointed this afternoon when Oxford radio host Erik Ryan Solberg asked him on WUMS-FM if he’d been contacted by Ole Miss officials:
“I wouldn’t tell ya if I had… but I haven’t.”
A hint of frustration could be detected as he uttered those last three words.
Leach once again reiterated that “Ole Miss is a job that I think anyone would have an interest in” and that “all SEC jobs are good and they’re all exciting.”
Looking at Leach’s success at Texas Tech — 10 bowls in 10 years, good graduation rates, etc — there are only two possible reasons the man with the explosive offense hasn’t been snapped up by a program hungry for success:
1. His mercurial nature
2. His lawsuit against the most powerful entity in sports, ESPN
Perhaps Archie Manning and crew will pick up a phone and chat with Leach at some point in the coming weeks. But since he’s already out of work and free to talk, if someone was going to contact him from Oxford, they’d have likely done so by now.
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